June 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 received a cheque for £250 from Masonic Lodge, HALDS had been put forward in January by a friend of Lizs.  I have also applied for funding of £9k from Awards for All but its for people affected by the virus, not the normal Awards for All funding,  if we are successful we have to use the funding within 6 months.   I put down for a weekend away at The Marlborough Hotel, Llandudno.

Future meetings

I don’t know when our meetings will resume, I can imagine it will be a long time before a group as large as ours can meet in one room. 

In the meantime, I thought if small groups wanted to meet outside, maybe go for a walk in the park, either on our own or meet up with our cared fors, to allow them to meet with friends and walk round the park, keeping distance obviously.  Or even invite friends to your back garden and distance your chairs, its all ways of keeping in contact now that we can have small groups together.

 I thought about starting up our walking group again, the first walk will be at Spike Island on Tuesday 16th June at 11am, meet in the car park.  We can distance whilst walking round and talking. We can then discuss whether you want to meet weekly to enable us to get out and about.

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 – This has been put backuntil 2021, they are holding onto our money until we know any future dates of the performance

Mam I’m ere, Royal Court, Liverpool – Thurs 6th August – I received am e-mail and they hope to put on the show sometime next year

We Will Rock You – Thus 10th Sept – Brindley Theatre £10 for HALDS members and £17 for non HALDS – This has been put back until March 2021

Marlborough Hotel- Llandudno Turkey & Tinsel – Friday 18th December, 3 nights £130 per person – I don’t know what will be happening about this weekend away, it depends on how and when hotels start re-opening and how safe we all feel about going, and then there is the coach, how would be distance our selves on the coach.  We will wait until the hotels start re-opening before making a decision.     

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.

NHS prescription form – a new version of a form has been published that will allow disabled people claiming Universal Credit to show their pharmacist if they are entitled to free prescriptions

Halton Libraries Home Delivery Library Service, this normally operates for people who are normally housebound or people with mobility problems, but they are currently taking people on a temporary basis if over 70, or any age if shielding and unable to get out and about at present. If you would like to know more about this service please contact e-mail tin.taylor@halton.gov.uk or telephone 0151 511 8291

Mobility Insurance refund – If you have a mobility car, insurance refunds of £50 are being sent out, as not many people are using their cars at the moment 

Active Halton – Staying Active at home during Covid-19 – Halton Borough council have issued information on line with links to Keeping Active at Home,  chair based excercises, family games, 10 minute workouts, Arthritis Action and many more links, 

Look under Active Halton and you will find the link to Staying Active at Home during Covid-19 

Halton Carers Centre News

The staff at Halton Carers Centre are still working from home, if you need to speak to anyone, need any advice or information or would like to participate in any of the grops below please don’t hesitate to give them a call  telephone 01928 580182 or e-mail help@haltoncarers.co.uk

They have someone making face masks, scrubs and scrub bags and these are being issued to Health centres across Halton.

They are still holding Autism trainng sessions, Activities for Young carers,  Dementia coffee groups and Recharge & Restore Relaxation Groups

If you need a letter for when out and about, the cares 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

They are also holding fortnightly coffee groups via zoom the next one is Wednesday 24th June at 11am, if you would like to participate, please let me know and I will forward the meeting number and password to you.

You can still apply for 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.

I hope you all find the above information helpful, if you have information to be shared please pass onto myself to enable me to let HALDS members know what is there for them.

On a nice note, Fiona from Hugh Jones, has gone onto maternity leave and her baby is due on 24th June, she is going to let me know when she has had the baby.  In the meantime if you need to contact Hugh Jones solicitors for any reason I have another point of contact until Fiona comes back to work.