Last year’s National Fundraising Campaign for Carers – Britain’s Best Breakfast – is back, and it’s bigger and better this year!


Britain's Best BreakfastThe campaign will run throughout October and Wandsworth Carers’ Centre will be organising some activities, including a quiz, to raise money. You can contribute to the success of the campaign simply by hosting a breakfast at home. For this occasion, we have designed a special fundraising pack to help you organise your event. The main aim is for you to spend an enjoyable time while raising a toast to Carers. If you would like to host a breakfast, please get in touch with Philippa at or Clemence at We will register you and send you a fundraising pack.

Happy breakfast!

Cancer Awareness Training for Carers of People with a Learning Disability

Are you looking after someone who has a learning disability? Then this training is for you.

Did you know that people with a learning disability are less likely to attend Cancer screening appointments than the rest of the population?

This means they may be at risk of being diagnosed with cancer at a later stage. Come along to this friendly, informal and interactive training session led by Elise Bapor Teungat, Cancer Screening Liaison Nurse at St George’s Hospital. She will talk you through the signs and symptoms of common cancers, so you can become more aware for yourself, and better able to support the person you care for if they are invited to attend screening.

Time: 11am to 1pm | Date: Thursday 19th November 2015 | Location:Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, 181 Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 4JE

To put your name down, please call us on 020 8877 1200 or email:

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Wednesday 18th November 2015from 1.30pm to 2.45pm at Earlsfield Library, 276 Magdalen Road, London SW18 3NY

Guest Speaker: Jen Tulloch, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Dementia – Jen will speak on ‘Dementia Awareness’

Please call us on 020 8877 1200 to let us know you are coming

Light refreshments will be available at the end of the meeting.

Carer Information and Support Programme (CrISP)

This 4-week course is for family and friends who care for someone living with dementia. It covers information and support on topics such as What is Dementia, Legal and Money Matters, Support Services and Planning for the Future. The next course starts this Autumn. For full details and to book please call the Alzheimer’s Society Wandsworth on 020 8877 0033.

Looking After Me (LAM) – a Course for Carers

Do you look after someone? Is your health affected? Would you like to feel more in control? Then the LAM course is for you. Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, in partnership with Wandsworth Self-Management Service, will be running the LAM course.

The course looks at: Relaxation techniques, Dealing with tiredness, Planning for the future, Exercise and healthy eating, Coping with depression, Communicating with family, friends and professionals

Course dates: Session one starts on Tuesday 20th October 2015, continuing on for the following 5 Tuesdays until Tuesday 24th November from 10.30am to 1pm at Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, 181 Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 4JE.

Bookings for this course can be made by contacting Wandsworth Carers’ Centre directly on: 020 8877 1200 or email:

Carers’ Evening Information Session

For more information and to book a place, please contact Wandsworth Carers’ Centre on Tel: 020 8877 1200 or Email: OPEN TO ALL CARERS

Monday 16th November 2015 from 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Peer Support Consultation

This month’s Evening Information Session will be a Consultation on Peer Support

  • We want you to shape the type of peer support you want in Wandsworth
  • Now is your chance to say what you would like –for example, a Carers’ Choir, a Peer Support Group, Peer Training, a Walking Group or a Buddying system
  • We will work with you to develop a range of Peer Support Systems that emphasise the ‘Peer’ in Peer Support

Venue: Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, Balham Office,  46 Balham High Road, London SW12 9AQ

For more information and to book a place, please contact Wandsworth Carers’ Centre on Tel: 020 8877 1200 or Email:

The Sunflower Cafe and The Bluebell Cafe

The Sunflower Cafe supports dementia in Putney and The Bluebell Cafe does the same in Battersea.

The Sunflower Café and The Bluebell Café are monthly gatherings where people with dementia, their families and friends can meet for afternoon tea in the company of others in a similar situation. Our aim is to provide a welcoming environment for people to share experiences and enjoy spending time together.

The Sunflower Café is held on the 1st Saturday of every month from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at the Platt Centre, 22 Felsham Road, Putney, London SW15 1DA (please note that there is a small charge of £2).

The Bluebell Café is held on the 4th Saturday of every month from 2pm to 4pm at the Katherine Low Settlement, 108 Battersea High Street, London SW11 3HP (please note that there is a small charge of £2).

If you are interested in coming along to the Café or volunteering, please contact the Café Co-ordinator on 020 8877 0033 or email

The Cafés are provided by the Alzheimer’s Society under the Carers Partnership Wandsworth

Have you received a Carers’ Assessment?

Please contact Philippa at Wandsworth Carers’ Centre and let us know:

  • What was your experience when you first asked for an assessment, and were initially assessed over the phone?
  • What was your experience of the assessment appointment?
  • Do you have any feedback about the outcome of your assessment?

Your feedback will be shared with Social Services so we can help improve the service they are providing to Carers.

