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'Help at Hand' is a new personalised mobile care service from O2
Health that you connect to with a specially designed handset to get the
help you need, when you need it, 24hrs/7 days a week.
The service is available (with a 10% discount offer) through the Carers Trust website [here].
'Help at Hand' could be for you if you're getting older, have a long
term illness to manage or want the confidence to get out and about. The
service comes with a special handset (£99) and a subscription charge of
£20 per month. Some of the features offered are a Support Button allowing the user to contact a trained support team; a Fall Detector Sensor - alerts the centre if the user has a fall; a GPS Location Service - the user can be located easily and Safe Zone Settings - can be set to alert the centre if the user leaves a defined area.
Find out more about 'Help at Hand' at the Carers Trust website [here].
Mental Health Research Network North East is holding a meeting at York Hilton on Wednesday 19th June at 12.00 - 3.00pm.
The meeting will bring together service users, carers, academics and professionals to review the results of past Primary Care studies supported by MHRN North East. Registration is free, lunch and refreshments is provided and travel costs for service users and carers within the North East will be reimbursed. Download a leaflet about the meeting [here]
Healthwatch North Yorkshire is gathering speed and will begin to run local regular drop in sessions in local libraries throughout the county from the 3rd June 2013.
We are running these sessions to gather grass roots evidence from
local communities, local people, service users and patients regarding
their views, experiences, issues and evidence of good practice about
health and social care services in their area. This will then be fed
back to service providers and commissioners to help shape and influence
Sessions will be held at libraries throughout the Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby area. Download a Healthwatch date sheet [here].
The latest edition of 'Focus Carer', our information
packed newsletter for carers is available now! You can download Focus
Carer as a pdf
(see the link below) or call us on 01723 850155 for a paper copy. Focus Carer provides carers in the Ryedale, Scarborough and Whitby area with up-to-the-minute news, information and advice.
Go to the Young Adult Carers page [here] to find our June Events Calendar.
If you are a carer (aged 18-35) and haven't noticed Young Adult Carers, do get in touch - we offer all sorts of advice, support and a busy and varied programme of activities throughout the year.
Contact us on 01723 850155 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find our Events Calendar [here]
York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is offering carers in the Scarborough locality a one day workshop delivered by qualified and experienced staff. This will provide you with the training and support to help look after your loved ones in your own home.
The workshop will be on Thursday 27 June 2013, 10.45am - 3.00pm at Room S29, Scarborough Post Graduate Centre, Scarborough Hospital. To book a place contact Trish Gerard on 01723 342694
or email email@example.com - Download a leaflet pdf [here].
We have been successful in three funding applications recently and are happy to acknowledge assistance from The Woodroffe Benton Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Lloyds TSB. Their support is much appreciated and will help us to continue to support Carers in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.
The Carers’ Support Centre provides good value holidays for carers. If you look after someone who could not manage without your help, and the care that you provide is unpaid, you can book a carer's holiday.
The holidays are designed for carers and their families to have an affordable break. They are for carers, either alone or with the person they care for. Accommodation is offered in 2 and 3 bed caravans in Torbay and the Cotswolds with the 2 bed caravans offering accessible accommodation. Find out more [here]
A new online forum launched by Parliament is giving carers the opportunity to give feedback on what they think of plans to reform social care.
Following the publication of the draft Social Care Bill last year, the Government asked the public for their opinions on the reforms — and now a Parliamentary Committee is examining the draft Bill and wants to hear carers’ views before it makes recommendations to the Government.
If you are a carer, telling the Committee about the impact you think
the Bill would have on your own situation will inform its eventual
recommendations to the Government. Your views matter!
Find more about the consultation process (pdf) [here]
Visit the Draft Care and Support Bill forum [here]
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is the new welfare benefit that will eventually replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
If you already receive DLA you will be sent some general information in February. You don’t need to do anything at that stage.
From October, 2013 you may be asked to apply for PIP, rather than DLA if
There will be no new claims for DLA after June 2013. Any new claims
after June 2013 will be for PIP. If you are currently claiming DLA and
your support and care needs remain the same you will stay on DLA if you
are not in any of the above categories. The Department for Work and
Pensions who are responsible for processing benefits applications will
begin transferring people already on DLA onto PIP from October 2015,
starting with people over 65.
For more information, including the rates and claims process go to: https://www.gov.uk/pip/overview
Our carers befriending service, 'Side by Side', is now up and
running in Ryedale and Whitby. We’ve been working with SWR Mind to
develop this new service which is open to any carer that feels they
would benefit from support in times of stress.
So whether this is having someone to go for a coffee with each week or some moral support and motivation to go the local gym get in touch. We’ll match you up with a volunteer befriender and help you decide what you want from them and for how long.
We’re always on the lookout for new volunteers.
So if you are in Ryedale area and you can spare a hour or so to really make a difference to a carer’s life we’d like to hear from you. Carers need befrienders for all sorts of reasons – get in touch and we’ll find a way of using your unique skills and experience to support someone who would very much welcome your company.
In return you get comprehensive training through Mind’s Volunteer Training programme, expenses and support throughout and valuable experience in supporting individuals. Contact Avril at Scarborough Ryedale Carers Resource: 01723 850155, or Emily at SWR Mind for further information 0845 603 4723
Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource has an information
booklet available which describes the organisation and introduces
our services. The booklet is available in both paper or ebook formats
and can also be downloaded to your desktop from the online ebook.
Call us on 01723 850155 for a free copy of the booklet.
See the ebook version [here]