January 2015 Newsletter

Newsletter – January 2015

Our guest speaker for Januarys meeting was Angelita Woosnam who kindly came along to talk to us about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Pain Management. It was interesting and had us tapping away on various parts of our body. Angelia is holding Wellbeing Days at the Old Police Station, Runcorn on various Sundays in 2015, please see separate attachment at the end of the newsletter advising dates etc.

Also Sam Birchall came along to introduce herself, Sam has taken over the role from Yvonne Speakman at Halton Speak Out and will be coming along to future HALDS meetings to update on Halton Speak Out and will also be there in case anyone has any problems with their cared fors day to day activities.

Could I please also remind members that P.I.P. (Personnel Independent Payment) is still around it is ongoing from 2013 to 2016. I have recently received the form for Andrew trying to get him off Income Support and onto ESA – Employment Support Allowance. If any of you receive this form, Sue Molyneux at Halton Disability Support will help you fill in the form. Sue will also help you fill in any other forms you may have to do with your caring role and benefits. Their telephone number can be found on HALDS website http://www.halds.org

For our next meeting on Monday 23rd February we have invited along Julie and Rose from Halton Carers Centre, who are coming along to talk to us about the Caring with Confidence courses that the carers centre hold and how it can benefit you with your caring role

Next Monday 9th February we are bowling, followed by lunch at Brewers Fayre. Please meet at the Widnes Superbowl at 10.45.

Friday 6th March 2015 – We will be holding our 5th birthday party/fund raising evening on Friday 6th March at The Beechwood Community Centre, Runcorn. Tickets are now on sale. Tickets are £3 each, there is be a licenced bar, but please bring your own food. I will be looking for donations of raffle prizes for the evening.

At the moment ticket sales are slow, so please let me know if you want tickets for the evening, also please ask around your hairdressers, favourite eating places etc for vouchers for raffles prizes

Saturday 14th March 2015 Mayors charity Irish Night at the Select Stadium, Widnes. One of the mayors charities for this year is the Halton Carers Centre. The carers centre are inviting support groups as their guests to go along to mayors events, if you would like to attend please let me know. There is no cost for this event, but please let me know if you would like to attend.

Bond Hotel Friday 24th April – Theme for the weekend is 80s and its fancy dress on the Sunday evening. Hotel is now all paid for, cost of coach is £14 per person, you can pay anytime for the coach cost, I have to pay Anthonys Travel, I week prior to going.

Monday 11th May – Visit to High Leigh Garden Centre followed by lunch at Barn Owl – we will have mini buses for this event, more details at a later date.

Saturday 25thth July – Full day out in Southport – more details at a later date

Monday 21st September – Lunch at Ring O Bells, Farnworth , Widnes

Webb Ivory – In total we made £181.14 from the sales on the webb ivory catalogues, many thanks for those that placed orders and helped to raise this amount. I do have a 2 piece linen Bag set that was ordered without a name on the order form, please let me know who ordered this item and I will get to you.

In April the a new Carers Act is coming in, I will gather information as I go along to pass to members, I do have a copy of the Carers UK factsheet on Assessments and the Care Act from April 2015 if anyone would like a copy please let me know.

Wellbeing Enterprises are starting a load of new activities, which include a stress less programme, Ukelele for beginners, Line Dancing, Mindfulness, Sleep and Relaxation Programme, Living Life to the full, Wood craft and sculpting and floristry. These courses are all starting February and March, if you would like further details please contact Wellbeing Enterprises direct on 01928 589799 or email info@wellbeingenterprises.org.uk or book on line via http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk

If there are any subjects you would like covering at the meetings, please let me know and I will endeavour to get a speaker to talk to us at a HALDS meeting or if you want any speakers from previous meetings to come back

ACE have Friday cinema sessions throughout 2015 at Woolton Picture house, Liverpool for unpaid carers of Halton and Merseyside This can be time for yourselves FREE OF CHARGE regardless of whether you’re accompanied by those that you care for or not. The people that ACE support take over the running of the cinema every week. It gives people with additional needs training as well as paid and voluntary work. The session for now is for adults only. It is an autism friendly session with the lights dimmed only slightly and the sound not quite as loud as usual. We have a relaxed policy on noise from the audience. Our doors open at 10.30 am with the film starting at 11am. Great place for carers to meet up and chill out.
We are very proud of what we do at ACE and would love you to come along and see what we do. Please bring proof of carers status along for free entry eg carers allowance/DLA letter.
Future showing: 30th Jan – Wild, 6th Feb Kingsman, 13th & 20th ?, 21st Feb 2nd best Marigold hotel.

Sure Start to later life – Suzanne is coming to our meeting in June to tell you about how Sure start to later life can help you in your caring role. But a brief outline is a meal out each month on a Sunday. Day trips out to various places of interest (I have list of venues) also the 2nd Monday of the month they have a Grangeway Get Together, its £3 1pm – 4pm, holds 100 people and there is entertainment and food and drinks served to your table. This has to be booked in advance. Again I will have all the details at our next meeting. They can also help you make choices to improve your health, well-being and maybe your social life

Yvonne Smallman is coming along to our March meeting to tell us about the new safe in town scheme to help you feel safe and supported when out and about.

Enjoy a nostalgic look back in time with Liverpool Museums looking at fun filled things from the 1940s, 50s & 60s. These are held Tuesday 11 -1pm at Museum of Liverpool Life, and Wednesdays 11 – 1pm at the Liverpool World Museum, there is no cost, for further details telephone 0151 478 4240, they have different themes at each session.

Age UK have a list of registered traders, who you can trust to do a good job at the right time and for the right price. ‘Recommended by the people for the people’ Please contact either Age Uk at 44 Church Street, Runcorn, 01928 575400 or 1 Rylands Street, Widnes, 0151 257 7128