Carer Representatives

Did you know that we have Carer Representatives whose role it is to represent the views of Carers at strategic meetings? We currently have representatives for the following:

  • Mental Health
  • Substance Misuse
  • Stroke
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Social Services
  • Integrated Community Equipment – for example hoists, mattresses

If you have experiences you want to share with your representative, or you would like to be a representative, please contact Philippa on Tel: 020 8675 0811 or Email

Are you the Parent or Carer of a Child or Young Person (U18) with a Mental Health Diagnosis?

Figures suggest you are not alone. A recent report states that there are 3,000 young people in the borough with a mental health diagnosis and as many as one in ten of all teenagers suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety.* As part of Wandsworth Carers’ Centre’s new contract, we are now able to offer you the support, information and advice that can be so hard to access. Our services include:

  • One to one support for your caring role
  • Benefits advice
  • Information about mental health conditions and mental health services in Wandsworth
  • Workshops and information evenings
  • Alternative therapies and counselling

To kick off our new service, we would like to invite parents or Carers to come and meet our team over a cup of tea and a biscuit, hear from mental health professionals in Wandsworth and chat with others facing similar challenges:

Date: 3rd November 2015 Time: 6pm

Location: Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, 46 Balham High Road, London SW12 9AQ.

Refreshments will be provided

Please let us know if you are able to attend by calling Sarah at Wandsworth Carers’ Centre on 020 8675 0811or Email:

* Wandsworth Borough/Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group: Wandsworth Children and Young People’s Mental Health Strategy 2014-2016

Free Flu Jabs and NHS health Checks for Carers!

Flu season is fast approaching and as a Carer you can get a free ‘flu jab to help protect you and the person you are caring for. We are running a ‘flu jab drop-in session on Thursday 15th October 2015 from 11.00am to 2.00pmat Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, 181 Wandsworth High Street, Wandsworth, London SW18 4JE. Alongside this we are also offering free NHS health checks. Why not get yourself a health MOT at the same time as your flu jab? To put your name down, please contact us on Tel: 020 8877 1200.

Training Courses for Carers

Training will be made up of workshops which aim to support, develop and enable Carers to understand their caring role, develop their own skills and interests, and begin to think about and plan for the future. Workshops will include topics such as introduction to caring, managing stress, understanding guilt, making a will and moving and handling.

Free Stress Management Course for Carers

Dates: 2nd December and 9th December 2015 – Time: 11am to 1pm

Location: Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, 46 Balham High Road, London SW12 9AQ.

Attendance at both sessions is required A light lunch will be provided on both days

Our Stress Management Course for Carers has been designed and developed with Carers for Carers. The course involves two 3-hour sessions that are delivered over two consecutive weeks and include the following:

  • What is Stress?
  • Personal Stress Triggers
  • Time Management and Prioritising
  • Coping Strategies & Stress Management Techniques
  • Breathing and Relaxation Exercises

For more information and to book your place, please contact Wandsworth Carers’ Centre on Tel: 020 8675 0811 or Email:


Thursday 22nd October 2015 from 2pm to 4pm at the Carers’ Centre, Balham Office

The Carers Star – The plan that focuses on you! Support to identify areas of your life that are going well and identify the areas that need further planning and support.

Bookings for these courses can be made by contacting Wandsworth Carers’ Centre directly on: 020 8877 1200 or Email:

Long Term Planning Workshop

10.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday 26th November 2015 at the Carers’ Centre, Wandsworth Office

Training for Carers to start thinking about long-term life planning. This training will provide information to Carers on long-term planning focussing on key decisions that need to be made for the person they care for. This includes topics on areas such as:

  • Care
  • Finances
  • Housing
  • Health
  • Religion
  • Social

To book a place on the training, please call Wandsworth Carers’ Centre on 020 8877 1200.

Invite from The Asian Carers Group

The Asian Carers Group would like to invite ALL Carers to join them to celebrate Eid and Diwali on 13th October 2015 from 2pm to 4pm at the Carers’ Centre, Balham Office. To book your place please call 020 8877 1200 or email


Carers of Adults with Learning Disabilities (35 plus)

This group for Carers of older Adults with Learning Disabilities meets on the 1st Thursday of each month 11.30am to 1.30pmand is facilitated by Tom Young. We discuss issues from Day Care, Transition from Home to Supported Housing and all aspects of Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities in Wandsworth. NEXT MEETINGS: 1st October and 5th November 2015 at the Carers’ Centre, Wandsworth Office.

Carers of Younger Adults with Learning Disabilities (under 35)

This group is facilitated by Tom Young and meets on the 2nd Tuesday every 2 months 11am to 1pm. Would you like to meet other Carers like you to talk about anything and everything? Exchange ideas, relax, listen and talk to speakers. NEXT MEETING: 13th October 2015 at the Carers’ Centre, Wandsworth Office.

