April Newsletter

At todays meeting I brought up about the future of HALDS, it has been slow to re-start after COVID and a lot of members are still not attending meetings or social events.  I understand some people are still being very careful and are hesitant to mix with other people, also some members circumstances have changed over the past 2 years, myself included, my caring role has changed, mum is no longer with us and Andrew is in independent living.  I also feel we have covered many subjects to do with our caring roles over the past 12 years since HALDS started.

I don’t want to finish HALDS altogether, we have all got a lot out of the group, had some great times and many friendships have been formed.

It was agreed that we will in the future hold quarterly meetings which will be held in a pub or another type of eating place, we can share any new information we have and also have a catch up.  We will be having a football card in place of a raffle at these meetings.

I will send out a newsletter a few weeks before our meetings, advising of where we are meeting and also advise choice of menu for that day. 

Dates of our meetings for 2022 are as follows:

            Wed 20th July at 12 noon (venue to be advised)

            Wed 19th October 12 noon (venue to be advised)

Our walking group will still carry on, each Monday (except for bowling Monday (2nd Monday of the month), next walking group will be Monday 16th May meet at Runcorn Hills by the café.

Our bowling will still also be taking place, the 2nd Monday of each month, except school holidays.  Next bowling will be Monday 9th May, meet 10am at Bowling in Widnes

Social events will still be taking place, to keep you updated I will also be keeping our website up to date www.halds.org.  Also information on walks, bowling etc will be on our Whats App group.  Any trips that need to be paid for, can be paid directly into HALDS bank account, details as follows:

NatWest Bank

Account Name – HALDS Halton Adults with learning disability support

Account Number – 15610993

Sort Code 60-18-06

Then please message me advising of amount paid, your name and trip paid for

I will still be at the end of the phone, if you have a problem.  I can sign post you to where you could get help, also if you wanted to attend monthly meetings, Halton Carers Centre hold coffee mornings in both Widnes and Runcorn, Glenis hosts these meetings and is hoping to start having speakers attending to enable carers to obtain information  

  • Funding

Our Easter Bingo raised £468 towards our funds and we have also been awarded funding from Arnold Clark of £1,000

  • Social Events :   

Leigh Garden Centre & Barn Owl – 27th April – This is now booked, no transport booked due  to only 10 people attending, meeting for the meal at 12 noon, but will visit Leigh Garden Centre in the morning  

Bowling – 4th May – this is now booked and paid for (16 people) please meet at Bowling, Widnes at 6.20pm, any money paid will be refunded to enable you to purchase refreshments.

 Royal Court Variety Lunch – 25th May – all seats taken, if you could please let me have your monies, we can also discuss what times you want to go!!!  

Llanfairtalhaiarn– Countryside walk 28th May – Country walk in North Wales, bring a picnic.  Please let me know if interested

Ormskirk market – Thurs 23rd June  – Cost £10 – Leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 10am, pick up Widnes Stobart Stadium 10.10am – Home 3.30/4pmish

West Midlands Safari Park –  Sat 9th July – Cost £20 – Leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 9am – Home 7pmish

If you are interested in any of the above, please put your name down, this will enable me to book the correct size coach required

Take care

Pam

March 2022 Newsletter

Our meeting on Monday 28th March was our long awaited AGM, Chairperson & Secretary remained the same as previous years, Bill Tottle as Chair and myself as secretary and Pat Wright was elected our new Treasurer.

Accounts were also shown for the past 3 years

Carol & Anna volunteered to continue organising our refreshments at the meeting, but it was decided to no longer have lunches, as number have dwindled at the meetings since starting back in January and a lot of food has been wasted.  For this months meeting we had hot pot from Quigleys which we all enjoyed.  In place of lunch, there will be biscuits and snacky bits, it was agreed for members to donate money in a dish for their refreshments.

Brenda Hayes volunteered to organise our raffle at the meetings and Maria volunteered to take money for social events and issue receipts.

I also asked for members to volunteer to go onto a steering committee to organise speakers for meetings and future social events, sadly only 2 members put their names down, thank you Maria & Lynne

It was also agreed that due to high postage costs, members who do not attend our meetings and have their newsletter posted to them will no longer receive our newsletter, this will not affect members who do NOT attend but receive our newsletters on line.

