May Newsletter

 Our guest speaker for the Mays meeting was changed due to James from Your Direction Ltd supported holidays being unable to attend, so Mandy from Sure Start to Later Life came along to tell us about what Sure Start has to offer.  Basically Sure Start sits under the Social Services of Halton Borough Council, they are for the over 55s, but they do not refuse anyone younger.  They consist of male and female information officers who can help you to access the information you need when you need it and make referrals to other services if need be.  They will come along to your home to help you with a host of things you may need advise on.  They also offer a volunteer service, it could be a chat and a cuppa for an isolated person, taking someone out socially or shopping. They have IT voluntary people who help people set up laptops, phones, e-readers etc.

They hold monthly get togethers, the 2nd Monday of the month at the Grangeway Community Centre, its £3 and this includes food served to your table, teas and coffees and Live entertainment, it runs from 1-4pm and holds up to 100 people.

They also have day trips, once a month on a Saturday to places of interest, i.e. Llandudno or Bury Market and also one a month on a Sunday they go for a meal out.  All trips are door to door service with wheelchair accessible minibuses.

They have mini breaks, this year in October they are going to St Georges Hotel in Llandudno and next year in May they are looking at taking a group to Majorca, this will be day flights and cost will be £550 all inclusive.

I have lists of all the trips both for Saturday and Sundays

They have a membership fee of £2 per person per year, this is to cover any shortfalls with regards to transport costs for the trips

For further information on Sure Start to later life please telephone 01928 569477/569498

Funding – I have put in our bid to the Lottery Awards for All for £10k which was £5k towards a Turkey & Tinsel weekend in December and the balance towards our social events for the next twelve months.  We have now received £1,580 from Halton Borough Council to pay for our monthly meetings and I have also applied for further funding from John Moores to pay for running costs for the group for the next 2 years. 

Life Insurance for People with Disabilities – I have often been asked about life insurance for your cared for, I have spoken to Royal London Tel 0800 195 1000 speak to Gary Insull

If over 50 years of age – Their over 50s policy no medical questions are asked

If under 50 years of age – Their under 50s policy will ask the following questions:

  1. Have you been referred to a medical specialist in the past 5 years, if yes there is further 11 questions, mainly whether its cancer, HIV etc, if not, the next question is
  2. Are you waiting for any test results?

When applying for the policy you will be also asked their height and weight, you will also need your cared for with you, so Gary can get permission off them for you to take out the policy for them.

Full day out in Southport  – Saturday 25thth July –– We will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 9.30am, and Widnes Stobbart Stadium at 9.40am.  We will be leaving Southport to come home at 4.30pm and calling at a pub for an evening meal on the way home, if anyone knows of any pubs that would accommodate us all, please let me know.  Cost will depend on whether we get funding from Awards for All.

Our House, Brindley Theatre, Thursday 21st May  – Victoria Music are putting on the smash hit musical Our House at the Brindley Theatre. In total I have ordered 17 tickets for members who want to attend this musical.

End of Summer Party – Friday 25th September at Beechwood Community, tickets £3 each, bring your own food.  This will be a fun fund raising event. Please ask your friends and family to come along to this event, I will be looking for raffle prizes nearer to the event.  Dress code will be flamboyant summer wear. Tickets on sale at June meeting

U3A – University of the 3rd Age – The University of the Third Age is an international organisation whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community – those in their third ‘age’ of life. It is commonly referred to as U3A.  They have talks, interest groups, outings and social events, Stay active and meet new friends  – Somebody has come forward to launch a U3A group in Halton, her name is Paula Fox, this is going to be launched at the Brindley on 3rd June between 1.30 and 4pm.  If you are interested in attending please show your interest by telephoning Gill on 0151 633 2796 or email 

Now I took some stick at the meeting about Toilet Cards!!!!! – If you or your cared for has bladder or bowel problems you can apply for a ‘Just can’t wait’ toilet card, it’s a small convenient and well recognised card that greatly improves your ability to gain access to toilet facilities in all sorts of locations. The toilet card clearly states that the holder has a medical condition and needs to use the toilet quickly.  Although it does not guarantee you access to a toilet, most places you visit will be willing to help you.  For further details or to apply for a card either telephone 01536 599255 or go onto the website  

Creative Music Making Workshops in Halton – Join a friendly weekly music group, 10 sessions in Halton from May to July 2015, No previous experience necessary, at the moment venue and dates are not yet organised, but if you are interested in coming along either on your own or bring along your cared for, please let me know and once I hear back from them, I will let you know the details.  The sessions will be free

Carers UK – I am a member of Carers UK which is a national group for carers, for further details or to join please see their web site  At the moment they are campaigning strongly to ensure that the UKs 6.5 billion carers get a better deal, with this in mind they want all carers to contact their local MP, they have a draft letter on their website which can be down loaded and sent to your local MP.

Halton Speak Out – Stay up Late campaign fund raising events:

Flower Power Summer Ball – Friday 3rd July 2015 at Halton Stadium Bridge      Suite from 7.30pm onwards, Dress code – flower power, hippy fantastic £3

The Nightmare before Christmas Ball – 20th November 2015 at Halton Stadium Bridge Suite from 7.30pm onwards, Dress code – Festive £3

If you would like tickets for any of the stay up late campaigns dances please call 01928 576566 for more details

Halton Speak Out are offering a free dance, drama and singing workshop for carers and parents within Halton, the sessions are on a Monday evening 7-9pm at Castlefields Community Centre, a few HALDS members are attending and I believe it’s a good fun night.  If you would like more details please contact Mal Hampson on 01928 576566 or e-mail

Mencaps  Frodsham Rainbow Club are having a Little India charity night at The Little India, 98 Main Street, Frodsham on Wednesday 24th June at 6.30pm ticket price is £15pp.  If you would  like tickets please contact Margaret Telfer on 01928 733806 for tickets can be purchased from the restaurant itself.

After this event, I am going to approach Little India in the hope of having the same type of charity evening for HALDS

HALTON OPEN 4 YOU – Run by ageUK – are holding an event  in Widnes at the Foundary, Widnes on Tuesday 23rd June 10am to 4pm (Runcorn to follow in November) Featuring Lunch with Knights Choir, this is a showcase of the services and support for over 50s in Widnes, Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.  Entrance and refreshments are free but please book your place by contacting Clare Lightfoot by 10th June on 01928 575400 (Tues, Wed or Thurs) or e-mail  They will be hosting some exciting sessions that you can attend throughout the day (Health Promotions, Dementia awareness and Care Act 2014)

Phew I am shattered with all the above, no need to be bored!!!!!!