Carers of People with Dementia (including Alzheimer’s)

This group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month 11am to 1pm and is facilitated by Wandsworth Carers’ Centre. This is a supportive and friendly peer support group for people who care for a person with dementia. NEXT MEETINGS: 14th October and 11th November 2015 at the Carers’ Centre, Wandsworth Office.

Ex-Carers Support Group

Meets every fortnight on Wednesdays afternoons 2pm to 4pm. This is a group where people who have stopped caring for someone can have a cake and a cup of tea and receive support to help you get started on your own life after caring. NEXT MEETINGS: 14th and 28th October 2015 and 11th and 25th November 2015 at the Carers’ Centre, Wandsworth Office.

Acquired Brain Injury Support Group

Meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month 11am to 1pm at the Balham Office. NEXT MEETINGS: 15th October and 19th November 2015 at the Carers’ Centre, Balham Office.

All Groups Welcome New Members

Asperger’s Carers Support Group

A friendly group that seeks to provide peer support and to consult with local decision makers. The group is facilitated by Tom Young and meets on the last Thursday of the month 6.30pm to 8pm at the Carers’ Centre Wandsworth Office. NEXT MEETINGS: 29th October and 26th November 2015 at the Carers’ Centre, Wandsworth Office.

Group for Carers of Adults who Experience a Mental Illness

This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month 2pm to 4pm and is facilitated by Christine Lewis, Rethink Mental Illness and Abi McNeil from the Carers’ Centre, enabling Carers to support each other and share experiences in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere. NEXT MEETINGS: 8th October and 12th November 2015 at the Carers’ Centre, Wandsworth Office.

Carers of Older People Support Group

The support group for Carers of older people meets on the last Wednesday of each month 11am to 1pm. We’re a friendly group and very supportive of each other. It’s a great way of meeting other Carers and airing your views and experiences. NEXT MEETINGS: 28th October and 25th November 2015 at the Carers’ Centre, Wandsworth Office.

Carers’ Evening Information Sessions – OPEN TO ALL CARERS

Sessions are held on the 3rd Monday of every other month at the Carers’ Centre Balham Office. These sessions are presented by guest speakers and are an opportunity for Carers to receive information on various topics, ask questions, have discussions and share information. For information call 020 8675 0811. NEXT MEETING: 16th November 2015 – Topic: Peer Support Consultation.

Coffee Club

The Coffee Club is a social informal support group open to all Carers and Cared for registered with Carers’ Partnership Wandsworth. Light refreshments provided – it is a space to meet other Carers, talk about issues or just chat generally. Drop in for as long as you can stay – come as often as you like! The Coffee Club meets every 3rd Friday of the month 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Carers’ Centre Balham Office. NEXT MEETINGS: 16th October and 20th November 2015.

Groups – continued

Substance Misuse Carers’ Group

Does someone you care about use drugs or alcohol? Come and meet with others in a friendly and supportive environment. Share experiences, learn about relevant topics and gain new information from guest speakers. This group meets on the 4th Thursday of every month 11am to 1pm at the Carers’ Centre Balham Office. NEXT MEETINGS: 22nd October and 26th November 2015.

Asian Carers’ Group

A friendly supportive group where you can come and meet other Carers, socialise, share experiences in confidence, get advice and information. The Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month 2pm to 4pm at the Carers’ Centre Balham Office. NEXT MEETINGS: 13th October (Eid and Diwali Celebration) and 10th November 2015.

Transition Carers Support Group – Learning Disabilities

This group is for Carers that are or have gone through the transition period from school to adult services aged 18 and over. The group is run by Jane Delaney, a Carer, with support from Wandsworth MENCAP. The group meets from 11.00am to 12.30pm on the last Friday of the month (except during school holidays) at the Wandsworth MENCAP Office, 26 Totterdown Street, Tooting, London SW17 8TA. For more details please contact Chris at Wandsworth MENCAP on Tel: 020 8767 9911. NEXT MEETINGS: 30th October and 31st November 2015.

Mental Health Carers Group

This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month 1.30pm t3.30pmat the Katherine Low Settlement, 108 Battersea High Street, London SW11 3HP. For further information please contact Sarah Rackham, Tel: 020 7223 2845. NEXT MEETINGS: 15th October and 19th November 2015.

Evening Dementia Carers Peer Support Group

This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month 6pm to 7.30pm at the Hail Hub, 178 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ED. The group is facilitated by Alzheimer’s Society Wandsworth. NEXT MEETINGS: 20th October and 17th November 2015.

“NETWORK CIRCLE” SURGERY FREE Information, Advice and Guidance

With special expertise in adult MENTAL HEALTH and LEARNING DISABILITIES

  • Do you live in the borough of WANDSWORTH?
  • Do you have NEEDS or care for an adult who does?
  • Do you have QUESTIONS about care and support?


