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Further February news

Funding – We have now received the Lottery funding £4,400, I have applied for £2,000 funding from HBC for our monthly meetings, newsletters and overhead costs and also have applied for funding from Boshier-Hinton Foundation for social events

This Friday 28th February is our 4th Birthday party, which is being held at the Beechwood Community Centre ,Beechwood, Runcorn. Tickets are £3 each,  Doors open 7.30, bring your own buffet.  There are still tickets left for this event if you would like to come along.

Bond Hotel weekend 21st March, All is now booked, those going via mini bus, pick ups are 10.45 Runcorn Old Town Bus Station and 11am Stobart Stadium, Widnes.  Please note theme for the weekend is 70s and not 80s, you can come fancy dress all nights if you want, as the whole weekend is 70s theme

Social events, if you would like to attend any of our social events, please put your name down, cost for HALDS members and their cared for, for each event is £5.00.  You do not need this money when putting your names down, but will be need to be paid before event.

Oliver, Brindley Theatre, Runcorn  Wed 19th March –  7.30start  – Tickets are now purchased for this event, I will try to get your tickets to you before the event, if not, I will meet you in the foyer before show starts.

Dobies Garden Centre/Toby CarveryMonday 12th May – pick up time from Runcorn Bus station is 9.45, Stobart Stadium 10am, were we will head down to Dobies Garden Centre, we will be leaving Dobies at 12noon, for carvery lunch at Toby in Speke.  We will be departing Toby Carvery at 2pm for drop offs at Widnes and Runcorn

Trentham Gardens/Monkey Forest – Sat 14th June – This is a full day event, we will be leaving Runcorn 9amish, the day will include morning in the Monkey Forest, boat trip to gardens and afternoon at Trentham gardens were there are shops, gardens and plenty more to look at. We will be leaving to come home about 5 – 5.30ish

The Lion King, Empire Theatre, Liverpool Thurs 19th June, 7.30pm  – We are having a trip to the theatre, mini buses will pick you up at either Runcorn Old Town Bus station 5.45 or Widnes at 6pm.  Coming home you will be dropped off at your home address.

Swimming Party/Sunday Lunch – We have privately hired Beechwood Swimming Pool for our group at 4.30 on Sunday 13th July, afterwards we will be going over to the Beechwood Pub for our Sunday Roast

Bowling/Lunch, Widnes  – Monday 22nd Sept – more details nearer the event

Phew!!!! I am exhausted thinking of all the above

If you would like to attend any of the above events, please let me know asap, as I need to know numbers for the buses/tickets etc. 

AGM – In place of our May meeting on Monday 19th  we will be holding our annual AGM, all are welcome to attend, we will have lunch as normal, and AGM will be at 1pm

Do you like singing? Whether you have a good voice or not, why not come along to the Halton Carers Centre Choir, it is held on Monday evening 5pm – 6pm, it gets you away from home for an hour and its good for your lungs. The only cost is 50p which is for your cuppa and biscuit and money towards a night out later in the year.

The Soroptimists are holding a fashion show on Thursday 27th March at 7.30pm at the Masonic Hall, Widnes, all proceeds raised are in aid of ELLA performance group, tickets are £5 each, if you would like more information please contact Paula Fox on 07977 073847.  For those who saw the show last weekend Panto Pandemonium which was performed by the ELLA group, will agree, all monies raised goes to a good cause.

 

 

 

 

 

Review of February Meeting

We held our first meeting on Monday at our new venue in Runcorn, The Acorn Centre, Laburnum Grove, Runcorn.  All went well with both meeting room and refreshments.  We had are most attended meeting, 38 members came all together.

