Additional News Items

Tesco funding – I am sorry to advise that we were refused funding from Tesco Charity Trust Awards Scheme Project.

Mencap Local Campaigns – Mencap have a number of campaigns on-going at the moment both National and Local, please see below:

• Abuse within care homes with CCG – looking at long stay hospitals
• Breaking point – more respite & short breaks for carers
• Budget Cuts
• Changing places – There are only 500 disabled toilets within England that have facilities for disabled people i.e. hoists, changing beds etc. to find out where these are situated please visit http://www.changing-places.org This would enable people who need these facilities plan where they stay for holidays or just day trips out. Mencap are campaigning for more of these facilities.
• Stay up late campaign
• Hate crime

Better Together – Your health service your say – There is a meeting on Tuesday 20th August in the council chambers in Runcorn Town Hall at 4.30pm refreshments, presentation and workshop will run from 5 – 6.30, I will be attending, but if you would like to join me please book your place with Faye Gilston on 01928 593479, they want to hear your views and ideas about how urgent care services are being provided across the borough. Local doctors have worked together to design urgent care centres that will bring some of the Accident and Emergency services closer to where you live (drop in centres)

Panone Solicitors – In the past we have invited Hugh Jones from Panone to come along to our meetings to talk to us about wills and trusts etc. Hugh now has his own company Hugh Jones Solicitors. I will be inviting Hugh to come along to one of our meetings next year to give us an update.

Carers Strategy Meetings – I attend a Carers strategy meeting on a quarterly basis, where items are discussed to make life better for carers, some of the items that came up at the last meeting is that Doctors are now identifying carers in the surgeries and the aim is for carers in the future to have Annual Health checks, another committee meeting has just been set up, it’s a sub lit meeting for carers of Adults with Learning Disabilities, at the meeting held this week some of the things that came up where Listening to what carers want, your package of care reviewed on an annual basis, find out what works well, they want to set up a Carers Action Plan, which will increase the amount of people getting assessed, find out the impact of the welfare reforms, get more feedback from carers to allow changes, their hope is for services to be improved quickly if voices are heard. The relevant information will be getting sent out to me and the carers who attended the meeting and the plan is to have series of small groups who can get together to discuss the options available.

Walton Lea Partnership – Walton Lea Walled Garden, Chester Road, Warrington – They are a local charity that provides supported employment for adults with learning disabilities. Visit their shop, garden centre, walled garden and farmers market Tel: 01925 860143

FASD support group (Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder – I would like to draw your attention to a new support group which is getting up and running in the North West area, it’s for children who have birth defects caused by brain or nerve damage during development in the womb from alcohol passing into the babys bloodstream FASD is sometimes misdiagnosed as autism or ADHD. If you would like more information please contact fasdtrust.co.uk – Tel: 1608 811599

Christmas Market Place – We will be holding our annual Christmas Marketplace instead of the November meeting, HALDS will be having a tombola stall, if you could please start bringing any items for the stall from September it would be appreciated.

I think this is all for now, it is enough for you all to be getting on with and to keep you busy during the summer months, I would like to wish you all a good summer holiday and hope the sun keeps shining and see you all at Septembers meeting.
Committee members please note there will be a committee meeting prior to Septembers meeting at 11am

Thanks,

Pam

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