November newsletter

Our guest speaker for Octobers meetings was Shelagh Thornhill from Community Bridge Building Team who came along to tell us what services they have to offer your cared fors.   They can provide Voluntary work, Arts & Culture, Education, Faith & Religion, Travel Training, Leisure Activities and pathway to employment.

To access Community Bridge Building services you have to be referred through any social care team or a professional person, this can include Halton Carers Centre.              Except their social group for 18-30 year olds you can go directly into the group straight away without any referrals.

If you would like more information about the Bridge Building Services contact the team on 0151 511 8772.  I also have a few leaflets about their services.

I also have some leaflets about ‘care in the chemist’ for those who never got them last month

Funding – I have applied for funding from BIG Lottery Awards for all, Peel Ports, Knights House, Comic Relief & Howdens.  I will keep you posted on our outcome.

We have been unsuccessful with Howdens you have to be nominated by an employee.  I also meet up with Halton Borough Council last Thursday who is also helping me obtain some funding for our group for 2018.

We held a committee meeting on 2nd October and it was agreed to apply for funding from BIG lottery for trips out only and not towards a weekend away, these would consist of theatre trip, Mersey Tunnel visit, Shrewsbury River cruise, Royal court tour, Royal court variety lunch show, Canal cruise to Barn Owl, Birthday meal at the Old Hall, Frodsham.   It was agreed to leave the Yorkshire weekend, as it was thought is was a long way to go for a weekend.It was decided to invite the following speakers for next years meetings, Mal Hampton and Yvonne Smallman from Halton Speak Out, Citizen Advise Bureau and Community Care.  If you have any ideas for speakers you would like me to invite please let me know.

Friday 3rd Nov – Body Shop Christmas shopping party – Fund raising Body Shop party with discounts on Christmas items, all welcome, please invite friends and family as this is a fund raising event to boost HALDS funds.  Doors open 6.30 and party will start 7pm.  Tea, coffee and cakes will be on sale during the evening, please bring own alcoholic drinks if required.  (volunteers needed on the evening to sell raffle tickets and refreshments)

We will also hoping to hold another fun fund raising evening on Friday 12th January where we will have Rock ‘n’ roll bingo and Hoy.

Please come along and support your group, as this helps to pay towards our social events which you all enjoy coming along too

Halton Carers centre Bonfire  eve – Sunday 5th November £1.50 a ticket, Halton Carers Centre, 62 Church Street, Runcorn are opening up their back garden to enable carers to watch the fireworks on Mersey Road without being in the crowds.  Tickets are £1.50 and there will be refreshments on sale during the evening.  If you would like tickets please contact Halton Carers Centre direct on 01928 580182, admission is by ticket only

BBC Tour at Media City, Manchester – Monday 20th November – Coach will be picking up at Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 9am and Widnes Stobart Stadium 9.10am for our tour at 10.30. Tour lasts 90 minutes, there will be security checks before being admitted, you also need to bring photo ID.   The tour lasts about one and half hours and consists of walking outside and between various buildings. After the tour we will have a couple of hours in the Lowry outlet village to enable you to look round shops and have lunch.  Leaving for home 2.30pm

Legion Christmas Disco – Monday 4th December, the deadline has now passed for application for the Legion Christmas Disco, but if you would like to attend please contact Jean Fish direct.

Sleeping Beauty Rock ‘n’ Panto at Theatre Clwyd – Wed 6th December – Departing Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 5.15pm for 7pm performance.  Cost £10 per person for HALDS members and £25 for non members – There are 2 places still available for the panto – Picks up will be Runcorn only 

Bond Hotel, Blackpool –  Turkey &  Tinsel weekend Friday 8th December cost is £175

HALDS Christmas party – Friday 15th December, Mencap Acorn Centre 7.30pm, There is no charge for this event, but tickets will be given out to enable me to know numbers. We will  be holding a raffle at this event.   Please bring your own food and drink.   Tickets now available

Christmas Fayre 3 course Lunch Cruise – Tuesday 19th December – Coach will pick up Widnes Stobart Stadium at 10.45 and  Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 11am for 12 noon cruise.  Cruise lasts approx 2 hours 30 minutes.  Please note this is a non-smoking cruise ship. Cost is £10 per person for HALDS members and £30 for non members–  There are still 2 places available for the cruise 

Liverpool stadium tour – Saturday 20th Jan – Stadium tour/The LFC Story, their  interactive museum, which will be showcasing the Steven Gerrard Collection.  Duration of visit 90 – 120 minutes please let me know if interested and I will book a slot – From August 2017 we will be launching our Free Flow Stadium Tour. Tours will be following free flow model with multimedia headsets to help bring the story to life, this will be a self-guided visit and therefore duration will be up to the individual group.

