Mays newsletter

Our speaker for Mays meeting was Jane from Tower House Surgery, Runcorn who came and gave us a very interesting talk about what it means being a Carer in the Doctors and also what your Doctor provides for your cared for.

Firstly please ensure your doctor knows you are a carer, and that this is on your records.  You will then be invited in for your annual health check and flu jabs. Last year at Tower House only 40% of carers came for their flu jab compared to 70% the previous year. Over 65 years old you will automatically be called for a heath check.

Ladies between the ages of 50 – 70 you will automatically be called for a mammogram but did you know you can ask for a mammogram when over 70 years of age.  Everyone should check their breasts, men included, not only for lumps but your any changes in their appearance.

Adults with a Learning Disability and their carers are entitled to free annual health checks where weight, height, blood pressure, blood tests for cholesterol, blood sugar levels are taken etc.  Unfortunately only a small proportion of ALDs and carers are having these health checks.

Also only a small proportion of ALDs are having physical health checks, i.e. smear tests and breast cancer scanning.  Even though your cared for doesn’t have an active sex life they are still at risk of the papoloma virus.  Sally Adams will help with smear tests, contraception talks, periods and also talking about the menopause.

Men are not exempt, they should also be checking for testicular bumps.

Over the age of 60 you will get a bowel cancer screening kit through the post, a lot of people do not send off these tests.  It’s not pleasant but should be carried out for your healths sake.  (Imagine the person on the receiving end, opening the kits, that’s far worse then your side of the test)

For men, the signs of prostrate problems will be getting up to pee in the night, more so, if this is not your normal routine or if you can’t pee, if its slow flowing this is a sign of an enlarged prostrate, but if you cannot pee, take yourself directly to the walk in or your doctors.  Also other sign is lower back pain.

Smear test for ladies stop at 64 and you cannot ask for one over that age, even if you doctor carried out a smear, the testing lab will not check it for you.

Funding – I am pleased to announce that we have had an offer of funding of £1,000 from Merseyside Community Investment Fund which will be put towards our Mary Poppins on ice visit in December.

Bingo Evening – Our fund raising Bingo Eve on Wednesday 23rd May raised £284 towards our funds.  Many thanks to the members and friends who supported this event and a big thank you to Kerrie and Vera for arranging the evening.

Although I manage to get funding for HALDS this is not enough for the trips and events we have and we need members to support our fund raising events as without these events we would not be able to offer large discounts on our trips costs.      

Chatsworth RHS Flower show – Thurs 7th June.  Coach would be leaving Runcorn Old Town bus station at 8.30am and Widnes Stobart Stadium 8.40am. Leaving Chatsworth 5pm for journey home. 

Halton Carers Centre – Forum in the Garden, Halton Carers Centre are holding a forum in the back garden of their offices in Church Street, Runcorn.  There will be information stalls attending, including HALDS who will be having a stall at the event. No problem if raining as a marquee will cover the garden.– 

Friday 15th June – Salsa Night at St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, with Halton Voluntary Action, join in the fun during Volunteers week, with Demonstrations throughout the evening, join in the dancing or just enjoy the music.  I have purchased the tickets for this event but if anyone else would like to go, please let me know and more tickets can be purchased.  Can I please have payment for Salsa tickets by end May 

Friday 22nd June – Soap quiz evening, we will hold a soap quiz, raffle and prizes for soap character fancy dress, tickets £3, please bring own drink and supper.  I am collecting any soap memophobilia if you have any to give.

War Horse – Lowry Theatre, Thursday 28th June – This trip is now completely full, Coach leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm

Cadburys world & Bourneville village, Sun 8th July, Full day trip to Cadburys work and Bourneville Village, there are only a few places left on this trip – Cost £10 per person. Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium 9am and Runcorn Old Town Bus station 9.10am. We will then proceed to Cadburys world, on arrival you will have time to explore the Bourneville Village, have lunch either in one of the cafes or bring packed lunch, we will then meet up again for our guided tour of Cadburys World at 2pm.  After the tour we will then continue to the Country Girl pub/restaurant for a meal before our return journey back to Runcorn/Widnes.  Payment due by end June – Menus will be given out for you selection prior to our visit.