Fund Raising Events

Easter Bingo – Thursday 7th April – doors open 6.15, eyes down 7pm, 50p admission which includes a free raffle.  Looking for donations of Easter Eggs for prizes and raffle, plus also any other raffle prizes you could donate, If I could have these for Sunday evening at the latest, as Kerrie & Vera need to sort out prizes, PLEASE DO NOT BRING ON THE NIGHT

We are also looking for help on the night, on the door, selling of refreshments and selling raffle tickets.  Refreshments will be sold on the evening.  All money received go towards HALDS funds.  Thank you to Kerrie and Vera for organising the fund raising event for us.

Speakers for Meetings

It was felt we have exhausted a lot speakers to do with our caring role, if you would like me to invite any speakers we have had over the years, please let me know.   It was discussed to maybe have some speakers to do with local projects  i.e. Canal Project .  I am also going to ask Fire Safety to come along to a meeting.

Our next meeting on Monday 25th April at 11am – Jane is coming along to talk to us above alternate therapies

Social Events

Bowling at Widnes – Wed 4th May 6.30pm – I need to know numbers and payments of £7.50 per person is required to enable me to book.  Money will be refunded on the evening to purchase food and drink.  If you would like to come along, please let me have your money by 7th April.  If giving me the money at the bingo, please put in a sealed envelope with bowling and your name on the envelope.

Leigh Garden Centre & Lunch at the Barn Owl – Wed 27th April – Cost £10 – Leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 10am – Home 3.30/4pmish – I have menus for meal selection

Royal Court Variety Lunch Show – Wed 25th May – Cost £5 – This is now full

Walk and picnic by the river at Llanfair Talhaiarn abbreviated to Llanfair TH, Sat 28th May – Leave Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 10am – Home 5pmish

Ormskirk Market – Thurs 23rd June – Cost £10 – Leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 10am, pick up Widnes Stobart Stadium 10.10am – Home 3.30/4pmish

West Midlands Safari Park – Sat 9th July – Cost £20 – Leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station 9am – Home 7pmish

If you are interested in any of the above, please let me know, this will enable me to book the correct size coach required.

I am also looking at booking the following:

Liver Building Tour – September

Catton Hall – Archery etc

Liverpool Land Rover Experience tour

Magical Harry Potter Experience – Oct

REGULAR EVENTS

Walking Group – Due to bank holidays and other events, the next walking group meet will be Monday 16th May at Runcorn Heath Park, please meet outside the café at 10am

Bowling Group – Next bowling is Monday 11th April, meet at the bowling for 10am

August newsletter

In place of our meeting in July a few of us met in the Heath Park, Runcorn, it was a good social event, I am sure I speak for those who came along, that it felt good to get together and chat

Therefore our next meeting on Monday 23rd August, weather permitting, we will again meet in the Heath Park, Runcorn by the side of the lake.  Please bring a chair and your own refreshments.

We will then start our meetings on 27th September in Mencap hall in Laburnum Grove, Runcorn  at 12.30. There will be hand sanitisers on entering, seating will be spread out and lunch will be in smaller batches to put on tables, so there will be no queuing for lunch.

Our first meeting back will be a general catch up, then in October we will have our AGM.

Remember we still have our walking group, you can walk at your own pace and they normally last about 1 hour, we keep our distance and chat on our way round

Walks for September:               Monday 6th          Wigg Island 11am

                                                    Monday 13th         Heath Park 11am

                                                    Monday 20th         Victoria Park 11am

Beauty & The Beast at Liverpool Empire 13th October 2021, Coach will be picking up at Runcorn Old Town bus station at 6pm, Runcorn Stobbard Stadium at 6.10.

If you like gardening, I am also involved in Greenfingers Gardening Group, which is held on a Thursday 10.30am -1pm at the rear of Brookvale Community Centre.  We have made part of the garden into an allotment and we grow our own veg from seed and are also now starring to sell our produce on a Thursday at the centre.  You do not need any gardening experience to join, just come along and enjoy meeting other people and getting stuck in with the allotment.

