Additional News (October)

Funding – I have applied for BIG lottery Awards for All funding, for funding towards social activities, I will update you as and when I hear from them. I also applied for core funding from Lloyds TSB but they do not fund this type of costings. I have also approached Halton Borough Council for further funding to cover us for core costs for the next couple of months, this has been agreed and invoice has been raised, just now waiting for money in our bank. I have also applied for core funding for the next 12 months from The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, it looks promising, I have received a reply saying it’s being sent to their trustees for consideration, finger crossed!! I will keep looking out for different companies who will let us have funding for core costs.

Christmas Market Place Monday 25th November 11.00am – We will be holding our annual Christmas Marketplace in place of the November meeting, HALDS will be having a tombola stall, if you could please let me have any items for HALDS tombola stall before the event, it would be appreciated. At the event we have invited stalls selling jewellery, scarves, make up, sweets, Coach House crafts from Halton Day services will be selling gifts and much more. I have also contacted Chestnut Lodge School to see if the children would like to come along and sing for us again.

Please feel free to invite friends to the Christmas Market Place, buffet lunch will be served for HALDS members and their guest at 11amish.

I am also looking for volunteers to man the tombola stall and sell raffle tickets.

Webb Ivory Catalogue – I have been giving out catalogues, please show round your family and friends, HALDS will receive 25% on all sales

Petition on web re: Government Policy on Disability Living allowance:Stop the change to indefinite claim. There is a petition on the web http://www.change.org/ Can you please sign it and also let other people know about this petition.

Free debt help on your doorstep – CAP (Christians again Poverty) can help you with any debts you may have, regardless of age, faith, gender or background. CAP visits people in their own homes, negotiates with creditors and supports people right up until they are debt free. On top of this, the whole service is free of charge and available to all. In the UK there are 233 CAP debt centres and two of these are in Halton, and is recommended by TVs money saving expert, Martin Lewis. To find out more call Christians against poverty freephone number 0800 328 0006 or visit http://www.capuk.org

HDAAC group – Halton Disability advice and appeals centre, Old Police Station, Runcorn – This group is now back up and running again and you can now start to go back to them for any advice on benefits etc.

Import Changes to how your doctors handle your personal data – Are you aware that your personal medical information that you share with your GP or other healthcare professional is about to be extracted and stored on a computer outside of the control of your practice where the practice will have no say on who has access to that information. Please contact your doctors if you need further details, as each practice will have their own way of dealing with this change.

Carers Strategy Meeting – I went along to the Strategy meeting last week and Halton Borough Council want to start consulting with carers of what they want, instead of someone sitting behind a computer making decisions in our local borough for us.
Therefore there is to be a focus group for 10—15 carers on November 18th at 11am at Vine Street, Widnes, where we will sit with Jenny James from HBC Customer Intelligence unit and develop a programme of activities where carers, working with health and social care professionals will shape the future of services in Halton. If you are interested in coming along to this meeting please let me know, at present we have 8 HALDS members who have put their names down.

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