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Carers Leeds 6-8 The Headrow Leeds LS1 6PT 0113 246 8338 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.carersleeds.org.uk Company Registered No: 3242065 Charity No: 1058706 CARERS NEWS Sponsored by Direct Line Insurance August/September 2010 Editorial Summer seems to be flying by - and at least we’ve had some suitably seasonal weather! Do try and make a bit of time for YOU, even if you’re not able to take a holiday this year. We have, as usual, lots going on in and around the city to give you a couple of hours ‘me time.’ Our Support Workers are only at the other end of a telephone if you need to talk. If you are a working carer we can arrange a convenient time for a telephone conversation, or for you to come into Carers Leeds, outside your working hours. Jill Foalks News from Carers Leeds Val Hewison Staff and Trustees are delighted that Val Hewison is now the Manager of Carers Leeds. Carers’ Events In an effort to open up our events to more carers, Carers Leeds is making some changes to our booking procedures. We will still have a ‘booking day’ to ensure everyone has a fair chance of getting a place on any of our events (and to ensure we have lots of people in the office to answer the phones!). Carers will be limited to a maximum of 2 bookable events per edition of Carers News. This does not, however, include any bookings for the training sessions advertised in the centre pull-out section. Also, if you book a place and then can’t attend after all, please try to let us know. We almost always have a reserve list and can fill your place - even at short notice. Office Closures Please note that Carers Leeds will be closed on Monday 30th August for the Late Summer Bank Holiday and the following day, Tuesday 31st August, for staff training. We will also be closed on Thursday 30th September for staff training. Carers Week 2010 - We had a very successful Carers Week in June and a significant number of ‘new’ carers became aware of Carers Leeds. Thanks to everyone who helped us. Our street collection on the Thursday raised £280 and Skipton Charitable Trust kindly donated £1,200; that enabled us to put on so many events during the week; we are very grateful for their support. Events for Carers in August & September Bookings taken from Tuesday 3rd August: tel. 0113 246 8338 All events are free of charge but donations are sometimes requested. Carers can reserve places on 2 bookable events per newsletter Extend gentle exercise – 4 sessions Tuesdays 10th & 24th August and 7th & 21st September at Carers Leeds from 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm Extend is an enjoyable and light-hearted gentle exercise class to music. Need to book: tel. 0113 246 8338 from 3rd August Please note: the 4 sessions only count as 1 bookable event. Carers Leeds Bowling Challenge Join ‘Team Val’ and ‘Team Angie’ for an evening of bowling and fun on Monday 13th September. Meet at Leeds Ten Pin Bowling Centre, 13 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 at 6.15 pm. May the best team win - there’ll be a prize for the winning team! Need to book: tel. 0113 246 8338 from 3rd August Male Carers’ trip to Masham Tuesday 31st August Meet at Carers Leeds at 10.15 am. Minibus to Masham. Tour of the Black Sheep brewery and a late lunch afterwards. Return to Leeds for about 5.00 pm. All male carers welcome. A voluntary donation of £3 per carer would be welcome. Need to book: tel. 0113 246 8338 from 3rd August Guided tour of York Gate Gardens Meet at Carers Leeds on Tuesday 7th September at 10.15 am to go by minibus to Adel. Return to Carers Leeds for 1.00 pm. York Gate is ‘a one acre garden of immense style and craftsmanship’ with lots to enjoy. A voluntary donation of £3 per carer would be welcome. Need to book: tel. 0113 246 8338 from 3rd August Wellbeing Days Mondays 9th & 23rd August and Monday 27th September at Carers Leeds. Choose from aromatherapy massage, Indian head massage, foot massage with pressure points, relaxation or face and neck massage with pressure points. Individual appointments, lasting 40 minutes, are available between 10.00 am and 2.10 pm. A voluntary donation of £3 per carer would be welcome. Need to book: tel. 0113 246 8338 from 3rd August Please note: Each carer may have a maximum of two therapy sessions between April 2010 and March 2011. Carers’ Cafés All carers are welcome to drop in to Carers Leeds on Thursday 12th August and Thursday 9th September between 11.00 am and 12.00 pm and enjoy a cuppa and some cake or fruit, whilst chatting with other carers. Morley Carers We meet in the Community Room at Morley Fire Station, Corporation Street, 10.00 am to 12 noon. On Tuesday 17th August there’s a chance to ask about disability and carers’ benefits. On Tuesday 21st September meet at the Fire Station as usual. Optional stroll around Scatcherd Park. Light refreshments served. More details from Jill at Carers Leeds: tel. 0113 380 4306. In exceptional circumstances Carers Leeds may be able to contribute towards transport and/or replacement care costs to enable carers to attend events. Carers’ Support Groups For more details about all of the groups on this page, please call Angie at Carers Leeds on 0113 380 4301. Many carers tell us they find it helpful to attend a support group to chat, share experiences and support each other over a cuppa. Why not try one of these groups yourself? Aspergers Carers Support Group Leeds Mind, Grove Villa, 82 Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 3BJ Last Thursday of each month: 26th August & 30th September, 10.30 am - 12 noon West Wedge Carers Support Group Neighbourhood Action, Hillside Hall, Cross Lane, Farnley, Leeds LS12 5AA 3rd Friday of each month: 20th August & 17th September, 12.30 pm - 2.00 pm Communication Café Crossgates & District Good Neighbours, Station Road, Crossgates, Leeds LS15 7JY 2nd Monday of each month: 9th August & 13th September, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm This group is for carers of people recovering from a stroke who have communication