Also on a Thursday afternoon at Brookvale Community Centre they now have a tea dance, 1pm – 3pm all welcome – Cost is £5 and you get a cuppa and a piece of cake

Pam xxx         

November Newsletter

Hi folks

I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times, hopefully most of you will have had your 1st vaccine and possibly your 2nd .  I feel that we can now start seeing a light at the end of the tunnel for getting back to some type of normality (whatever that may be)

I am hopefully going to start up our meetings again on Monday 28th June at 12.30pm , I will distance the chairs, no tables and no refreshments.  We will just have a general catch up and then on Monday 26th July we will have our AGM.

I am glad to say the walking group can re-commence on Monday 29th March, please see below for meetings places:

            Mon 29th March –  Meet Spike Island car park 11am

            Mon 12th April  – Meeting in car park for cinema and ice rink in Widnes 11am

            Mon 19th April  – Meet Victoria Park 11am

            Mon 26th April   – Meet Runcorn Heath Park 11am

Funding

In April last year Sharon & Danny should of been partaking in a walk at Hale Park, unfortunately due to the first lockdown this event was cancelled.   Since then they have done plenty of walking which would compensate for the walk that never took place.  Thank you to the members who sponsored them. Thank you Sharon & Danny you raised £50 towards HALDS funds.

The Christmas card donations also raised £110 towards our funds, thank you to the members who donated.  

Social Events

The Osmonds Musical at Liverpool Empire – Wed 3rd Nov – I have received an e-mail from ATG tickets advising that The Osmonds Musical has been rescheduled to 7/9/2022 at 7.30pm.  I will leave the tickets booked and you can advise nearer the time if you are able to attend, otherwise money will be reimbursed to you.  This is only for people who have already booked and paid.  

13th October – Beauty & The Beast at Liverpool Empire, cost £10 for HALDS members and £32.50 for non members.   This is now all booked and paid for

Carers News

Carers Emergency Plan – if you are looking after someone regularly you may worry about what would happen if you are taken ill, or are in an accident or similar emergency.  How will you be able to ensure that the person you care for will not be left without support?  The Carers Emergency Plan (CEP) is provided by the local authority and is designed to give you peace of mind in such circumstances.  The CEP will provide you and your cared for with access to rapid message handling service, 24/7.    This service is free, please contact either Halton Carers Centre for more information or direct to Adult social care on

Hospital Card – Carers who are caring for someone in hospital are entitled to open visiting.  Carers just need to tell the ward they are a carer and they will issue a card for open visiting.  This service is only available at Halton & Warrington Hospitals

Take care and stay safe

Pam xxxxx

November Newsletter

Hi folks

Here we are again in another lockdown, try to keep yourselves busy and stay positive, hopefully by next summer, we will be back to our social events and we will be saying virus!! What virus? !!!!!   Start making a list of places you would like to go or things to do, as the money is sitting there in the bank untouched. 

Our walking group has stopped again for this lockdown and will re start on Wed 9th December. If you would like to join us in our walks, please let me know.

At present Dunham Massey Christmas event is still going ahead, as its restricted numbers and also takes place outdoors, this is now all booked and paid for.  Our tour is 7pm, so we will probably arrange to meet outside at 6.50pm.  No one has paid, but please ensure you are definitely coming, as the tickets were £18 each.   If you feel you are unable to attend please let me know and I will see if I can get anyone else for your tickets.

I think I can say that the weekend at the Marlborough will not be taking place in Dec as planned.  Once its safe to do so, we will have a well earned break there.

I also have money here for members for trips cancelled this year, if you would like to come and collect from mine, please let me know and I can arrange pick up.

Carers News:

It was announced a few days ago, that adults 18 plus, who have Downs Syndrome  have been added to the list of people who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19.  For more information, please visit the Downs Syndrome Association website.   

If you need to attend Halton Hospital for a blood test you now have to make an appointment, please telephone 01925 662011

Halton Hospital hearing clinic as re-opened but again you have to make an appointment by telephoning Audiology at Warrington on 01925 662420

I have been informed that Lloyds Pharmacy in Runcorn Old Town will be closing early in the new year, therefore if you have your prescriptions automatically sent there via your doctor, now is the time to change your pharmacy, before the rush in the new year. 