The tour will include all key areas that fans wish to visit such as dressing rooms, players tunnel, managerial dugout and the Kop. These will be the brand new areas of the New Main Stand. Cost is £10 per person, Money to be paid by end November

Imperial War Museum, Manchester, Monday 12th February – more details at a later date, but please let me know if interested in coming along 

Friday 9th March 2018 – Weekend at Marlborough Hotel, Llandudno,  All Saints Themed Break, which includes Friday  St Davids Day, Tea/coffee and Bara Brith on arrival, 6.15pm  Sherry Drinks Reception, 6.30 Welsh Feast followed by live entertainment and Light finger buffet at 10.30pm.  Saturday is St Patricks Day which includes 6.15pm Irish Liquor Drinks reception, 6.30 Irish Dinner followed by live entertainment and Light finger buffet at 10.30pm followed by Sunday St Andrews Day which includes 8.30am Traditional Scottish Breakfast, 6.15 Guess the weight of the haggis, 6.30pm Scottish Supper followed by live entertainment and Light finger buffet at 10.30pm . Each evening you will be required to either dress fancy dress for the theme or the colours of the country.

Cost is £140 per person.   There are 61 of us going to Marlborough Hotel, I have allocated rooms, but rooms are now limited, so if you would like to attend please let me know as I will have to check with the hotel as to the availability available. If you could please let me know asap whether you are going on the coach or your own transport.  Please note parking is limited at the hotel, some people have to arrive late due to work commitments, children at school etc. so if you can go on the coach please do so.

Wicked – 12th March 2018,  Empire Theatre, Liverpool  – This trip is now full,  pick up will be Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 5.55pm.  Tickets will be given out on the coach

Weavervale Museum/Lunch – Wed 11th April – more details at a later date, but please let me know if interested in coming along

Chatsworth Flower show – Wed 6th June – more details at a later date, but please let me know if interested in coming along

 

War Horse – Lowry Theatre, Thursday 28th June – Cost £10 per person for HALDS members and £30 for non members.  As we have had to pay for the tickets all ready would it be possible to pay for your tickets asap, as its left us very short of funds..  Tickets are now all booked and I am unable to add any more people onto this trip

Eurodisney – 24th 2018 –  Cost is confirmed at £525 per person, deposits are now all paid. We are not now going with Acklams of Beverley, we are travelling with the company we went with this year COGO Travel, everything is all booked for us.  If you would like to pay money during the year you can do, I can give you payment cards.  Nearer the time I will be requesting travel insurance details off you and passport information, for those who went this year I have your passport information all ready so will just need travel insurance details.

Halton CCG – As from April 2017 Halton CCG have launched a new MSK CATS service.   If you suffer from musculoskeletal (MSK) pain commonly known as back, joint or muscle pain, instead of contacting your GP or can now talk directly with a  CATS MSK physiotherapy practitioner about your  condition on 0151 495 5472 .

I have joined Costco in HALDS name and we are allowed 2 other members to register for free, so if you would like to shop at Costco please let me know and I will give you the relevant form to complete.

Our next meeting is Monday 27th November where we will be having a xmas buffet with entertainment by PUGs (Palacefields Ukelule Band)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October newsletter

Our guest speaker for Septembers meeting was Natalie Marron who came along to talk to us about ‘Care in the Chemist’ and how it can benefit you all as carers.

Care in the Chemist is a minor condition scheme, which means people who get free prescriptions can receive advice and treatment for a range of conditions direct from their pharmacist rather than going to your GP. This scheme is for all pharmacies in the Halton area, except Boots in Weavervale & Brookvale practices.  When going into the pharmacy let them know you want to use ‘Care in the Chemist’  Information was given out at the meeting showing a list of conditions that can be treated under this scheme, if you where unable to attend, I have leaflets which I can pass out to you.

