August Newsletter

I hope you are all keeping safe and well, those who have been self isolating will now be able to get out and about, though all take care as the virus is still out there.

Walking Group – From Wed 12th August the walking group is going to be held on a Wednesday. Tuesday 4th will take place as normal, for this walk, we are meeting at Pickering Pasture car park at 11am.   The meeting place and walk will be advertised each week on our Whats App page and also I will send out an e-mail advising were the walk will take place for that particular week.   All are welcome on our walks, we keep our distance from each other and the pace is leisurely.

Future meetings

I am hoping, all being well, we can re-start back to our meetings end September, obviously things will be different for a while or until we get the vaccine, there would be no lunch or teas & coffees provided and no tables set out. But you could bring your own refreshments.

I will keep you posted on the above as depends on government saying groups can meet and also when Mencap hall will be opening for groups to attend, I will let you know about our meetings re-starting in the September newsletter.

Social Events:

Any monies paid for social events will be refunded, though I do have a new social event to add:

Wed 14th December, 7pm – Dunham Massey Christmas event – This is an outside event and there will be no transport provided, you will go in your own car, Cost is £5 per person for HALDS members and £18 for non members.  Please let me know if you would like to attend, how many cars you will have, car registration and also please let me know if you are a National Trust Member and also your membership number.   National Trust members get free parking, but non members parking is £7 per car, which HALDS will pay for as there is no coach.  I have to book your car park space when confirming numbers attending.    This is a 90 minutes walking event so wrap up warm for a mix of winter traditions and seasonal spectacles.  Take a festive walk around the Winter Garden, explore Percy the Park Keepers woodland cabin an warm yourself up with hot chocolate in the Stamford Café.

Community Gardening Group

Hopefully on 24th September a new gardening group will commence at Brookvale Community Centre 11am – 1pm,  this will entail setting up an allotment in the garden behind the centre, workshops, seed sowing and many more gardening jobs. If you would like more information about this group, there is an information meeting on Thursday 6th August at 1pm at the Brookvale Community Centre, there are chairs at the centre, but if possible please bring your own chair, the meeting will be held outside.   I will be hosting the new gardening group.  

 Carers Information

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. Also if you need your hearing aid tubes changed, Halton Hospitals ear clinic is not open yet, but you can make an appointment and pop along to Warrington Hospital ear clinic to get them changed, but you need an appointment to attend.  Also batteries can be picked up in the foyer of Highfield clinic, Highfield Road, Widnes.

Face Masks – With the new rules regarding wearing face masks, if you person you care for is exempt from wearing a mask please take a look at the website www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask  for more information on the exempt cards available.

TV Licences – If you or a member of your household is registered blind or vision impaired you can apply for 50% off your TV Licence. A form can be downloaded to apply

Pension Refund for Woman hitting 67 before 6.4.2016 – This was on Martin Lewis money show a few weeks back and its for married woman who were 67 before 6.4.2016, a lot of woman were paid the incorrect pension, you can go onto  the web site Lane, Clark & Peacock and fill in your details and you could be owed thousands. THIS IS NOT A SCAM, a lot of woman have had big pay outs.  I have missed it by 1 month!!!!!!

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.

TAKE CARE & STAY SAFE

July Newsletter

I hope you are all still keeping safe and well at this difficult time, it’s getting harder I know but hopefully we can see the light at the end of  tunnel – though still a long tunnel!!!!   Keep the jokes coming in on our Whats App page

We have started up our walking group, which is going well, we have had 2 walks round Spike Island and this Tuesday 7th July we are meeting at the car park by the Ice Rink in Widnes for a walk round Pickering Pasture, the walks are very leisurely and usually last about 1 hour.  We can walk at a distance between us and chat.  It’s good to get out and meet people and members attending are enjoying the walks .

We meet weekly on a Tuesday at 11am if anyone would like to join us.

Funding

I am sorry to say, but we were not successful for our funding bid from Awards for All  funding for people affected by the virus, they were unable to fund our projects, as it was over 12 month period and also is not in keeping with current government guidelines.  It also did not address the current priorities.  Next year when everything is back to normal!!!! I will apply to the normal Awards for All for funding.

Future meetings

I am hoping, all being well, we can re-start back to our meetings end September,  obviously things will be different for a while or until we get the vaccine,  there would be no lunch or teas & coffees provided and no tables set out. But you could bring your own refreshments. What I was proposing was if members could let me know that they would be coming and I will set out chairs with your names on, so for example, if there is 3 in your family, i.e. Fran, Eileen and Rachael, there would be 3 chairs for you or 2 i.e. Alan & Richard 2 chairs.  Chairs would be spaced out as per covid regulations.  Our first meeting back will be a social and catch up.

I will keep you posted  on the above as depends on government saying groups can meet and also when Mencap hall  will be opening for groups to attend

Social Events:

Eurodisney – I have a refund credit note forEurodisney which has to be used by 31st March 2021, if not used, we will get a full refund.  BUT we don’t have to go by 31st March we can go anytime, even the following year, its as long as its booked by 31st March 2021, we will discuss early 2021 and get members thoughts on what you would like to do about the trip.

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 now back in the office, BUT the office is not open to the public, the staff are split into 2 groups and each group works half a week in the office and the other half at home, so if you need to speak to anyone, need any advice or information or would like to participate in any of the groups below please don’t hesitate to give them a call  on 01928 580182 or e-mail help@haltoncarers.co.uk

They are holding fortnightly coffee mornings, Autism training sessions, Activities for Young carers,  Dementia coffee groups and Recharge & Restore Relaxation Groups all via zoom.

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.

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

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.

TAKE CARE & STAY SAFE