November Newsletter

Our speakers for Octobers meeting were Beth & Pam from Halton Health Improvement Team who came to talk to us about a Healthy Halton.  They explained that there are 3 groups, Start Well – which is for children, Live Well – Helping adults lead healthier lifestyles and Age Well – Supporting Healthy and active ageing.

There are numerous groups within the Health Improvement Teams and you can contact them for any of the following:

Stop Smoking Service – No referral needed from a doctor, the team offers Free support and advice to anyone who wants to stop smoking

Age Well exercise sessions for the over 50s – Exercise and home safety advice for people who have fallen or are at risk of falling.

Specialised Exercise Classes – If you have heart or respiratory problems or have had a stroke or cancer, our specialised Exercise on referral classes are designed to build confidence, improve quality of life and help you return to carrying out daily activities

NHS Health Checks – if you are aged 40 – 74 you may be eligible to a Free NHS Health Check, which checks blood pressured, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and your risk of stroke and dementia

Mental Health – Through high profile campaigns, training and events, we aim to get people in Halton talking about their mental health and challenging the stigma of mental health

Weight Management – Fresh Start, 10 weekly fitness & health sessions lasting 90 minutes per session that includes a weight in, nutritional chat and fitness session.

For more information of any of the above Tel 0300 029 0029 or e-mail HIT@halton.gov.uk

Sure Start to Later Life based at Grangeway Community Centre – Services and activities to help the over 55s feel less isolated, learn new skills, feel better and get more active.  Contact Sure Start to Later Life direct on 01928 569477

Leaflets covering all the above where given out at the meeting and I have spare if you would like any.

The fund raising evening we held on Friday 5th October was a good success and £267 was raised towards HALDS funds.  Thank you to all that supported the fund raising evening.

Sharon Hearty and Andrew Telford are going to be swimming for HALDS in a sponsored swim at Kingsway Baths, this will be held next year, will advise a date once arranged.

Bingo – Kerrie & Vera run a bingo each Tuesday at Halton Brook Community Centre and money raised goes to charities, for 2019 they have kindly nominated HALDS as their chosen charity.  If you would like to go along to any of the sessions starting in January, they are a Tuesday evening at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30.

John Llorca has kindly donated a  used LG 43”  TV he no longer requires so he has donated it to HALDS to raffle, raffle tickets are now being sold  and will be drawn at the Christmas Fair on Monday 19th November.  £1 a ticket

Funding – We have not been successful with the funding from NHS, but we still have funding bids out in the community and I will be bidding for funding from Awards for All in the next couple of weeks.

Christmas Fair – Our next meeting on Monday 19th November will be our Christmas Fair, please invite friends and family to this event.  There will be a variety of stalls selling Christmas gifts, a Christmas raffle and lunch. HALDS will be hosting a Christmas Stall, Tombola and a White Elephant.

If you have any items for the HALDS tombola, please could I have them before the event.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING ALONG TO THE CHRISTMAS FAIR, as they have to have tickets put on them.  Any items for the Christmas stall can be brought on the day. 

Sing A Long Greatest Showman – Brindley Studios on Monday 19th November starting 7pm. Could I please have everyone there seated by 6.50 at the latest as film will start 7pm prompt.  Cost is £7 per person. This is for HALDS members and their friends and family. Money due by end October.  We will have a dance floor at the back for the guys who want to dance along to the film. This event is now fully booked up.  Refreshments can be pre-ordered before the evening, Prices as follows:

            Bottled water £0.50

            Fizzy bottled drinks £2

            Sweets £2.50 (Maltesers, Wine gums, fruit pastilles or Minstrels

            Popcorn £2

            Ice Cream £2 – during interval (Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Mint, Honey Comb or Caramel 

I am have to pre-order the above, please let me have your requirements by 8th November.  Money is required when placing your order. 

Eurodisney – 24th November 2018 – All details are now finalised and e-mails have been sent out with details.  I now have invoices if you require one for Direct payments/respite audits or for your Carer Break Funding.

Monday 3rd December – Halton British Legion Christmas disco 7pm.  I now have the forms for the Legion Christmas party, please complete and return to Jean Fish asap.  All HALDS members can attend the party.

Mary Poppins on Ice – Sun 9th Dec – Departing Runcorn Old Town Bus Station only at 10am, will have lunch at 12 noon at the Pleasure Beach, then walk across to the Ice rink for the show at 2.30  This show is now fully booked up. For those who never gave me your food choices, I have ordered Fish & chips for you.

HALDS Christmas party – Friday 14th Dec, all welcome, no charge, no raffles, just come along and have fun with Adam our resident DJ, party games etc.  We will also be having our Bowling prize giving during the evening.  We will also be celebrating Phillip Wakefields 18th birthday during the evening.

