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A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled, has mental health issues or misuses drugs or alcohol.
About Carers Support Centre
Carers Support Centre is a charity based in Bristol and South Gloucestershire that provides specialist support to carers, including children aged eight to 18. This includes one-to-one and family support, carers’ groups, respite activities, short breaks and training. Carers of any age can contact the charity for support.CarersLine: 0117 965 2200
SPRING 2017 PROGRAMME
All are welcome to our evening meetings in the Casson Centre, Rodway Road, on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start. Refreshments and raffle at each meeting.
Monday 20 February: “Lilies & Spring Bulbs”, talk by David Everett
Monday 20 March: “Spring Flowers”, talk by George Always
Tuesday 18 April: Plant Sale & American Supper with discussion on future events and speakers
For further information on the Society, please contact the Secretary,
Joe Hicks on 01454-501278 or Treasurer, Kath Harris on 0117-969-5275
Groups for Carers
A carer is anyone who helps look after someone in their family or a friend. They could be ill, disabled, have mental health problems or be misusing drugs or alcohol.Isolation and loneliness is something that many people face as a result of their caring responsibilities. By putting the person they look after first, carers often no longer have the time to see other friends and family.
They may also feel unable to talk to colleagues about their caring responsibilities or have to leave work altogether. The extra costs of caring and fall in income many carers face may mean they cannot afford social activities anymore. Or it can just seem like no-one understands their situation.Peer support from other people who understand can help many carers feel less alone. Carers Support Centre provides opportunities for carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire to get together.
Support groupsCarers Support Centre runs a number of support groups for carers. These are facilitated by staff and are a safe place for carers to off load their worries, share experiences and gain useful knowledge, with a lot of laughter along the way. The groups have relaxing activities and interesting speakers – covering topics such as power of attorney, choosing a care agency and stress management.One carer said, “I have found the variety of speakers and interaction with other carers very useful.”These support groups are drop-ins, so there is no need to book: just turn up.
There is a support group for carers in the Patchway area at Callicroft House, Patchway Council Office on Roadway Road. This group meets on the third Tuesday of every month 1.30-3.30pm.There is also a group for parents who care for children and young people with disabilities and special needs. This group usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 10.30am-12.30pm, at the 169th Bristol Scout Group Hut on Tranmere Avenue in Brentry. In February the group meets on Wednesday 22nd.Carers Support Centre also runs support groups for carers who look after someone with mental health issues:
For carers of people with dementia on the first Wednesday of every month 10.30-12.30, in The Coppice at Callington Road Hospital in Brislington. Carers wishing to attend should contact CarersLine 0117 965 2200.For carers of people with mental health problems on the second Tuesday of every month 7-9pm, at Carers Support Centre in Fishponds. Carers wishing to attend should contact Marilyn 0117 937 5622.For carers of people with Borderline Personality Disorder on alternate Tuesdays 7-9pm, at Rethink Mental Illness on City Road in St Pauls. In February the group meets on the 14th and 28th. Carers wishing to attend should contact Tracey 07922 746287.
Activity groups Activity groups aim to bring together carers with a common interest. Each group meets monthly and is supported by volunteers who are passionate about creating opportunities for carers to take some time out.Crafty Carers meets at Badminton Gardens on Beaufort Road in Downend, second Monday of every month 2-4pm.Carers Book Club meets at Christchurch Youth HUB building in Downend, third Tuesday of every month 11-12am.To join an activity group contact Holly Thomas 0117 958 9984 firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about groups for carers and Carers Support Centre see www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk or contact CarersLine 0117 965 2200
Creative Arts Courses – Remapping your life
Give your wellbeing a boost! Make new friends! Lose yourself in creativity for an hour! Try a range of fun and gentle arts activities including music, writing, crafts and more. No experience of art needed!
Tuesdays 6.30pm – 8.00pm at Patchway Library
Creative Cafe welcoming older people and those with memory loss
A sociable space to meet, create, reminisce and reimagine! Try a range of fun and gentle arts activities including music, writing, crafts and more – carers welcome to participate too. No experience of art needed!
Tuesdays 1.30pm – 3.00pm at Patchway Library
For more information contact Donna Baber on 07840 663616 or email@example.com
The Committee would like to wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and good health and fortune in the New Year. We have very much appreciated your support during 2016 and look forward to seeing you in 2017.Joyeux Noël et les felicitations pour le Nouvel An!
Glückliches Weihnachten und wünscht am besten für das Neujahr!
ANNUAL DINNER You are invited to join us for our annual dinner at Filton Golf Club on Friday 10 March at 7.30 pm. This is always a very enjoyable evening and we look forward to seeing you. The menu is attached as well as the directions for reaching the golf club. The cost per person will be £17.Bookings will be taken by Ann Davies, so please contact her on 0117-969-3076 with your menu choices. Door to door transport will be available by Patchway Minibus.
15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TWINNING WITH GAUTING In 2017 we will celebrate our 15th anniversary of signing the twinning charter with Gauting. There will be a visit from Gauting to Patchway in May and a visit from Patchway to Gauting in October and all our members are welcome to take part in these visits. From 17-21 May the Mayor of Gauting will visit Patchway with a group of Council representatives and twinning members. We are planning a programme involving schools and the youth centre as well as visits to places of interest and a dinner to which all are welcome. We will be pleased to receive offers of accommodation for our visitors so please do get in touch if you are able to help with this.From 5-8 October we have been invited to visit Gauting and please do let us know if you would like to be part of this visit.
BRISTOL-HANNOVER TWINNING CONFERENCE The Bristol-Hannover group are holding a Town Twinning Conference in Bristol in May and some members of the Committee plan to attend. If any member would be interested in meeting other town with German twins, please contact the Secretary for more information.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION If you were not able to attend the AGM in July, you can send your membership subscription to our new Membership Secretary. Please send a cheque made out to Patchway Twinning Association for £5 individual or £10 family/group/school to Mr. T. Counsell, 70 Worthing Road, Patchway, BS34 5HX. We do appreciate the support of all our members.For more information go to www.patchway-twinning.org.uk
The flu vaccination is currently available to help protect adults and children at risk of flu. Flu can be unpleasant,but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. However in certain people such as:
. Anyone aged 65 and over
. Pregnant women
. Children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly heart or respiratory disease)
.Children and adults with weakend immune systems.…
Anyone in these groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications, such as pneumonia(lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them . If you , or someone you care for , are entitled to a free flu jab, contact your GP today. For more information see.www.nhs.co.uk/flu
Volunteer Opportunity: Sitting service and companionship
Monday to Friday, mornings or afternoons
Do you enjoy building relationships with new people and want a rewarding role where you make a real difference? Carers looking after a family member or friend give invaluable care and support, so regular time-out is important to enable them to ‘recharge the batteries’.We are looking for volunteer companions to enable carers to take a regular break, by spending quality time with the person they care for.Volunteers will be friendly, reliable and trustworthy. You will be sociable and enjoy the company of others. Additionally volunteers need to be sensitive, caring and compassionate.
If this sounds like the ideal volunteering role for you, please contact:
Sitting Service Coordinator
Tel: 0117 937 5622 or 07722 283 672
Carers Support Centre provides information and advice to carers of any living in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas.
Town Council Address:
Tel: 01454 868530
Fax: 01454 868534