May Newsletter

I hope you are all keeping safe and well at this difficult time for us all. Try to keep positive and hopefully it won’t be too long before we can all start going out and about again and meeting friends and family. Look at this time at home to chill, do gardening, time to have a spring clean and a good sort out.

Funding

We have received £1,580 from Halton Borough Council for our monthly meetings and also £1,000 from Knights House Fund, I also applied for £3k from Masonic and I have received an e-mail asking for more information, which sounds promising. I am also going to make an application for Awards for All funding for a break away, as I think we will all need a break when safe to venture outside.

Future meetings

The first meeting back we will have a general catch up and lunch, followed the following month with our AGM.

David Gray from Welfare Rights will be talking at one of our meetings, hopefully be the month after our AGM, he will give a general talk on Welfare Rights then it will be open questions for you to ask, afterwards he will talk to members privately if required and also will arrange appointments at his office if you so require a lengthy meeting with him. We may turn meeting around and go through the agenda whilst having lunch, then it saves rushing David.

Social Events:

Eurodisney – Eurodisney will be next year, no date has been set as we will wait until we all agree when we feel safe to travel, I will update other members when the date has been decided in case you would like to join us. 

Phantom of the Opera – Palace Theatre, Manchester – I have been in contact with ATG and they are looking at putting on Phantom at a later date, so they are holding onto our money until we know any future dates of the performance

Blackpool and Hot Ice Show – CANCELLED 

Mam I’m ere, Royal Court, Liverpool – Thurs 6th August -CANCELLED 

We Will Rock You – Thus 10th Sept – Brindley Theatre £10 for HALDS members and £17 for non HALDS – TBC

Marlborough Hotel- Llandudno Turkey & Tinsel – Friday 18th December, 3 nights £130 per person – Please let me know if interested, coach will be extra – This weekend away depends on the distancing rules and whether members feel comfortable going away in a group, we will decide at a later date.

Zoom meetings – I was going to try and have meetings/quizzes via zoom but due to the concerns of its safety have hesitated to do so. I may though have a quiz via whats app. I will send out a message on our whats app page with details. If you are not on our Whats App page and would like to be added, please let me know. 

Carers Information

Widnes Walk In is now appointments ONLY system and opening hours are 8am – 8pm. Not sure about Runcorn Urgent Care 

Hearing Aid Batteries – if you are running low on batteries for hearing aids you can telephone Warrington Hospital on 01925 662420 and they will send some out in the post for you 

From April 1st hospital parking is free for blue badge holders

PA Payments – If you normally employ a regular PA for your cared for, I have it in writing that we can continue paying our Pas and agencies their normal hours. As long as it’s within your budget. It is to enable you to keep your staff. I asked if they could be furloughed but the reply was it doesn’t apply to PAs because the funding used to pay them is public funds so we must continue to pay them which is good as it means they are protected.

Halton Carers Centre are issuing letters to registered carers in case you are stopped whilst out shopping or collecting medication/prescriptions. To get a letter please telephone 01928 580182 or e-mail help@haltoncarers.co.uk

Carer Break FundingDue to COVID19 Carers Break Funding can, for now, be used for the following purchases of equipment for your own use which will enable you to have a break i.e: • Purchase of paint, wallpaper and necessary equipment to decorate your home • To purchase plants, pots, garden furniture and garden equipment ie jet washer & tools for your garden • For home gym equipment like weights, treadmill, rowing machine etc • Towards the cost of a Smart TV • Purchase of TV package i.e. Now TV, SKY Cinema, SKY Sports, Netflix, Amazon fire stick etc.

The above list will be reviewed and amended when necessary.

Examples of Breaks currently on hold due to COVID19 include: • Holiday (including any already booked or taken) • Day trips or short breaks • Driving lessons • Access to services to enhance your caring role • Leisure activities such as gym membership • Accessing relaxation therapy, pamper or hairdressing treatments • Theatre or sports tickets • Labour costs associated with household activities such as gardening, cleaning or decorating. • Food and drink during the break (including alcohol)

Note: If you still wish to apply for funding for the above activities you are still able to, however funding won’t be released until such a time when the Government relaxes its stance on isolation and social distancing or you can provide proof that such organisations/activities are taking bookings. i.e. driving instructor, theatre, holiday companies, gyms etc.

If you wish to apply for Carer Break Funding and you have applied in the past, a ll Receipts must be returned from your previous award before another application will be considered  

If you have any queries/wish to discuss further or apply for Carer Break funding please contact the centre on 01928 580 182 or email help@haltoncarers.co.uk

PPE scams – Please beware of scams going round at present via telephone calls and also leaflets through doors, offering PPE equipment for sale.

 

 

 

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