Our guest speaker this month was Andrea Holland from Halton Borough Council Direct Payments team, who told us about Self-Direct Support and how it is a way for people who are eligible for funding from adult social care to get the support they need.  The contact telephone number is 0303 333 4300 where you need to speak to the Initial Assessment Team, you will be allocated a social worker and your services will then be assessed. If you would like more information Andrea gave me leaflets about the service and I also have a folder which tells you all about Direct Payments.  If your cared for does not get direct payments at the moment, it is worth phoning, as this will help with getting your cared for out and about and will give you a well earned break yourself.

Additional News from January

Meal out Monday 10th Feb – We will be having lunch at, the Ring O Bells in Farnworth, Widnes on Monday 10th February at 12 noon, courtesy of Halton Carers Centre, Carl has asked me to arrange a meal and the carers centre will pay for it, this is because a number of ALD carers are unable to access carer centre trips out – If you would like to come along to this event, please contact me to put your name down

HALDS 4th birthday bash – Fri 28th Feb 2014 –- This event is nearly a sell out, not many tickets are left, tickets are £3. Please bring your own buffet for your own table, entertainment will be AJ Disco. This is also a fund raising evening so we will be holding a raffle, Irish bingo, football cards during the evening, if you have any raffle prizes please let me know (ask at your local hairdressers, restaurants, garages, shops etc for vouchers for prizes)

Bond Hotel – Friday 21st March – There are 20 of us going to the Bond Hotel, Blackpool for a 70s weekend, cost is £145 plus coach fare £20 each. If you would like to join us please let me know. NB This is a 70s weekend not 80s as previously advertised – fancy dress optional

Pending lottery funding being approved – I cannot see any problem, we have received a conditional offer from them and all paperwork has been sent in, just waiting for final letter and money going into our bank:

The following social events will be arranged:

Wednesday 19th March – Brindley Theatre – Oliver –– I have reserved 2 rows (33 seats) please let me know if you would like to attend this event,

Monday 12th May – Dobies Garden Centre followed by lunch at Toby Carvery, Speke, Costs include transport and lunch, pick ups will be 9.45 from Runcorn Old Town Bus Station and 10am Widnes Stobart Stadium and coming home we will be leaving Speke at 2pm

Saturday 14th June – Full day out to Trentham Gardens Monkey Forest, this is for both yourselves and you’re cared for. Costs will include transport and admission charge. Pick up times tbc

Sunday 13th July – Swimming Pool party at Beechwood Swimming Baths, (private booking for our group only) at 4.30 followed by Sunday Lunch at either Beechwood Pub or hot buffet in Beechwood Community Centre (Please note this is different than decided at committee meeting, as Saturday bookings are at 2.30)

Monday 22nd September – Bowling and lunch in Widnes, charge will include your bowling and lunch.

Charges for social events – It has been agreed that there will a £5 nominal charge for social events for HALDS members and their cared fors. Non members will be charged full rate of costs.

All the above is pending lottery funding and also availability at venue. If you are interested in coming along to any of these events, please let me know, to enable me to have an insight for numbers for booking transport. I do not need your £5 when putting your names down.

NHS Carer at the Chemist – On 31st March we have Bertha coming to talk to us abut changes to Chemists and how they can provide help and advice on all kinds of medicines-related problems and health issues. The local NHS operates a minor ailments scheme that you can access via your local community pharmacy. The scheme does not stop you seeing your GP in the normal way, under the scheme you can see your local chemist for a private consultation, usually without an appointment for a wide range of ailments. If you don ‘t pay for prescriptions then any medications the Chemist prescribes will be free of charge – Remember to ask for NHS Care at the Chemist – I have some information sheets to give out at the January Meeting, but Bertha will be able to give more advice about this scheme.

Halton Borough Council Bin collections – Are you aware that if you are elderly or infirm, HBC do a bin pull out service, if you would like more details please telephone 0303 333 4300

Change of details – If you have had any change of contact details i.e. you now have an e-mail address where I could send out your newsletter, moved house or changed mobile or land line telephone numbers could you please let me know and I will amend your details accordingly.