Hugh Jones Solicitors – At our last meeting Hugh and Fiona came from Hugh Jones Solicitors to talk to us about Wills and Trust funds, result from this was Fiona came down to Runcorn last Friday to visit 6 members and now their Wills and Trust funds have been sorted, Fiona advised that they would also check over any members existing wills if you would like yours checking.   There is no charge for checking wills of HALDS members, but if there are any amendments required this would then be charged for.

Hugh told us about Deputyship which is an application to the Court of Protection for a deputyship and it is in 2 parts, Financial and Welfare Decisions.  A deputyship is required for example, if your cared for has a bank account in their name and also your name to enable you to handle the account, but say you are ill or pass away suddenly, this causes a problem with their account, so a deputyship could be taken out with a sibling or other family member to enable them to sort out the finances of your cared for.    This is also in the place of Welfare Decisions, in case you are ever unable to make decisions for them.  To apply for deputyship is £400, but Hugh mentioned that many of our cared for are likely to be able to apply for fee remission due to them being on benefits and as long as they have savings below £6k in their own name.    If you are interested in setting up a deputyship, Fiona will be coming along to a separate meeting one Monday morning – date to be advised – when she will witness signatures of the Wills & Trust funds set up on her visit if required and also advise on how to complete the Deputyship forms,  Hugh Jones solicitors will check over your forms after you have completed them for a small fee – to be advised.  The only thing you will need is a letter from your doctor advising your cared for has a lack of capacity to manage their affairs.

Monday 16th October – In May this year, HALDS took part  in a Life with Art Session at the B & Q building in Widnes, this was enjoyed by all who attended.  We have been invited to attend another Life with Art Session on Monday 16th October 10am – 12, Please let me know if you are interested in attending this session.  There is no charge for this event.  At present I only have 1 person interested, therefore if you would like to attend please let me know by Wed 5th Oct in case I have to cancel the event.

Monday 30th October – Billy & Wally show at Brindley Theatre, cost £10 each  Money to be paid by end Sept – This trip is now booked and paid for. Show starts 7pm, so please meet in the foyer 6.30pm   ast of the Summer wine tour/Howarth visit – Saturday 21st October– Coach leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus  Station at 8.30, Widnes Stobart Stadium 8.40 then onto Holmfirth for a Summerwine Magic tour, which is a 10 mile journey round the film locations used in the filming.  As well as getting an insight into the filming, there is a full running commentary on the history of the local area.  The tour is brought to you by Colin who for nearly 20 years was the owner of Sids Café.  As well as the bus tour, you will be visiting the Summer Wine Exhibition via the famous steps of Compos House.  Followed by free time to have lunch and look round the village.  As we have received a large response to this trip, there will be 2 bus tours, 10.30am & 11.30am. We will be departing Holmfirth 1.30 for journey to Howarth (Bronte country) then departing Howarth at 3.30pmishn for journey back to Runcorn, cost £10 per person for HALDS members and £17 per person for non members – Money to be paid by end September, There are still places available for this trip, please let me know by Wed 5th Oct if you would like to attend

BBC Tour at Media City, Manchester – Monday 20th November – (Maximum 22 people) Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 9am for our tour at 10.30. Tour lasts 90 minutes, there will be security checks before being admitted.   After the tour we will have a couple of hours in the Lowry outlet village to enable you to look round shops and have lunch.  Leaving for home  2.30pm Money to be paid by end October

Friday 3rd Nov – Body Shop Christmas shopping party – Fund raising Body Shop party with discounts on Christmas items, all welcome, please invite friends and family as this is a fund raising event to boost HALDS funds.  Doors open 6.30 and party will start 7pm.

Sleeping Beauty Rock ‘n’ Panto at Theatre Clwyd – Wed 6th December – Departing Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 5.15 for 7pm performance.  Cost £10 per person for HALDS members and £25 for non members – Money to be paid by end 

Bond Hotel, Blackpool –  Turkey &  Tinsel weekend Friday 8th December cost is £175 plus cost of coach,  please let me know if you would like to come along to this Christmas event, Deposits of £50 required by end September and Balance by end October.

HALDS Christmas party – Friday 15th December, Mencap Acorn Centre 7.30pm, no charge for this event, but tickets will be given out to enable me to know numbers.  Please bring your own food and drink.