TAKE CARE & STAY SAFE

October Newsletter

Hi all

We are all facing difficult times at present, we were hoping to be able to get to our monthly meetings and a meal out, but sadly more restrictions were put in place which stopped us meeting up.  Once I know we are safe to meet, I will arrange a monthly meeting and a meal out to enable us all to get together.  On a good note, the money is untouched in the bank, so once we are able to start moving about, the social events will start up immediately and then hopefully, present times will seem like a dream or nightmare in the past.

Our walking group at present is still taking place, (but this may change on Mondays announcements)  so if you fancy meeting up (covid distances) and talking a casual walk, please let me know, we meet every Wednesday at 11am at different venues.

Dunham Massey Christmas event is still going ahead, as its restricted numbers and also takes place outdoors, this is now all booked and paid for.  Our tour is 7pm, so we will probably arrange to meet outside at 6.50pm.  If you could please let me have your £5s asap, (you can put them in an envelope and post through my door, please do not knock in case I am not in and saves disturbing my mum, thank you )

Obviously we do not know whether The Marlborough Hotel in Llandudno will go ahead in December, but I will keep you posted nearer the time.

I also have money here for members for trips cancelled this year, if you would like to come and collect from mine, please let me know and I can arrange pick up.

Its that time of year again for winter ailments, so don’t forget about Care in the Chemist which gives you advice and treatment for a range of minor conditions.  This is for people who receive free prescriptions only.

A member has asked me to ask if anyone knows an experienced PA who would like

a job with an elderly lady, If you know anyone interested I will forward their name on. 

TAKE CARE & STAY SAFE

September Newsletter

After a 6 month lockdown,  I am looking at starting up the HALDS meetings again, starting from Monday 28th September at the new time of 1pm.  Please do not arrive before 12.50pm.  Sadly there will be no lunch and no drinks. You will also need to let me know before hand if you are attending the meeting and also if you are in a social bubble with anyone else coming along to the meeting, this will enable me to put out chairs for each group, i.e. 2 chairs for 2 people, 3 chairs for 3 people, there will then be a 2 metre gap between bubbles. The hall has been thoroughly cleaned and all the tables and a lot of the chairs have been moved out of the main room.  The ladies toilet is blocked off, so ladies have to use the disabled toilet and mens is as normal, we only have access to the main room and the toilets.  There is anti bac gel at the entrance and outside the toilets and social distancing reminders on the floor. 


On arrival, you will need to gel your hands and I will then tell you were you are sitting.  The only time you are get up to walk round is to go the toilet.

For our September meeting, we will have a general catch up, money will be refunded to any trips which you had paid for, which has been cancelled.

For our October meeting we will hold our AGM.

Hopefully these precautions will only be for a short time and things will then get back to some normality.

I have spoken to Anthonys travel today and for safety to the passengers they have had filters put into their air conditioning on the coaches, this filters the air, making it safer for us.  They also only have half the numbers on the coaches.

I have also spoken to the Marlborough Hotel, Llandudno and the hotel is only open for guests, hand gel in all general areas, waitress service at the bar, tables in dining room more spaced out and sadly no entertainment.  Please let me know if you would like to come along to the Marlborough on Friday 18th December, nearer the time, Alan will advise whether there will be entertainment for our weekend, if not, the price will be reduced.         

Walking Group –  Our walking groups are now held every Wednesday at 11am   The meeting place and walk will be advertised each week on our Whats App page and also I will send out an e-mail advising were the walk will take place for that particular week.   All are welcome on our walks, we keep our distance from each other and the pace is leisurely.

Social Events

Mon 12th Oct – I am looking at putting together a meal at the Upton Tavern in Widnes, I have spoke to the manager and I am going to visit the room after my holidays,  in the meantime if you would be interested in attending a lunch or afternoon tea on 12th October please let me know, as this will give me an idea on numbers, its maximum 30 people

Wed 14th December, 7pm – Dunham Massey Christmas event – This is now all booked and paid for, details will be given nearer the date.