Electronic Prescriptions – Tower House Practice at St Pauls Health Centre now offer a NHS Electronic Prescription Services (EPS) you need to get a form from the reception, complete and return to them. On the form you nominate a chemist, once doctors receive a repeat prescription from you, it then automatically goes to the nominated chemist, were you can then either pick up or get delivered.

Sharing experience – Before Xmas Andrew left his glasses at the Halton Lea Library and they went missing, by coincidence we meet the optician in Halton Lea and he told her he had lost them. She informed me, if we write to NHS Central Operations, Bevan House, 65 Stephenson way, Wavertree Technology Park, Wavertree, Liverpool, L13 1HN, explaining the situation they would send us a voucher for another pair. This has now been received and Andrew can now have a new pair of glasses. This we didn’t know about, so thought would share in case you know anyone in the same predicament.

Halton Carers Centre is holding a carers forum on Thursday 20th February at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes, 10am – 2pm. The topic for this forum is Mental Health, it’s for carers of mental health or if you have experienced depression, anxiety, stress etc yourself then go along to learn about the services available in Halton. The day is a drop in event. A buffet lunch is provided, transport and crèche places are available if needed but these need to be pre booked via the carers centre. Topics include, an introduction to mental health services including assessment, treatment and continual support. Speakers are from the Assessment Team, Recovery Team and Home treatment team. Also including ‘Ignite your Life’ which is run by Wellbeing Enterprises centred round 5 ways to well-being and sing for well- being. If you would like to attend please confirm your place by calling the Halton Carers Centre on (01928) 580 182 or (0151) 257 9673.

Review of January Meeting

We started the new years meetings with a Healthy Life style meeting, Steve and Sheryl came along from the NHS Health team to give a talk which was hands on and very informative and also a good laugh was had by all who attended.

Sheryl explained to us about a pilot scheme which is running at the moment for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Widnes has run for 6 weeks before Christmas and Runcorn is starting this week, they hope to get the funding to continue these sessions and will keep me updated on the progress. Basically the course runs for 6 weeks for 1 and half hours per week, where people with learning disabilities go through healthy foods and exercise.

Ste told us about Fresh Start which is a programme run by NHS for people who want to loose weight and get more exercise, these are 10 week programmes free of charge, please telephone 0151 495 5450 for more information.

HALDS’ 4th Birthday Party

Hi

Just a reminder to you all, HALDSs 4th birthday party which is to be held on Friday 28th February at the Beechwood COmmunity Centre, Beechwood, Runcorn, tickets are £3, please let me know if you would like tickets.

I am now taking names for the lunch at the Ring O Bells, Farnworth, Widnes on Monday 10th February at 12pm and lastly, if you would like to come along to the Bond Hotel, Blackpool on Friday 21st March for an 80s weekend, please let me know asap, as I have reserved bedrooms and need to let Bond know approximate numbers

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information.

Next meeting is Monday 27th January 12noon where we will be having a guest speaker talking to us about Health eating, which we probably all need after the xmas festivities.

Regards

Pam

Additional News from December

Health team – January is the time of year when we start thinking of dieting and keeping fit, especially after over indulging over the xmas period. By the time our meeting takes place on 27th January, all your xmas goodies should be finished with, so come along and hear how you can take up healthy eating once again, and get back on track

HALDS 4th birthday bash – Fri 28th Feb 2014 –- Tickets are now on sale for our birthday bash, please contact me if you would like tickets for the event, all tickets are £3, please invite along your friends and family, all will be welcome. Please bring your own buffet for your own table, entertainment will be AJ Disco. This is also a fund raising evening so we will be holding a raffle during the evening, if you have any raffle prizes please bring to our January meeting. (or ask at your local hairdressers, restaurants, garages, shops etc for vouchers for prizes)

During November a few members and myself held a meeting with Jenny and Craig from Customer Intelligence Unit of Halton Borough Council where we discussed topics that would support carers and how improvements could be made. These include Direct Payments, Funding for groups, Performance Monitoring, Provision of information/consistency, Service Provision and Health Services/Public service. The outcome report is going to the Partnership Board in January, where it will be fed back to me to advice you all on the outcome. The report is too lengthy to put in the newsletter, but I will have copies for you at the January meeting.