Chester Zoo Lantern Parade – Wed 19th December, 7.30pm – Cost £10.  For every person with a disability, one carer goes free,   There will be no coach for this event, we will be meeting at Chester Zoo.  Due to cancellations there are 2 places available for this event.   Money due by end October.

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. Cost of the coach is £15 per person.   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.  All Money due by end October .

Theatre Clwyd Rock’n’Roll panto Dick Whittington – Fri 11th January 2019.  Cost £10 for HALDS members.  This event is now fully booked up.  Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.30.  Runcorn Old Town Bus station 5.45.

I am asking for all the above events to be paid for by end October, as I will not be collecting money at the Christmas Fair and we will not be having another meeting before the Christmas events start. 

HALDS Bowling sessions – HALDS bowling sessions are going well  we hold them the 2nd Monday of the month, meeting at 10.20 am at Widnes Bowling, the cost is 5.95 which includes 2 games bowls, bacon butty and tea/coffee.

Dates for future bowling sessions are as follows:

Mon 12th Nov

Mon 10th Dec

I am starting to arrange the social events for 2019, the following have been booked so far, please put your names down if you would like to attend.  No money is required just your names of those interested to enable me to know coach size to book .

Coronation Street Tour – Sat 23rd March 2019 – Cost £15 for HALDS members, £35 for non HALDS.  Coach will be leaving 11.30

Tramway Village, Matlock – Sat 27th April – Cost £10 – tbc

Birmingham Sea Life Centre/Shopping Birmingham city centre – Sat 18th May – £15 for HALDS members –  tbc

Gardeners World Show – Thursday 13th June – Cost £15

Llangollen Eistefodd – First week in July, date to be confirmed

Marlborough Hotel – Sept 20th 2019 – 3 nights £140

The above prices will hopefully be reduced but it depends on our funding for next year.

I am looking at booking a Backstage tour of Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool in January.  I have spoken to the group organiser and for a group tour a minimum of 35 people are required and it would be a Thursday, if you would be interested in attending this tour could you please let me know, so I have an idea of numbers.

February will be our birthday celebrations, depending on funding it  could be a meal on canal in Chester or a Birthday Party at Laburnum.

Could I please ask that I be contacted via e-mail if possible, as I am receiving messages via e-mail, facebook, messenger, by person and texts and its getting very confusing and things can be missed off.

I am looking for suggestions for speakers for 2019, we have January booked at present and I have contacted Fire Safety to come along, but do not have any other speakers in mind at present

Quite a few members have approached me about the lunches at the meetings, a few people are piling up their plates and not leaving enough for other members, I have asked Quigleys to provide more savouries, but this is a light lunch for you, not a banquet so please think of others when serving yourselves.  A suggestion has been made for someone to actually dish out the lunches, but at present I do not want this to happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct Newsletter

 Our speaker for Septembers meeting was Jane Catt from Halton Healthwatch, who came along to talk to us about Healthwatch Halton.  Halton Healthwatch gather and represent the view of the public on doctors, dentist & hospitals, both good and bad. If you have had any good or bad experiences at any of the above, please contact Halton Healthwatch on 0300 777 6543 or enquiries@healthwatchhalton.co.uk.  If you would like to sign up for their monthly newsletter (e-mail only) please let me know and I will ask them to put you on their mailing list.  I am going to be asking for more leaflets about Healthwatch and should have these at our next meeting

Fund Raising Evening – We are holding a fund raising evening on Friday 5th October, 7.30pm – HOY and Rock ‘n’ Bingo.  We will have music from our resident DJ Adam and a raffle, tickets are now on sale 3pound each

Sharon Hearty and Andrew Telford are going to be swimming for HALDS in a sponsored swim at Kingsway Baths on a Friday – date to be confirmed

John Llorca has a  LG 43”  TV he no longer requires so he has donated it to HALDS to raffle, the tickets will be sold from Monday 24th Sept and will be drawn at the Christmas Fair on Monday 19th November.  1 Pound a ticket

Karen Whelan kindly purchased some football cards for HALDS to send round at the meetings, which gives HALDS 20 Pound towards the funds and the winner gets 20 Pound.

Christmas Fair – We are also holding a Christmas Fair on Monday 19th November, if you know anyone who would like a stall at this event, please let me know.  HALDS will be having tombola and a Christmas Stall this event

I am looking for donations for the raffles at both events and also for our tombola stall.

If you would like to make anything for our Christmas Stall, please feel free, i.e. cushion covers, pin cushions etc. 