Carers RightsThe Hub is developing EVEN further with regular advisors from Rethink Advocacy Service AND Wandsworth Council Fitness Support Team!

EVERY MONDAY 2pm to 4pm September and October 2015 By appointment only

Wandsworth & Westminster Mind, in partnership with HAIL Tel: 07738 403 341 l Email: HAIL Hub, 178 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, London SW18 4ED  (opposite Brocklebank Centre)


Reiki: Now Available at the Carers’ Centre

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique of healing that works on the energy of the body. Reiki works at several levels, not just physical, but also emotional and spiritual. During a Reiki session, this life force energy is transmitted through the practitioner and flows through the body of the receiver. If ones life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it’s high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

What can I expect during an appointment?

During a Reiki session, the practitioner will place their hands lightly on different parts of your body. The practitioner will move their hands to the areas where they feel Reiki is most needed. Reiki is an intelligent energy that flows where the imbalances are in your body. Reiki can be practiced hands-on or hands-off. It is always practiced through clothes so you don’t have to undress.

How it can help me?

Reiki can restore natural balance and support the body’s physical ability to heal itself. It can strengthen the immune system and relieve pain. It can also relieve stress, help to relax, calm the mind’s activity and release emotional blockages. As a Carer, it is essential for you to relax and remain healthy.

Reiki is available at the Balham Office on Friday afternoons. The therapist is female. For more information or to go on the waiting list, please call us on 020 8675 0811 or email:

Wandsworth Carers’ Centre Opening Hours

The telephone lines at Wandsworth Carers’ Centre are open from 9.30am to 5.30pm on Monday to Friday. The Carers’ Centre at 181 Wandsworth High Street is open to drop in on Monday to Thursday from 10am to 5pm and on Friday for appointments only. Working Carers: Out of hours appointments may be offered to working Carers. Home visits may be offered to Carers who are unable to get to the Centre.

Osteopathic Clinic

Do you suffer from back pain or joint problems? Do you need advice on moving and handling? We have a regular Osteopathic clinic at both sites (Wandsworth and Balham) which could help and give you advice on how to care for your back and joints.

Therapeutic Services – Complementary therapies

We also offer a number of therapies to Carers including Tui Na (Chinese massage), Body Massage, Alexander Technique, Japanese Face Massage, Homeopathy and Acupuncture.

Please call 020 8877 1200 or 020 8675 0811 for more information on all of our services and for booking appointments.


1st October 2015 Carers of Adults with Learning Disabilities (and 5th November 2015)
3rd October 2015 The Sunflower Café (Supporting Dementia in Putney)(and 7th November)
5th October 2015 “Network Circle” Surgery (Every Monday – By Appointment Only)
8th October 2015 Group for Carers of Adults who Experience a Mental Illness (and 12th November 2015)
13th October 2015 Carers of Younger Adults with Learning Disabilities
13th October 2015 Asian Carers’ Group – Eid & Diwali Celebration (and 10th November 2015)
14th October 2015 Carers of People with Dementia (including Alzheimer’s) (and 11th November 2015)
14th October 2015 Ex-Carers Support Group (and 28th October and 11th and 25th November 2015)
15th October 2015 Acquired Brain Injury Support Group (and 19th November 2015)
15th October 2015 ‘Flu Jab Drop-in Session
15th October 2015 Mental Health Carers Group (and 19th November 2015)
16th October 2015 Coffee Club (and 20th November 2015)
20th October 2015 Looking After Me (LAM) Course for Carers ( and 27th October and 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th November 2015)
20th October 2015 Evening Dementia Carers Peer Support Group (and 17th November 2015)
22nd October 2015 Substance Misuse Carers’ Support Group (and 26th November 2015)
22nd October 2015 Carers Star
24th October 2015 The Bluebell Café (Supporting Dementia in Battersea)  and 28th November)
28th October 2015 Carers of Older People (and 25th November 2015)
29th October 2015 Asperger’s Carers Support Group (and 26th November 2015)
30th October 2015 Transition Carers Support Group – Learning Disabilities (and 31st November 2015)
3rd November 2015 Parent or Carer of a Child or Young Person (under 18) with a Mental Health Diagnosis
16th November 2015 Carers’ Evening Information Session Topic: Peer Support Consultation
18th November 2015 Wandsworth Carers’ Centre Annual General Meeting
19th November 2015 Cancer Awareness Training for Carers of People with a Learning Disability
26th November 2015  Long Term Planning Workshop
2nd December 2015 Free Stress Management Course for Carers (and 9th December 2015)


Upcoming Events

Are you the Parent or Carer of a child or young person under 18 with a mental health condition?

Date: Tuesday November 3rd Time: 6pm Location: Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, 46 Balham High Road London SW12 9AQ
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