Community Gardening Group

I am helping to start up Green Fingers Gardening Club on 24th September, at Brookvale Community Centre 11am – 1pm,  this will entail setting up an allotment in the garden behind the centre, workshops, seed sowing and many more gardening jobs. If you would like to join our group, please contact me for more information

Brens coffee days – Brenda is having a 3 day coffee event, on 14th, 15th & 16th September, in aid of Halton Haven,  she has lots of goodies for sale, you can call in any day, any time from 10am.  If you would like to attend, if you could please phone or text Brenda and let her know which day you would like to attend on 07551 700386 

The things we have to do now to stay safe

TAKE CARE & STAY SAFE

August Newsletter

I hope you are all keeping safe and well, those who have been self isolating will now be able to get out and about, though all take care as the virus is still out there.

Walking Group – From Wed 12th August the walking group is going to be held on a Wednesday. Tuesday 4th will take place as normal, for this walk, we are meeting at Pickering Pasture car park at 11am.   The meeting place and walk will be advertised each week on our Whats App page and also I will send out an e-mail advising were the walk will take place for that particular week.   All are welcome on our walks, we keep our distance from each other and the pace is leisurely.

Future meetings

I am hoping, all being well, we can re-start back to our meetings end September, obviously things will be different for a while or until we get the vaccine, there would be no lunch or teas & coffees provided and no tables set out. But you could bring your own refreshments.

I will keep you posted on the above as depends on government saying groups can meet and also when Mencap hall will be opening for groups to attend, I will let you know about our meetings re-starting in the September newsletter.

Social Events:

Any monies paid for social events will be refunded, though I do have a new social event to add:

Wed 14th December, 7pm – Dunham Massey Christmas event – This is an outside event and there will be no transport provided, you will go in your own car, Cost is £5 per person for HALDS members and £18 for non members.  Please let me know if you would like to attend, how many cars you will have, car registration and also please let me know if you are a National Trust Member and also your membership number.   National Trust members get free parking, but non members parking is £7 per car, which HALDS will pay for as there is no coach.  I have to book your car park space when confirming numbers attending.    This is a 90 minutes walking event so wrap up warm for a mix of winter traditions and seasonal spectacles.  Take a festive walk around the Winter Garden, explore Percy the Park Keepers woodland cabin an warm yourself up with hot chocolate in the Stamford Café.

Community Gardening Group

Hopefully on 24th September a new gardening group will commence at Brookvale Community Centre 11am – 1pm,  this will entail setting up an allotment in the garden behind the centre, workshops, seed sowing and many more gardening jobs. If you would like more information about this group, there is an information meeting on Thursday 6th August at 1pm at the Brookvale Community Centre, there are chairs at the centre, but if possible please bring your own chair, the meeting will be held outside.   I will be hosting the new gardening group.  

 Carers Information

Hearing Aid Batteries – if you are running low on batteries for hearing aids you can telephone Warrington Hospital on 01925 662420 and they will send some out in the post for you. Also if you need your hearing aid tubes changed, Halton Hospitals ear clinic is not open yet, but you can make an appointment and pop along to Warrington Hospital ear clinic to get them changed, but you need an appointment to attend.  Also batteries can be picked up in the foyer of Highfield clinic, Highfield Road, Widnes.

Face Masks – With the new rules regarding wearing face masks, if you person you care for is exempt from wearing a mask please take a look at the website www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask  for more information on the exempt cards available.

TV Licences – If you or a member of your household is registered blind or vision impaired you can apply for 50% off your TV Licence. A form can be downloaded to apply

Pension Refund for Woman hitting 67 before 6.4.2016 – This was on Martin Lewis money show a few weeks back and its for married woman who were 67 before 6.4.2016, a lot of woman were paid the incorrect pension, you can go onto  the web site Lane, Clark & Peacock and fill in your details and you could be owed thousands. THIS IS NOT A SCAM, a lot of woman have had big pay outs.  I have missed it by 1 month!!!!!!

I hope you all find the above information helpful, if you have information to be shared please pass onto myself to enable me to let HALDS members know what is there for them.

