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)