Additional News from January

Meal out Monday 10th Feb – We will be having lunch at, the Ring O Bells in Farnworth, Widnes on Monday 10th February at 12 noon, courtesy of Halton Carers Centre, Carl has asked me to arrange a meal and the carers centre will pay for it, this is because a number of ALD carers are unable to access carer centre trips out – If you would like to come along to this event, please contact me to put your name down

HALDS 4th birthday bash – Fri 28th Feb 2014 –- This event is nearly a sell out, not many tickets are left, tickets are £3. Please bring your own buffet for your own table, entertainment will be AJ Disco. This is also a fund raising evening so we will be holding a raffle, Irish bingo, football cards during the evening, if you have any raffle prizes please let me know (ask at your local hairdressers, restaurants, garages, shops etc for vouchers for prizes)

Bond Hotel – Friday 21st March – There are 20 of us going to the Bond Hotel, Blackpool for a 70s weekend, cost is £145 plus coach fare £20 each. If you would like to join us please let me know. NB This is a 70s weekend not 80s as previously advertised – fancy dress optional

Pending lottery funding being approved – I cannot see any problem, we have received a conditional offer from them and all paperwork has been sent in, just waiting for final letter and money going into our bank:

The following social events will be arranged:

Wednesday 19th March – Brindley Theatre – Oliver –– I have reserved 2 rows (33 seats) please let me know if you would like to attend this event,

Monday 12th May – Dobies Garden Centre followed by lunch at Toby Carvery, Speke, Costs include transport and lunch, pick ups will be 9.45 from Runcorn Old Town Bus Station and 10am Widnes Stobart Stadium and coming home we will be leaving Speke at 2pm

Saturday 14th June – Full day out to Trentham Gardens Monkey Forest, this is for both yourselves and you’re cared for. Costs will include transport and admission charge. Pick up times tbc

Sunday 13th July – Swimming Pool party at Beechwood Swimming Baths, (private booking for our group only) at 4.30 followed by Sunday Lunch at either Beechwood Pub or hot buffet in Beechwood Community Centre (Please note this is different than decided at committee meeting, as Saturday bookings are at 2.30)

Monday 22nd September – Bowling and lunch in Widnes, charge will include your bowling and lunch.

Charges for social events – It has been agreed that there will a £5 nominal charge for social events for HALDS members and their cared fors. Non members will be charged full rate of costs.

All the above is pending lottery funding and also availability at venue. If you are interested in coming along to any of these events, please let me know, to enable me to have an insight for numbers for booking transport. I do not need your £5 when putting your names down.

NHS Carer at the Chemist – On 31st March we have Bertha coming to talk to us abut changes to Chemists and how they can provide help and advice on all kinds of medicines-related problems and health issues. The local NHS operates a minor ailments scheme that you can access via your local community pharmacy. The scheme does not stop you seeing your GP in the normal way, under the scheme you can see your local chemist for a private consultation, usually without an appointment for a wide range of ailments. If you don ‘t pay for prescriptions then any medications the Chemist prescribes will be free of charge – Remember to ask for NHS Care at the Chemist – I have some information sheets to give out at the January Meeting, but Bertha will be able to give more advice about this scheme.

Halton Borough Council Bin collections – Are you aware that if you are elderly or infirm, HBC do a bin pull out service, if you would like more details please telephone 0303 333 4300

Change of details – If you have had any change of contact details i.e. you now have an e-mail address where I could send out your newsletter, moved house or changed mobile or land line telephone numbers could you please let me know and I will amend your details accordingly.

Electronic Prescriptions – Tower House Practice at St Pauls Health Centre now offer a NHS Electronic Prescription Services (EPS) you need to get a form from the reception, complete and return to them. On the form you nominate a chemist, once doctors receive a repeat prescription from you, it then automatically goes to the nominated chemist, were you can then either pick up or get delivered.

Sharing experience – Before Xmas Andrew left his glasses at the Halton Lea Library and they went missing, by coincidence we meet the optician in Halton Lea and he told her he had lost them. She informed me, if we write to NHS Central Operations, Bevan House, 65 Stephenson way, Wavertree Technology Park, Wavertree, Liverpool, L13 1HN, explaining the situation they would send us a voucher for another pair. This has now been received and Andrew can now have a new pair of glasses. This we didn’t know about, so thought would share in case you know anyone in the same predicament.

Halton Carers Centre is holding a carers forum on Thursday 20th February at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes, 10am – 2pm. The topic for this forum is Mental Health, it’s for carers of mental health or if you have experienced depression, anxiety, stress etc yourself then go along to learn about the services available in Halton. The day is a drop in event. A buffet lunch is provided, transport and crèche places are available if needed but these need to be pre booked via the carers centre. Topics include, an introduction to mental health services including assessment, treatment and continual support. Speakers are from the Assessment Team, Recovery Team and Home treatment team. Also including ‘Ignite your Life’ which is run by Wellbeing Enterprises centred round 5 ways to well-being and sing for well- being. If you would like to attend please confirm your place by calling the Halton Carers Centre on (01928) 580 182 or (0151) 257 9673.

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