TAKE CARE & STAY SAFE

July Newsletter

I hope you are all still keeping safe and well at this difficult time, it’s getting harder I know but hopefully we can see the light at the end of  tunnel – though still a long tunnel!!!!   Keep the jokes coming in on our Whats App page

We have started up our walking group, which is going well, we have had 2 walks round Spike Island and this Tuesday 7th July we are meeting at the car park by the Ice Rink in Widnes for a walk round Pickering Pasture, the walks are very leisurely and usually last about 1 hour.  We can walk at a distance between us and chat.  It’s good to get out and meet people and members attending are enjoying the walks .

We meet weekly on a Tuesday at 11am if anyone would like to join us.

Funding

I am sorry to say, but we were not successful for our funding bid from Awards for All  funding for people affected by the virus, they were unable to fund our projects, as it was over 12 month period and also is not in keeping with current government guidelines.  It also did not address the current priorities.  Next year when everything is back to normal!!!! I will apply to the normal Awards for All for funding.

Future meetings

I am hoping, all being well, we can re-start back to our meetings end September,  obviously things will be different for a while or until we get the vaccine,  there would be no lunch or teas & coffees provided and no tables set out. But you could bring your own refreshments. What I was proposing was if members could let me know that they would be coming and I will set out chairs with your names on, so for example, if there is 3 in your family, i.e. Fran, Eileen and Rachael, there would be 3 chairs for you or 2 i.e. Alan & Richard 2 chairs.  Chairs would be spaced out as per covid regulations.  Our first meeting back will be a social and catch up.

I will keep you posted  on the above as depends on government saying groups can meet and also when Mencap hall  will be opening for groups to attend

Social Events:

Eurodisney – I have a refund credit note forEurodisney which has to be used by 31st March 2021, if not used, we will get a full refund.  BUT we don’t have to go by 31st March we can go anytime, even the following year, its as long as its booked by 31st March 2021, we will discuss early 2021 and get members thoughts on what you would like to do about the trip.

Phantom of the Opera – Palace Theatre, Manchester – This has been put backuntil 2021, they are holding onto our money until we know any future dates of the performance

Mam I’m ere, Royal Court, Liverpool – Thurs 6th August – I received am e-mail and they hope to put on the show sometime next year

We Will Rock You – Thus 10th Sept – Brindley Theatre £10 for HALDS members and £17 for non HALDS – This has been put back until March 2021

Marlborough Hotel- Llandudno Turkey & Tinsel – Friday 18th December, 3 nights £130 per person – I don’t know what will be happening about this weekend away, it depends on how and when hotels start re-opening and how safe we all feel about going, and then there is the coach, how would be distance our selves on the coach.  We will wait until the hotels start re-opening before making a decision.     

Carers Information

Widnes Walk In is now appointments ONLY system and opening hours are 8am – 8pm. Not sure about Runcorn Urgent Care

Hearing Aid Batteries – if you are running low on batteries for hearing aids you can telephone Warrington Hospital on 01925 662420 and they will send some out in the post for you

From April 1st hospital parking is free for blue badge holders

PA Payments – If you normally employ a regular PA for your cared for, I have it in writing that we can continue paying our Pas and agencies their normal hours.  As long as it’s within your budget.  It is to enable you to keep your staff. I asked if they could be furloughed but the reply was it doesn’t apply to PAs because the funding used to pay them is public funds so we must continue to pay them which is good as it means they are protected.

NHS prescription form – a new version of a form has been published that will allow disabled people claiming Universal Credit to show their pharmacist if they are entitled to free prescriptions

Halton Libraries Home Delivery Library Service, this normally operates for people who are normally housebound or people with mobility problems, but they are currently taking people on a temporary basis if over 70, or any age if shielding and unable to get out and about at present. If you would like to know more about this service please contact e-mail tin.taylor@halton.gov.uk or telephone 0151 511 8291

Mobility Insurance refund – If you have a mobility car, insurance refunds of £50 are being sent out, as not many people are using their cars at the moment 

Active Halton – Staying Active at home during Covid-19 – Halton Borough council have issued information on line with links to Keeping Active at Home,  chair based excercises, family games, 10 minute workouts, Arthritis Action and many more links, 

Look under Active Halton and you will find the link to Staying Active at Home during Covid-19 

Halton Carers Centre News

The staff at Halton Carers Centre are now back in the office, BUT the office is not open to the public, the staff are split into 2 groups and each group works half a week in the office and the other half at home, so if you need to speak to anyone, need any advice or information or would like to participate in any of the groups below please don’t hesitate to give them a call  on 01928 580182 or e-mail help@haltoncarers.co.uk

They are holding fortnightly coffee mornings, Autism training sessions, Activities for Young carers,  Dementia coffee groups and Recharge & Restore Relaxation Groups all via zoom.