Meal out Monday 10th Feb – We will be having lunch at the Ring O Bell in Farnworth, Widnes on Monday 10th February at 12 noon, courtesy of Halton Carers Centre, Carl has asked me to arrange a meal and the carers centre will pay for it, this is because a number of ALD carers are unable to access carer centre trips out.

Free Debt help on your doorstep – Christians against poverty (CAP) visits people in their own homes, negotiates with creditors and supports people right up until they are debt free. The whole service is free of charge and available to anyone regardless of age, faith, gender or background. For further information tel free number 0800 328 0006. I will have information sheets at the January meeting. I know someone who has asked for their help and now is all sorted without any hassle or bother. It’s a well organised service with friendly staff.

New service for Adults with Learning Disabilities in Halton – Halton Health Improvement Team has set up a new Weight Management programme for Adults with Learning disabilities, the weekly session includes exercise, cooking demonstrations and interactive education, for further details contact David King or Cheryl Rose¬-Couthard at Halton Health Improvement Team on 0300 300 0103 (option 1)

Changes to Benefits – PIP has now been rolled out in some parts of the country, everyone who gets DLA now will get a letter about PIP in plenty of time before they have to make the change – I have easy read hand outs, which I will bring along to the January meeting.

Warm Home Discount – You could be entitled to £135 to warm home discount off your electricity bill for having a vulnerable person in your household. All service providers are different, so please therefore contact your electricity supplier and ask about their warm home discount scheme. Do not put this off as for some providers you have to claim before end January

NHS Carer at the Chemist – On 31st March we have Bertha coming to talk to us about changes to Chemists and how they can provide help and advice on all kinds of medicines-related problems and health issues. The local NHS operates a minor ailments scheme that you can access via your local community pharmacy. The scheme does not stop you seeing your GP in the normal way, under the scheme you can see your local chemist for a private consultation, usually without an appointment for a wide range of ailments. If you don ‘t pay for prescriptions then any medications the Chemist prescribes will be free of charge – Remember to ask for NHS Care at the Chemist – I have some information sheets to give out at the January Meeting, but Bertha will be able to give more advice about this scheme.

Council Tax Reduction – Are you aware that anyone caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner or child under 18, could be discarded on the council tax, so the person with the disability is not counted, the carer is not counted, so if this only leaves 1 other adult in the household you may be able to get single person discount of 25%. Also if your house has been adapted for the person with a disability you can drop down a bracket on the scale. I.e. an extra room, an extra bathroom. If you think that you could be entitled to disablement reduction, you should complete the – Council Tax – Disablement form which you can get from your local Halton Direct Link One Stop Shop

Autism Spectrum Condition – Attention Card – To help someone with Autism Spectrum Condition explain themselves you can now apply for an Attention Card for Police and Emergency Services, if you would like more details or apply for a card please contact ChAPS on 01928 722384

Halton Carers Centres – Are you registered with Halton Carers Centre? When you are registered at the carers centre you can benefit from Holistic therapies, i.e. Podiatry appointments with Stuart or a manicure, pedicure, massage etc with Emma. You will receive a quarterly newsletter advising of carer break trips out to various venues. You can access Carer Break Funding for which I can carry out your referral. Please contact me if you would like further information of what the carers centre has to offer you as a carer.

HALDS Review of 2013

By the time you will read this, Christmas will be over, your purse will be empty and you will be making New Year resolutions, make sure one of them is to come along to HALDS as the members who participate in the meetings, events and outings all have a good time (or so they tell me). It will also give you a break from your caring role and you will meet new friends, all who can empathise with your caring role. Please also in 2014 arrange to have your carer assessment with Halton Borough Council, Number to ring is (0151) 511 7676.

