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Support over the Christmas period
Forward Carers
 
Christmas Edition 2019 
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Dear <<First Name>>

 



We hope you managed to get to a Carers Rights event last month, there was a hive of activity all week, thank you to all of you who were able to pop along.

On Monday 18 November, the new TouchBase Carers Hub in Selly Oak was officially opened by Karen Cheney from Neighbourhood Network Scheme (NNS) Selly Oak who has generously funded this space for Carers. This new hub will provide a place for pre-booked appointments for Carer’s Assessments as well as a Carer drop-in on Fridays from 9.30am - 12.30pm where an adviser will be on hand to answer any queries you may have.

For those of you living in the north of the city, a new carer drop-in space was also launched on Wednesday 20 November at the Communitea Café located on 76-78 Boldmere Road, Boldmere B73 5TJ. For more information about pre-booked appointments and Carer drop-ins, click here for times and places.  

On the morning of Thursday 21 November, our partner Midland Mencap, in collaboration with the MAC, launched ‘Hidden Voices’, a music-inspired programme for women of all ages with caring responsibilities and in the afternoon; the Birmingham Carers Hub event was buzzing with our partners and Carers.

To celebrate Carers Rights day we started to issue our new Carers Card, this is a recognition and discount card.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to find out when the Carers Card will become widely available. Finally, on Friday, the week ended with an event hosted by Carers United.

Thank you for all of your support this year, for the invaluable work that you do, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year!

From everyone from Forward Carers and the Birmingham Carers Hub
 

As a carer, you may find your caring responsibilities leave you little time for developing relationships with friends and family which can leave you feeling isolated, especially over holiday periods. If you do need support over the festive period, here is a list of our opening times.



Please note that this is just the Birmingham Hub Team opening times and our partners will be operational at different times to offer support to carers. Our partner, Midland Mencap has provided us their Enterprise Hub timetable and their Community timetable for over the holidays.

For Carers registered with our 24-hour Carers Emergency Response Service (CERS), it will be operational over the Christmas period (including Christmas day) so you can have peace of mind that your loved one will be looked after in their home, should an emergency arise.

Outside of the above times, you can call The Silver Line team on: 0800 4 70 80 90. The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  For mental health issues, call the Birmingham Mind Helpline on 0121 262 3555.
 
If you or the person that you’re caring for is feeling unwell and need a telephone health assessment, dial 111 to access The NHS 111 service. To be on the safe side, make sure the person you are caring for has had a flu jab (if they are over the age of 65, pregnant women, or children and adults with long term health conditions). If you are a carer, it’s important that you stay well too, so make sure you get your flu jab as they are FREE for Carers.

Don’t forget to check our events and groups section on our website to see what’s on over the coming weeks so you can meet up with other carers but please phone first to ensure that the event or session is taking place.
 
 
What's on and what's coming up
 
Wellbeing Christmas Choir
Singing can be therapeutic and has been proven to have positive benefits for those with Dementia and mental health conditions.

Join the Quinborne Choir on Friday 20 December at 1.00pm for an hour to join in with some classic Christmas songs at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. For those unable to take part in the singing, simple instruments will be provided.

There’s no need to book, just pop along to this free event. More information can be found here.

 
Families Together at Christmas
Get your best Christmas jumper on and get yourself down to The Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH) in Birmingham on Sunday 22 December. Celebrate Christmas with the Halas Homes Sing and Sign Choir, Dance Unity, Heavy Beat Brass Band, Birmingham Community Gospel Choir and THSH Chaplain, Elaine Hutchinson!

THSH work with our partner Midland Mencap who understand the amount of effort and work that goes into caring for someone, so this fun filled time provides a brief moment of respite for carers in this welcoming and inclusive environment. Find out more here.

 
 
 
Autism Friendly Christmas Films
If you would like to get into the Christmas spirit, go and see films like Frozen 2, Abominable and Bing’s Christmas. In partnership with the charity, Dimensions; Cineworld, ODEON, Vue and Showcase Cinemas, offer autism-friendly film screenings.
This relaxed environment gives people with autism and people with learning disabilities the chance to attend a film with their friends and family in a more inclusive environment. If you’re a carer but don’t have a CEA Card, you may be asked to show some form of ID, such as a workers card or ID badge. Find out more here.
Free Tablet Training
Are you considering buying a tablet for Christmas and would like to learn how to use it? Maybe you bought a parent or friend one and it’s still in its box?
Then our 10 week tablet course is for you! The course starts on Tuesday 14 January 2020 1.30 – 3.00pm and will finish on 17 March 2020. You can book yourself on here.
 
 
Freedom to Fly 
Freedom to Fly is a support group for parent carers of young adults with a disability or additional need.
This new group aims to meet the emotional and practical support needs of Birmingham parent carers of young adults aged 18 to 25, who have a disability or additional need. The first meeting will be on Wednesday 15 January 2020 in Selly Oak. Find out more here.
NEW Making Spaces for Carers group
If you’re caring for a family member or friend and would like a chat with other carers, pop along to our informal friendly group.
Call in for a cuppa on the second Monday of each month 10.30am – 12 noon at the TouchBase Carers Hub in Selly Oak. The first session is at 10.30am on Monday 13 January 2020.

 
 
 
Share your Unsung Hero story
The Unsung Heroes campaign, led by Forward Carers, is into its second year to raise awareness and celebrate the role of family carers across Birmingham. The campaign is part of Ageing Better in Birmingham and funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

Unsung Heroes aims to emphasise and amplify the role of the carer and illustrate that their experiences of caring and social isolation are as diverse as their personal circumstances. Neil shares his story with us this month which you can read here.

To share your story such as the reality of being a Carer and the benefits and challenges that this has had on your life, complete the form on our website here.
 
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Supporting Someone with Dementia over the Christmas Period
 
For most of us Christmas is a joyful experience where we can spend time with family and friends but for someone with dementia it can be a confusing time as usual routines are often disrupted.
Christmas period can feel overwhelming for someone with dementia, so it's best not to overdo it and keep activities as low key as possible. The Alzheimer’s Society recommends keeping to a familiar routine such as having meals at regular times and in recognisable surroundings, to help limit any potential confusion. To find out about other ways to support your loved one, please click here.
 
 
 
 

Don't forget to check our latest online calendar for more FREE training, support groups, social events & wellbeing activities  


Forward Carers operates the Birmingham Carers Hub and is a partnership of not-for-profits who have come together to improve the lives of carers.

                                          
 
 
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