You can still apply for Carer Break FundingDue to COVID19 Carers Break Funding can, for now, be used for the following purchases of equipment for your own use which will enable you to have a break i.e: • Purchase of paint, wallpaper and necessary equipment to decorate your home • To purchase plants, pots, garden furniture and garden equipment ie jet washer & tools for your garden • For home gym equipment like weights, treadmill, rowing machine etc • Towards the cost of a Smart TV • Purchase of TV package i.e. Now TV, SKY Cinema, SKY Sports, Netflix, Amazon fire stick etc. 

The above list will be reviewed and amended when necessary.

If you wish to apply for Carer Break Funding and you have applied in the past, a ll Receipts must be returned from your previous award before another application will be considered  

If you have any queries/wish to discuss further or apply for Carer Break funding please contact the centre on 01928 580 182 or email help@haltoncarers.co.uk

I hope you all find the above information helpful, if you have information to be shared please pass onto myself to enable me to let HALDS members know what is there for them.

On a nice note, Fiona from Hugh Jones, has gone onto maternity leave and her baby is due on 24th June, she is going to let me know when she has had the baby.  In the meantime if you need to contact Hugh Jones solicitors for any reason I have another point of contact until Fiona comes back to work.

TAKE CARE & STAY SAFE

June Newsletter

I hope you are all keeping safe and well at this difficult time for us all.  Try to keep positive and hopefully it won’t be too long before we can all start going out and about again and meeting friends and family.  Look at this time at home to chill, do gardening, time to have a spring clean and a good sort out.

Funding

We received a cheque for £250 from Masonic Lodge, HALDS had been put forward in January by a friend of Lizs.  I have also applied for funding of £9k from Awards for All but its for people affected by the virus, not the normal Awards for All funding,  if we are successful we have to use the funding within 6 months.   I put down for a weekend away at The Marlborough Hotel, Llandudno.

Future meetings

I don’t know when our meetings will resume, I can imagine it will be a long time before a group as large as ours can meet in one room. 

In the meantime, I thought if small groups wanted to meet outside, maybe go for a walk in the park, either on our own or meet up with our cared fors, to allow them to meet with friends and walk round the park, keeping distance obviously.  Or even invite friends to your back garden and distance your chairs, its all ways of keeping in contact now that we can have small groups together.

 I thought about starting up our walking group again, the first walk will be at Spike Island on Tuesday 16th June at 11am, meet in the car park.  We can distance whilst walking round and talking. We can then discuss whether you want to meet weekly to enable us to get out and about.

Social Events:

Eurodisney – Eurodisney will be next year, no date has been set as we will wait until we all agree when we feel safe to travel, I will update other members when the date has been decided in case you would like to join us. 

Phantom of the Opera – Palace Theatre, Manchester – This has been put backuntil 2021, they are holding onto our money until we know any future dates of the performance

Mam I’m ere, Royal Court, Liverpool – Thurs 6th August – I received am e-mail and they hope to put on the show sometime next year

We Will Rock You – Thus 10th Sept – Brindley Theatre £10 for HALDS members and £17 for non HALDS – This has been put back until March 2021

Marlborough Hotel- Llandudno Turkey & Tinsel – Friday 18th December, 3 nights £130 per person – I don’t know what will be happening about this weekend away, it depends on how and when hotels start re-opening and how safe we all feel about going, and then there is the coach, how would be distance our selves on the coach.  We will wait until the hotels start re-opening before making a decision.     