2013 has been a good year for HALDS we started with our fund raiser in January where we raised £504 towards our funding. In February we went along to the Trigger Pond for lunch, March saw us having our 3rd birthday party at the Beechwood Centre. During April, 51 of us went along to the Bond Hotel in Blackpool for a weekend away. May took us to the Brindley Theatre to watch 7 brides for 7 brothers. July took us into Liverpool for lunch then onto to a bus tour of Liverpool, where the weather was on our side and we had glorious sunny day, also in July we had a trip to Runcorn Fire Station. September took us to the Black Country Museum at Dudley. November we held our Christmas Market Place which was well attended and December we had our Christmas meal out at the Chinese Delight in Frodsham and also 53 of us went back to the Bond Hotel for their Turkey and Tinsel weekend. Pheww!!!!! We have been busy.

As you can see above we had a good year for social events and hopefully 2014 will continue on this note. We have plenty planned for 2014, pending all our paperwork meets their requirements (I cannot see why we will not) we have been awarded £2,400 from the BIG lottery fund for carers breaks this year. These will include theatre trip, lunches, hire of swimming pool for pool party, trip to Monkey forest etc.

There will be a committee meeting on Monday 27th January at 11am for the committee members where we will arrange dates etc for the above outings, all will be revealed in the January newsletter.

Also in 2013 we had plenty of speakers, all to do with your caring role and hopefully the planned speakers for 2014 will be just as informative to you all. Members who do not attend meetings miss out on what the speakers have to tell us, as I cannot always explain in detail in the newsletter. So if possible come along to the meetings which are always held the last Monday of the month (unless it’s a bank holiday, where the meeting is brought forward a week)

I have a CD disc of photographs taken at the Bond Hotel at the Turkey and Tinsel weekend, if you would like a copy please let me know, cost will be £2

A number of members won free trips to return to the Bond Hotel in March and some won £20 off vouchers. If you would like to attend another weekend away, I have provisionally booked for Friday 21st March, cost is £145 per person which includes Dinner, bed and breakfast and all entertainment of an evening, theme is 80s weekend. The cost will be less than £145, (does not include coach, this is extra) some have free vouchers, not everyone who won the free vouchers will be attending this weekend, so they have given me the vouchers to take off the final price, making it cheaper for everyone. If you have a free voucher and would like to attend on 21st March , you need to let me have the voucher towards your cost, or if you have any vouchers and are not attending, would you let me have your vouchers towards other members costs. Hope this makes sense, Please let me know if you are interested in coming away on 21st March.

Additional News (October)

Funding – I have applied for BIG lottery Awards for All funding, for funding towards social activities, I will update you as and when I hear from them. I also applied for core funding from Lloyds TSB but they do not fund this type of costings. I have also approached Halton Borough Council for further funding to cover us for core costs for the next couple of months, this has been agreed and invoice has been raised, just now waiting for money in our bank. I have also applied for core funding for the next 12 months from The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, it looks promising, I have received a reply saying it’s being sent to their trustees for consideration, finger crossed!! I will keep looking out for different companies who will let us have funding for core costs.

Christmas Market Place Monday 25th November 11.00am – We will be holding our annual Christmas Marketplace in place of the November meeting, HALDS will be having a tombola stall, if you could please let me have any items for HALDS tombola stall before the event, it would be appreciated. At the event we have invited stalls selling jewellery, scarves, make up, sweets, Coach House crafts from Halton Day services will be selling gifts and much more. I have also contacted Chestnut Lodge School to see if the children would like to come along and sing for us again.

Please feel free to invite friends to the Christmas Market Place, buffet lunch will be served for HALDS members and their guest at 11amish.

I am also looking for volunteers to man the tombola stall and sell raffle tickets.