Canal Cruise/Lunch Barn Owl, Monday 6th Aug – This cruise is now full, Cost £10  Payment due by end July 

Canal Cruise/Lunch Barn Owl,  Monday 13th Aug – This cruise is now full, Cost £10  Payment due by end July 

Canal Cruise/Lunch Barn Owl, Monday 20th Aug – There is 1 place available for this date, Cost £10. Payment due by end July 

Wed 26th Sept – Northwich Museum/Workhouse – Coach will be leaving Runcorn/Widnes at 10.15 for arrival at 11am where  tea/coffee will be provided followed by a talk and film show about the museum, you will then have time to wander round on your own.  This is followed by lunch at 1pm next door at The Bowling Green Pub, Cost for trip £5, please let me know if you would like to come along

Terracota Soldiers – As a few of us where unable to make the Terracota soldier visit due to illness and accidents, I am going to arrange another trip, so please let me know if you would like to come along

Eurodisney – 24th November 2018 – Cost £525 per person, there are still places available on this trip if you would like to attend.   When making balance payments for Eurodisney, could you please either pay via BACS into COGO Travels account ( I can give you their bank details)  or a cheque made payable to COGO Travel, alternatively you can phone COGO travel direct on 01273 020 531 to pay via debit or credit card, both the latter please use our reference 011118 and let them know you are with the HALDS group. Please also let me know you have made a payment. I AM UNABLE TO TAKE FULL BALANCE PAYMENTS IN CASH, as it will be too much money to pay into my bank account.. This does not include members paying monthly, this is okay.  ALL PAYMENTS ARE TO BE PAID BY END SEPTEMBER TO COGO.  

From September I will taking passport numbers and travel insurance details from members attending Eurodisney trip

Mary Poppins on Ice – Sunday 9th December £10 for HALDS members, £25 for non members.  I have had a big response to this event (90 tickets purchased)  therefore, 2 coaches have been booked.  We will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 10am, Widnes Stobart Stadium at 10.10am. for Lunch at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool at 12.30.  The Ice show is 2.30 – 4.30 then we will journey home.  Due to the large number of tickets purchased, could I please have payment by end May 

Marlborough Hotel Christmas Break away – Friday 21st December to Sunday 23rd December 2018,  Friday will be Christmas eve theme and Saturday Christmas day.  Cost would be £100 per person plus coach.  We would arrive Friday afternoon and cost includes Friday evening meal through to Sunday lunch.  We would then leave Llandudno Sunday afternoon for journey home.  All guests will receive a Christmas gift from Santa.  Please let me know if you would like to come along to this weekend away.  Deposits of £50 would not be due until end June followed by balances end October.  As I am going to be booking rooms with Marlborough, Please let me know if you would like to come along to this Christmas weekend away as I will be booking rooms with the hotel in June.

Theatre Clwyd Rock’n’Roll panto Dick Whittington – Fri 11th January 2019.  Cost £10 for HALDS members.  Theatres in Clywd now have HYNT cards to enable carers to go free with their paying cared for.  Therefore if you apply for a free HYNT card (which can be used all over Wales in their theatres) the cost for carers for this show will be free, you will only pay for your cared for £10.  We will discuss this at Mays meeting.

We will be holding a committee meeting on 18th June 11am at Laburnum Grove.

For the funding from  Merseyside Community Investment Fund I have had to put together a Vulnerable Adults Policy and also with the new privacy policy coming into affect on 25th May,  I have put together new registration forms, so next month I will be giving all members a new form for registering with HALDS and also a copy of the Vulnerable Adults policy

Our next meeting is Monday 25th June when Laurence from PALS will be coming along, then our  meeting on Monday 30th July will be Beth from Healthy Halton.

Our meeting after the Summer Holidays will be on Monday 24th September when Irene Bramwell from Halton Healthwatch will be coming along to talk to us.

Our monthly meetings are well attended and apologises for members who do not get any lunch due to being at the end of the line, As from Junes meetings, I have increased the quantities of sandwiches etc so there should now be enough to go round for our lunches.