Carers Information

Widnes Walk In is now appointments ONLY system and opening hours are 8am – 8pm. Not sure about Runcorn Urgent Care

Hearing Aid Batteries – if you are running low on batteries for hearing aids you can telephone Warrington Hospital on 01925 662420 and they will send some out in the post for you

From April 1st hospital parking is free for blue badge holders

PA Payments – If you normally employ a regular PA for your cared for, I have it in writing that we can continue paying our Pas and agencies their normal hours.  As long as it’s within your budget.  It is to enable you to keep your staff. I asked if they could be furloughed but the reply was it doesn’t apply to PAs because the funding used to pay them is public funds so we must continue to pay them which is good as it means they are protected.

NHS prescription form – a new version of a form has been published that will allow disabled people claiming Universal Credit to show their pharmacist if they are entitled to free prescriptions

Halton Libraries Home Delivery Library Service, this normally operates for people who are normally housebound or people with mobility problems, but they are currently taking people on a temporary basis if over 70, or any age if shielding and unable to get out and about at present. If you would like to know more about this service please contact e-mail tin.taylor@halton.gov.uk or telephone 0151 511 8291

Mobility Insurance refund – If you have a mobility car, insurance refunds of £50 are being sent out, as not many people are using their cars at the moment 

Active Halton – Staying Active at home during Covid-19 – Halton Borough council have issued information on line with links to Keeping Active at Home,  chair based excercises, family games, 10 minute workouts, Arthritis Action and many more links, 

Look under Active Halton and you will find the link to Staying Active at Home during Covid-19 

Halton Carers Centre News

The staff at Halton Carers Centre are still working from home, if you need to speak to anyone, need any advice or information or would like to participate in any of the grops below please don’t hesitate to give them a call  telephone 01928 580182 or e-mail help@haltoncarers.co.uk

They have someone making face masks, scrubs and scrub bags and these are being issued to Health centres across Halton.

They are still holding Autism trainng sessions, Activities for Young carers,  Dementia coffee groups and Recharge & Restore Relaxation Groups

If you need a letter for when out and about, the cares centre are issuing letters to registered carers in case you are stopped whilst out shopping or collecting medication/prescriptions.  To get a letter please telephone 01928 580182 or e-mail help@haltoncarers.co.uk

They are also holding fortnightly coffee groups via zoom the next one is Wednesday 24th June at 11am, if you would like to participate, please let me know and I will forward the meeting number and password to you.

You can still apply for Carer Break FundingDue to COVID19 Carers Break Funding can, for now, be used for the following purchases of equipment for your own use which will enable you to have a break i.e: • Purchase of paint, wallpaper and necessary equipment to decorate your home • To purchase plants, pots, garden furniture and garden equipment ie jet washer & tools for your garden • For home gym equipment like weights, treadmill, rowing machine etc • Towards the cost of a Smart TV • Purchase of TV package i.e. Now TV, SKY Cinema, SKY Sports, Netflix, Amazon fire stick etc. 

The above list will be reviewed and amended when necessary.

Examples of Breaks currently on hold due to COVID19 include: • Holiday (including any already booked or taken) • Day trips or short breaks • Driving lessons • Access to services to enhance your caring role • Leisure activities such as gym membership • Accessing relaxation therapy, pamper or hairdressing treatments • Theatre or sports tickets • Labour costs associated with household activities such as gardening, cleaning or decorating. • Food and drink during the break (including alcohol)

Note: If you still wish to apply for funding for the above activities you are still able to, however funding won’t be released until such a time when the Government relaxes its stance on isolation and social distancing or you can provide proof that such organisations/activities are taking bookings. i.e. driving instructor, theatre, holiday companies, gyms etc. 

If you wish to apply for Carer Break Funding and you have applied in the past, a ll Receipts must be returned from your previous award before another application will be considered  

If you have any queries/wish to discuss further or apply for Carer Break funding please contact the centre on 01928 580 182 or email help@haltoncarers.co.uk

PPE scams – Please beware of scams going round at present via telephone calls and also leaflets through doors, offering PPE equipment for sale.

I hope you all find the above information helpful, if you have information to be shared please pass onto myself to enable me to let HALDS members know what is there for them.

On a nice note, Fiona from Hugh Jones, has gone onto maternity leave and her baby is due on 24th June, she is going to let me know when she has had the baby.  In the meantime if you need to contact Hugh Jones solicitors for any reason I have another point of contact until Fiona comes back to work.