Please support HALDS with the above fund raising events, as without the funds we cannot access all we do

Billy & Wally Show, Brindley Theatre, Runcorn – Thurs 4th Oct

Please meet 6.30 in the foyer as show starts at 7pm

Terracota Soldiers – Mon 15th Oct –  We will be picking up Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 9.45am, Widnes Stobart Stadium 9.55am for our tour of Terracota Soldiers at 11am, after which you will have free time in Liverpool to shop or have lunch before our journey  home at 2.30pm.  Money due by end September

Bowling Widnes with supper – Wed 24th October 7pm – Cost 5 Pounds for HALDS members, 10 Pound for non HALDS – Payment due by end September

Sing A Long Greatest Showman – We are having a showing of the film Greatest Showman – Sing-along version – at the Brindley Studios on Monday 19th November at 7pm. Cost is 7 Pound per person. This is for HALDS members and their friends and family, Please let me know if you would like to attend.  Money due by end October

We will be having an interval at the showing, where ice creams can be purchased, please let me know if you would like to order 2 Pound each

Eurodisney – 24th November 2018 – Well what can I say, nearly all paid up, just still need your passport number, name as it appears on passport, travel insurance company, policy number and emergency contact number for insurance company.  I can then get all finalised with COGO travel.  COGO travel are incorporating the cost of the Paris by Night tour in the 525, but I am still going to take the 6.50 each from people as a deposit and this will be given back to you on the coach to Paris.

Mary Poppins on Ice – Sun 9th Dec – Could you please let me know your choice of menu, selection is as follows:

Adults – Fish & Chips or Homemade Meat and Potato Pie & chips,

Children – Chicken Nuggets & chips or Homemade Meat and Potato Pie & chips

Both above are followed by Apple Pie and tea/coffee

Chester Zoo Lantern Parade – Wed 19th December, 7.30pm – Cost 10 Pound .  For every person with a disability, one carer goes free,   There will be no coach for this event, we will be meeting at Chester Zoo.

HALDS Christmas party – Friday 14th Dec, all welcome, no charge, no raffles, just come along and have fun

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. Cost of the coach is 15 Pound per person.   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.  All Money due by end October .  Due to the number of people travelling on the coach, HALDS is subsidising the coach costs with 175 Pound to help keep our cost down for the travel.

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 1 carer for this show will be free, you will only pay for your cared for £10.  If you could please bring your HYNT card to the Oct meeting as I need these to enable me to book free places

Marlborough Hotel – Sept 20th 2019 –  3 nights 140 Pound – Please let me know if you may be interested in coming along.

Last Monday we held a Committee Meeting and it was decided social events for 2019 hopefully will be as follows:

Jan – ITV Studios

Feb – Canal cruise and Meal in Chester for our Birthday celebrations (depending on funding, if not a birthday party at Laburnum Grove.

March – Philharmonic Backstage tour

April – Tramway Village (Sat) and Dog Racing

May – Birmingham Sea Life Centre/Visit city centre

June – Gardeners World Show and Coronation Street Tour

July – Llangollen Eistofodd

Aug – Shrewsbury Boat Trip (Sat)

Sept – Visit to fire station Penketh or Lymm

These all depend on funding being available, we will know more in the new year.

Speakers for future meetings will be a follows:

Oct – Beth Turton, Halton Health, this is a hands on session with blood pressures & lung testing

Nov – Xmas Fair

Jan –  Laurie, Bridges

I am also going to contact Cheshire Fire & Safety. If you have any suggestions for speakers at the meetings, please let me know

Bowling sessions – Each Month, starting last Monday, HALDS are having a bowling morning – Nifty Fifties – at Widnes Bowling, the cost is 5.95 which includes 2 games bowls, bacon butty and tea/coffee.  Dates for future bowling sessions are as follows:  This is for both carer and cared for to attend.

Monday 8th Oct

Mon 12th Nov

Mon 10th Dec

There is no need to book, we meet at 10.20am – Come along and have some fun

Its that time of year again ‘Winter’ and flu jabs time, please note carers and people with disabilities do NOT have to pay for flu jabs, please ask your doctor for these jabs.  Also don’t forget about ‘Care in the Chemist’ where you do not have to pay for routine medicines, I have some leaflets about ‘Care in the Chemist’

Grove House Practice patients – From 1st Oct 2018 Paper prescriptions can only be collected from the Grove House Practice Site.   I have leaflets about this change.

GP Extra – I have some new leaflets for the GP Extra service showing the telephone number (the last ones we had didn’t have a contact telephone number on them)  In Runcorn the medical centre used is Heath Road, this is for ALL doctors surgeries in Runcorn  and Widnes patients go to the Health Care Resource Centre, Oaks Place, Caldwell Rd, Widnes  and again this covers all practices in Widnes.   The Runcorn GP Extra service now offers 2 nurses on a Tuesday & Thursday evening who can carry out all services offered at your practices i.e. ear syringing, holiday jabs, smears etc.   Jane who is the ALD nurse at Tower House is also at the Heath Road Practice on a Tuesday for routine and emergency appointments.  The GP Extra service is not for emergencies only, you can pre-book routine appointments of an evening and a weekend, you can also if you say live in Widnes and work in Runcorn, you can use the Runcorn Heath Road Practice and vice versa.

We have so much on between now and Christmas, I hope members do not think HALDS is overtaking their life!!!!