We are delighted that former Bath and England rugby union player Gareth Chilcott has become our first patron. Until 2015, he cared for his wife, who suffered with a brain tumour.
Winter can be a difficult time. When your time is already stretched, the shorter, darker days can make it to feel impossible to do something for yourself. But, it’s important to do things to take care of yourself. Whether you have 15 minutes or a few hours to spare, we’ve put together some ideas that might help you take a break.
Bookings for the next Carers Rights Day 2019 have now closed.
Are you able to offer emotional support and companionship to an unpaid carer? Many carers are isolated and find talking to someone who understands can really help. You’d provide regular phone, email or Skype contact with a carer (30 mins every 2/4 weeks) to support them in their caring role.
Come along to three new social groups at Active Lifestyle Centres in Yate, Thornbury and Kingswood, especially for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends.
Bristol is being inspected by OFSTED next week on how it delivers services for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) and this is a chance for parent carers to have their voice heard.
Many carers are isolated and find talking to someone who understands can really help. You’d provide regular phone, email or Skype contact with a carer (30 mins every 2/4 weeks) to support them in their caring role.
Come and join us for a tour of Blaise Castle Estate at 2pm, Wednesday 30th October which will take about half an hour, followed by a cuppa and sweet treat in the café!
For carers, it can be hard to make ends meet and this sometimes leads to problems with debt. If you need help with money matters there are various organisations that offer free debt and money advice.
If you are caring for someone with a “hidden disability”, such as a learning disability, autism or a mental health condition, you may now be entitled to a Blue Badge. A Blue Badge allows you to park in some places other people can’t and sometimes get free or discounted parking.
South Gloucestershire Council are consulting on a proposal to publish a list of all licensed taxis. The idea is to provide users of the licensed taxi and private hire service in South Gloucestershire with as much information as they can to enable an informed decision on how best to travel.
Join the NHS Cancer Patient and Public Voices Forum, and help put people and communities at the heart of the NHS Cancer Programme.
With the autumn season upon us, it’s time to think about protecting yourself from flu.
Over time your caring role will change and may come to an end, sometimes because the person you care for dies. Whatever the circumstances this can leave a big gap in your life and bring very mixed emotions, and you may wonder what you need to do next, both in the short and long term.
If you live in South Gloucestershire you can now access One You on the South Gloucestershire Council website. This will help you get information around a wide range of health issues and checking your general health, as well as FREE one-to-one support from a trained practitioner.
If you are a carer living in the greater Fishponds area and want to make a difference to other carers using local facilities, joining Considerate Friends could be for you!
Be prepared for the future – learn to understand dementia as it progresses and how to seek support.