July Newsletter

July Meeting– We had 2 meetings on Monday 21st. July, the first one was at 11am with Halton Borough Council and CCG – this will followed at 1pm with a meeting between Halton Borough Council and Mark Arnold, Transport Manager of Halton Community Transport. Both meetings went very well and the carers were able to speak about problems which they have in their caring role, it gave HBC plenty to think about, as Steves comments ‘Yesterday was really productive – given us some ideas for developing information services for carers’

They also wanted to know the best way to get information to carers and all who attended commented they would like the information to go through HALDS meetings, so this makes it more important that you attend meetings to help you with your caring role, as although I send out newsletters I cannot always put down all that was said at the meetings into the newsletter, just the basics. Also it gets you out and mixing with friends who can all empathise with your caring role.

The transport manager spoke to the meeting about Door to Door transport, this can be booked on 0151 257 2410 they operate a fleet of 18 accessible and non-accessible minibuses with up to 16 seats and 4 accessible and non-accessible coaches with up to 53 seats.

Cost per journey is £2.20, even if you have a free bus pass, you still have to pay this cost as its door to door. Your cared for can use this form of transport, but there is no escorts on the bus and also they no longer take block bookings. The block bookings they do have they still honour. If your trip is for a medical appointment you can book in advance but for any other trip you book the day before. The first bus is at 8.50am. Please note when booking you have to be flexible. He also informed us that when the new Mersey gateway is built Blue Badge holders have free access over the bridge, therefore do not have to pay toll.

Monday 22nd September – Bowling and lunch in Widnes, please meet at Widnes Bowling at 10.45, were will be have a game of bowls followed by lunch.

Monday 1st December – Trip to Dobies and Toby Carvery – Cost will be £5 for HALDS members – Pick up times will be Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 9.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 9.50. As our trip last month, we will head down to Dobies and then onto Toby Carvery for a carvery. We will be leaving to come home at 2pmish – All monies to be paid by September 29th meeting

Anderton Boat Lift Xmas cruise – Saturday 13th December – Cost £5 for HALDS members and their cared. Non members £7.50 plus cost of meal at pub. Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 12.10 and Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 12.20. We are booked on the 1.30 cruise which lasts about 1 hour. Their will be xmas carols and presents for our cared for. Afterwards we will go to The Riverside at Action Bridge for a meal. I have now booked this trip with the Anderton Boat Lift company for people who have put their names down. – All monies to be paid by September 29th meeting

HALDS Christmas Party – Friday 19th December – We will be holding a xmas party at Mencap Acorn Centre, Laburnum Grove, Runcorn (were we have our meetings) there will be no cost, but you do need a ticket for admission, as we are limited to 80 people, so this is just for HALDS members and their cared fors. Please bring along your own food and drink (alcohol permitted).

If you are attending any trips, I will give dates for any monies to be paid, it is your responsibility to ensure you have paid, if payments are not received by the given date, tickets/bookings will not be purchased for you or your tickets will be given to other members.

Meeting Monday 29th September – Our guest speakers for the September meeting is Lucia Urquart – Hospital Link worker and Lisa Horrocks GP Link worker both from Halton Carers Centre. Lucia will be speaking about hospital issues and also the Health Passport.

Meeting Monday 27th October – I have asked the Learning Disability Nursing Team to come along, I am waiting for their reply, so yet is not confirmed.

Christmas Extravaganza – Monday 24th November – In place of our Christmas Market place which we normally hold, we will be holding a Christmas Extravaganza this will still include stalls selling gifts and Christmas goodies, but will also entail Holistic therapies in a separate room. Up to now we have someone coming along to give Reiki, Angel Card readings, seated massages, reflexology. I am also looking at having manicures, pedicures etc. Let me know if you have any other ideas.

Suggestions for future social events were Bourne Poacher, cinema & pizza, salsa lessons, Barn Dance, quiz night at Beechwood Pub and games events, Manchester Ship Canal cruise. I will keep you posted.

I also need suggestions for future speakers for 2015, please let me have your ideas of what you would like discussed at the meetings.

New rights will normalise flexibility at work – Did you know that recent changes in employment law mean that – for the first time – all carers now have the right to request flexible working.

Previously this right was only available to certain parents and carers – for example, those caring for a non-family member who did not live with them were excluded.

We believe that the extension of these rights will help to ‘normalise’ flexible working – so that people with caring responsibilities feel more able to come forward and ask for flexibility from their employers.

Now that most of Halton Residents have their bins emptied fortnightly, if you would like to have your bin cleaned fortnightly or monthly, please contact TDL Wheelie Bin Cleaners on 07543 133796 to see if they cover your area, unfortunately they only do Runcorn, but if any Widnes members know of a Wheelie Bin Cleaner in Widnes please let me know. For £2.50 or £1.50 for pensioners they clean and disinfect inside and outside your bin.

Hope you all have a good summer holiday and looking forward to seeing you all back in September, if you have any friends who are carers of an adult with a learning disability tell them about HALDS and bring them along to a meeting.

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