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Manchester Carers Forum E-Bulletin

 In this Issue:
  • MCF Support Group dates, times and guest speakers
  • What's on in August
  • Carers News 
  • LGBT Carers

North Manchester Carers Support Group
Venue -Cheetham Hill Medical Centre, Cheetham Hill Road M8 8UP
Date - 5th September
Time - 10.30am - 12.30pm
Guest Speaker - Gyln Meacher - Carers training sessions

Forum Meeting
Venue -Cheetham Hill Medical Centre, Cheetham Hill Road M8 8UP
Date - 3rd September
Time - 12pm - 2pm
Guest Speaker - Gyln Meacher - Carers training sessions

South Manchester Carers Support Group
Venue - Crossacres Community Resource Centre, 1 Peel Hall Rd, Wythenhawe, M22 5DG
Date - 5th September
Time - 12.00pm - 14.00pm
Guest Speaker -Josie Sensier from the Self Help Serives

Hulme Carers Support Group
Venue -  Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme M15 5ZA 
Date - 20th August
Time - 11.00am - 13.00pm
Guest Speaker - Drugs and Alcohol Issues - HANDS network to share experiences of caring.

East Manchester Carers Support Group
Venue -  Openshaw Day Center, 10 Catherine Street, Openshaw, M11 1WF.
Date - 22nd August
Time - 12pm -2pm
Guest Speaker - Financial Assessments with Daniel Keen

Carer Passport schemes

Are you a carer trying to balance caring with work? You can use these resources to work with your employer to set up a carers passport scheme in your workplace.

Click here to find out more

Young carers face loneliness and isolation in summer holidays

Nearly three-quarters of the 700,000 under-18s who look after family members feel isolated in summer, charities report.
"Hundreds of thousands of children who help to care for a family member are suffering from loneliness because vital support services are not provided during school holidays."

"The findings come from research by two charities, Action for Children and Carers Trust, which found 72% of the estimated 700,000 part-time carers under the age of 18 report feeling lonely, while one in five say they've never been on a summer holiday with their family."

Click on the link to read the full article

Carers UK comments on Government's response to Committee recommendations on supporting carers

Commenting on the publication of the Government’s response to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Report on Support for Carers, Chloe Wright, Head of Policy at Carers UK said:

“The Committee’s report published in May set out a series of achievable and welcome recommendations which would help the Government take forward its own objectives of improving support for carers. It is therefore disappointing to see the lack of ambition in the Government’s response to the Committee’s report.

Carers UK was pleased to support the Committee’s work, providing a wealth of evidence from carers of the financial and employment impacts of caring commitments and of the challenges carers face in finding out about their rights and entitlements. Yet, carers will see very little in the Government response that will improve their financial situation and help them stay in touch with the labour market. Even modest recommendations such as the alignment of the Carer’s Allowance earnings threshold with 16 hours at National Living Wage are dismissed in today’s response.

Click the link to read the full statement

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