Christmas Fayre 3 course Lunch Cruise – Tuesday 19th December  – Departing Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 11am for 12 noon cruise.  Cruise lasts approx 2 hours 30 minutes.  Please note this is a non-smoking cruise ship. Cost is £10 per person for HALDS members and £30 for non members– Payment required by end October

Liverpool studio tour – Saturday 20th Jan – Stadium tour/The LFC Story, their  interactive museum, which will be showcasing the Steven Gerrard Collection.  Duration of visit 90 – 120 minutes please let me know if interested and I will book a slot – From August 2017 we will be launching our Free Flow Stadium Tour. Tours will be following free flow model with multimedia headsets to help bring the story to life, this will be a self-guided visit and therefore duration will be up to the individual group.

The tour will include all key areas that fans wish to visit such as dressing rooms, players tunnel, managerial dugout and the Kop. These will be the brand new areas of the New Main Stand. Cost is £10 per person, Money to be paid by end November

Imperial War Museum, Manchester, Monday 12th February – more details at a later date, but please let me know if interested in coming along

Friday 9th March 2018 – Weekend at Marlborough Hotel, Llandudno,  All Saints Themed Break, which includes Friday  St Davids Day, Tea/coffee and Bara Brith on arrival, 6.15pm  Sherry Drinks Reception, 6.30 Welsh Feast followed by live entertainment and Light finger buffet at 10.30pm.  Saturday is St Patricks Day which includes 6.15pm Irish Liquor Drinks reception, 6.30 Irish Dinner followed by live entertainment and Light finger buffet at 10.30pm followed by Sunday St Andrews Day which includes 8.30am Traditional Scottish Breakfast, 6.15 Guess the weight of the haggis, 6.30pm Scottish Supper followed by live entertainment and Light finger buffet at 10.30pm . Each evening you will be required to either dress fancy dress for the theme or the colours of the country.

Cost is £140 per person.   Please let me know if you would like to come along to this weekend away, as rooms will be allocated as booked.  A deposit of £50 per person will be required end of September.

Wicked – 12th March 2018,  Empire Theatre, Liverpool  – This trip is now full,  pick up will be Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 5.55pm.  Tickets will be given out on the coach

Weavervale Museum/Lunch – Wed 11th April – more details at a later date, but please let me know if interested in coming along

Chatsworth Flower show – Wed 6th June – more details at a later date, but please let me know if interested in coming along

War Horse – Lowry Theatre, Thursday 28th June – Cost £10 per person for HALDS members and £30 for non members, please let me know if interested in attending – payment by end May 2018

Yorkshire weekend –  I am looking at putting the Yorkshire Weekend back until September 2018, as this will given time for me to apply for lottery funding, 

Eurodisney –  Nov 2018 –  Cost is confirmed at £525, this will include the following:

Saturday 24 November 2018

Pick up Runcorn Old Town Bus Station with overnight stay at the Best Western Plus Marina Hotel with evening meal & full cooked breakfast

Sunday 25th November 2018

Travel via Eurotunnel to Calais and then on by coach to the Sequoia Lodge Hotel, Disneyland Paris for 4 night stay with breakfast included

3 day Adult Hopper Park Pass

Thursday 29th November 2018

Return via Eurotunnel to Dover for an overnight stay at the Best Western Plus Marina hotel with evening meal & full cooked breakfast.

Price is based on 2 or 3 people sharing a room and in the event of you having any single rooms, a supplement will be added

Accommodation at the Sequoia Lodge is in rooms with 2 double beds,

Please let me know if you would like to come along, a deposit of £50 is required by end September, then you can pay the balance as and when you want, I will make up payment cards for if you would like to pay in installments.

Halton CCG – As from April 2017 Halton CCG have launched a new MSK CATS service.   If you suffer from musculoskeletal (MSK) pain commonly known as back, joint or muscle pain, instead of contacting your GP or can now talk directly with a  CATS MSK physiotherapy practitioner about your  condition on 0151 495 5472 .

Halton Carers centre Bonfire  eve – Sunday 5th November £1.50 a ticket, Halton Carers Centre, 62 Church Street, Runcorn are opening up their back garden to enable carers to watch the fireworks on Mersey Road, admission is by ticket only at £1.50 and there will be refreshments on sale during the evening.  If you would like a ticket for this event, please let me know and I will get them for you, or you can call into the office yourself .

Committee members – There is a committee meeting on Monday 2nd October at Mencap Acorn Centre, 11am

Our next meeting is Monday 23rd October and not 30th as previously advertised,  when Shelagh Thornhill from Bridge Builders is coming along to give us a talk (This is Bridge Builders for your cared for, not the new bridge)