Webb Ivory Catalogue – I have been giving out catalogues, please show round your family and friends, HALDS will receive 25% on all sales

Petition on web re: Government Policy on Disability Living allowance:Stop the change to indefinite claim. There is a petition on the web http://www.change.org/ Can you please sign it and also let other people know about this petition.

Free debt help on your doorstep – CAP (Christians again Poverty) can help you with any debts you may have, regardless of age, faith, gender or background. CAP visits people in their own homes, negotiates with creditors and supports people right up until they are debt free. On top of this, the whole service is free of charge and available to all. In the UK there are 233 CAP debt centres and two of these are in Halton, and is recommended by TVs money saving expert, Martin Lewis. To find out more call Christians against poverty freephone number 0800 328 0006 or visit http://www.capuk.org

HDAAC group – Halton Disability advice and appeals centre, Old Police Station, Runcorn – This group is now back up and running again and you can now start to go back to them for any advice on benefits etc.

Import Changes to how your doctors handle your personal data – Are you aware that your personal medical information that you share with your GP or other healthcare professional is about to be extracted and stored on a computer outside of the control of your practice where the practice will have no say on who has access to that information. Please contact your doctors if you need further details, as each practice will have their own way of dealing with this change.

Carers Strategy Meeting – I went along to the Strategy meeting last week and Halton Borough Council want to start consulting with carers of what they want, instead of someone sitting behind a computer making decisions in our local borough for us.
Therefore there is to be a focus group for 10—15 carers on November 18th at 11am at Vine Street, Widnes, where we will sit with Jenny James from HBC Customer Intelligence unit and develop a programme of activities where carers, working with health and social care professionals will shape the future of services in Halton. If you are interested in coming along to this meeting please let me know, at present we have 8 HALDS members who have put their names down.

Report from October Meeting

I am sorry but I was not at the October meeting, but hopefully you where all looked after by Bill and Liz. Many thanks for all members who mucked in to help at the meeting.

I would like to say a big thank you for the lovely flowers and card which was given to me from you all, it helped in my recovery a lot to know people care.

At the October meeting Liz Gladwin came along from Halton Borough Council to talk to us about your cared for and their housing.

Report from Halton Peoples Health Forum – Urgent Care Event

Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Halton Peoples Health Forum
‘Urgent Care Event’
http://www.haltonccg.nhs.uk
Tel 01928 593479

Over the past couple of months at the HALDS meeting we have been discussing changes to the drop in clinic in Widnes and the minor injuries in Halton. A lot of you have completed questionnaires about these changes which had to be in by end August, asking your views on the above services.

I attended an event on 20th August to discuss changes to the urgent care, the proposed model for future urgent care provision for Halton would be:

o Upgrade services in Widnes walk in Centre
o Create identical walk in centre in Runcorn
o Develop a Clinical Decision Unit at Halton Hospital
o Upgrade the intermediate care unit at Halton General Hospital

The facilities which will be in both new units will be:

o Doctor supervised service
o Minor Illness clinics
o Minor injury clinics
o Paediatric nurse specialist
o X-ray
o Ultrasound
o Redressing
o Blood tests

The Clinical Decision Unit is a specialised unit that doctors can send their patients to, for urgent investigations and the opinion of a senior doctor. The facilities at this unit would be:

Bloods
X-rays
Ultrasound
Doppler
ECG
Urgent clinics
Quick start warfarin clinic
Senior doctor opinion

What is Intermediate Care? – Care provided for patients who are not well enough to stay at home, but not ill enough to need an acute hospital bed

The opening times for the new units will be 7/8am to 11/12midnight – these are yet to be decided. There will also be pharmacies for your medication.

The ambulance services have a kite mark services, i.e. chest pains will be transferred direct to A & E as with also urgent medical cases.

These proposals will be coming into effect this winter, to stop queues at the hospital A & E departments.

I will keep you updated on these changes as they happen

Thanks,

Pam