We are pleased to announce that our Wandsworth Carers’ Guide has been updated and is ready for Carers and Professionals to use.
This guide is jam packed full of information and support for Carers about where they can seek support for themselves and the person they care for.
We have a downloadable version here, and it is also available in hard copy. Please pop into the office to collect yours, or give us a call on 020 8877 1200.
Wandsworth Carers Guide
Come along to Pauls’ Cancer Support Centre’s new group for cancer patients and their carers at the Doddington & Rollo Community Roof Garden.
The group will meet every Monday (1-4pm) starting 24th April 2017 for this 10 week course, to share time together and enjoy the benefits of therapeutic gardening. Click here for more details.
Spaces are limited so to register your interest please call on 020 7924 3924 or click here.
The London Assembly Health Committee would like to understand the challenges faced by Deaf and disabled people in accessing mental health support in London. The Committee will use your responses and their findings to make recommendations, and influence the Mayor and the London Health Board’s mental health plans.
“Around 14 per cent of adult Londoners have a disability – [this is] around 1.1 million people. Studies have shown that Deaf and disabled people are more likely to experience common mental health problems, especially anxiety and depression [when compared to the wider population].”
If you or the person you care for is deaf or has a disability, please complete this survey to share your experience and views: Mental Health Needs of deaf and disabled people.docx
New training course run by Adfam – for parents who have experienced abuse from a child (can be an adult child) who misuses substances.
Download the flyer here for more information:
Opportunity for Carer Representatives
- Wandsworth NHS are currently seeking volunteers to play a key role in helping us shape the future of services for our local NHS.
- As a patient representative, service user, or carer your role will be to attend meetings and speak from a service user perspective, acting as a critical friend
Right Care Best Setting Work stream
The Right Care Best Setting (RCBS) work stream is working to ensure that patients are seen and treated in the most clinically appropriate setting available. The work stream has reviewed a number of patients that have received hospital treatment and has established that a number of patients would benefit either from earlier discharge, or from having their admission avoided completely. The RCBS work stream is working with stakeholders across health and social care to ensure that patients are seen in the most clinically appropriate place. This involves understanding and reviewing care pathways across south west London, and building new ways of working into existing contracts to ensure that patients receive the best possible care at a fair price for the taxpayer.
What does the role involve?
Your role will be to attend meetings to bring in the voice and experience of patients/carers to discussions, acting as an independent critical friend.
Meetings will be held once a month and will usually take place in Wimbledon from 1pm – 3pm.
Reasonable travel and alternative care expenses will be paid. We will support you to participate through: training; induction meetings and one to one support.
You can apply if you:
- Are over 18
- live in Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Sutton, Richmond, Wandsworth or have experience/knowledge of using a service in these areas, and
- can commit to 2 hours every month to attend meetings (out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed); and
- are passionate and committed to improving the quality of care for patients
How to apply?
For more information or to request an information pack please contact Clare Thomas – email@example.com or phone 0203 458 5231.
Deadline for applications will be 5pm on Monday 6th February 2017
Free fire safety e-learning
London Fire Brigade has developed a free online training tool to help social care staff and family and friend Carers protect vulnerable people from fire.
Targeted at Carers, care workers and housing providers, the course helps people recognise everything from key fire risks to how to stop a fire from starting in the first place.
The course takes about 60 minutes to complete and can be accessed at: https://www.e-assessor.co.uk/cgi/radSVQ.cgi/registerTSA4
If you do not have access to the internet please let us know and you can complete the training in our office in Wandsworth. 020 8877 1200
We have Antoinette Phang, an Alcohol Detox Nurse from the Fresh Start Clinic, coming to talk about their service and the community detox program. Thursday 26th January 2017 from 11am to 1pm at the Carers’ Centre Balham office,
For more information contact Tom Shah on 020 8675 0811
Come along to this series of four free and inspirational workshops of movement and ballet with experienced facilitator Danielle Teale for people living with early stage dementia and their loved ones.
Ballet Workshops at bbodance, Wandsworth
London SW18 1TA
THURSDAYS, 10.30am – 12.00pm
6, 13, 20 Oct
What participants say:
“It makes such a difference, as if I don’t have dementia”
“It energises me, I have complete confidence when I come here”
Entrance at river end of Ensign House – follow the big orange signage for bbodance!
BUS: Bus routes 28, 44, 295 and C3 serve nearby bus stops Peter Gate TN/TJ and Bridgend Road TM/TD.
TRAIN: Wandsworth Town is the closest rail station, which is a short 7 minutewalk to Battersea Reach. Clapham Junction is a 15 minute walk or a short bus ride on the C3 bus.
To register, please contact: Tel: 020 7520 1492 firstname.lastname@example.org
Get together with other Carers for a leisurely walk.
Socialise, exercise and improve your general sense of wellbeing
James Ashwell gives a harrowing insight into how the dementia journey causes a uniquely stressful and complex set of circumstances for carers, leaving many close to despair – read more here on the unforgettable website