problems. The cared-for person is very welcome to come along too. Crossgates Carers Support Group Crossgates & District Good Neighbours, Station Road, Crossgates, Leeds LS15 7JY 1st Wednesday of each month: 4th August & 1st September, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Horsforth Carers Support Group The Grove Methodist Church, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4RJ 1st Tuesday of each month: 3rd August & 7th September, 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm PACES Parent Carers Express Support Group Nesfield Family Resource Centre, Nesfield View, Belle Isle, Leeds LS10 3LA 2nd Tuesday of each month: 10th August is for pre- booked members only but all welcome on 14th September, 12 noon - 1.30 pm Otley Parent Carers Support Group Otley Courthouse (Robing Room), Courthouse Street, Otley LS21 3AN 3rd Monday of each month: 16th August & 20th September, 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm Mental Health Carers Support Group Carers Leeds, 6-8 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PT 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm 2nd Thursday of each month: the meeting on 12th August is a social event, rather than the support group, but all carers of someone with a mental health condition are welcome. On 9th September we’re holding the support group meeting as normal. Wheatfields Carers Support Group Wheatfields Hospice, Grove Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2AE 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month: 11th & 25th August & 8th & 22nd September, 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm Wetherby Carers Wetherby Town Hall (Micklethwaite Room), Wetherby LS22 6NE 3rd Thursday of each month: 19th August & 16th September, 10.00 am - 12 noon Substance Misuse Carers Support Group Carers Leeds, 6-8 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PT Last Tuesday of each month: 31st August & 28th September, 12 noon - 1.30 pm Assertiveness and Boundaries Saturday 18th September at Carers Leeds Family members and carers affected by someone’s drug and alcohol use are invited to join Eddie Concannon for this workshop looking at ways of communicating openly, honestly and directly with a loved one who is using drugs or alcohol. We’ll have a light lunch at 11.45 am and the session will run from 12 noon until 3.00 pm. Need to book for catering purposes: tel. 0113 246 8338 from 3rd August Charity Stall On the morning of Friday 20th August in Otley Market in aid of Carers Leeds. Books, videos, DVDs, home made cakes and marmalade, Tombola. Please support this if you possibly can. Our thanks to the Leeds Branch of the Association of Secretaries for organising the stall and for supporting Carers Leeds. Carers Leeds Annual General Meeting - a date for your diary. Our AGM will take place on Thursday 11th November. The Guest Speaker will be Carole Cochrane, Chief Executive of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. Full details next time. Local & national news Free study places for carers aged between 16 and 25 The National Extension College (NEC), with support from Equitable Charitable Trust and Henry Smith Foundation, is offering free study places for carers in Leeds aged between 16 and 25. NEC is a major provider of home study courses in a wide range of subject areas including Getting Started, GCSEs, A Levels, Childcare, Book keeping, Counselling and Creativity. Young adult carers accepted on one of their courses need not worry about attending school or college on a regular basis as they can work from home at convenient times, with flexible deadlines for assignment submission. On-course support is provided by experienced tutors who give feedback on assignments with contact by telephone, post and e-mail. This funding opportunity enables young adult carers to: improve their general study skills fill in a gap in a GCSE or A Level portfolio study a subject they haven’t previously had time for take a course with a view to future employment try something completely different! All course materials and tutor support are free, the only additional costs would be for things like stationery and exam fees. If you know any young carers who might be interested in this opportunity please call 01223 400386 or e-mail email@example.com Holiday Grants from the Alzheimer’s Society Did you know that the Leeds branch of the Alzheimer’s Society can give a Holiday Grant of £100 to assist carers of people with dementia to go on holiday? If the person with dementia and the carer go on holiday together, the Society can give £100 each. For more information please call 0113 231 1727 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Opportunities for carers to get involved Help to stamp out stigma ‘Stamp out Stigma’ is a campaign that Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust is rolling out in Leeds to reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental health. Mental health is one of the nation’s last lingering taboos. This campaign has been brought about to encourage members of the public to sign up as a member of the Trust and to encourage understanding around mental health. At some point in our lives one in four of us will suffer from a mental health related illness. This campaign attempts to break down barriers and actively supports understanding. If you would like to find out how you can get involved in the ‘Stamp out Stigma’ campaign today call the membership office on 0113 305 5900 or visit www.leedspft.nhs.uk More local & national news Intuitive Coloured Overlays The word Dyslexia originates from Greek words, meaning ‘poor or inadequate words’. Some children and adults experience difficulty when looking at text for varied periods of time, which include blurring, discomfort, visual distortions and headaches. If it isn’t possible to relieve these symptoms with spectacles or exercises, or the person’s eyesight is perfect, then it is an option to try using coloured overlays. The distortion and symptoms can often be reduced or eliminated by reading through a sheet of coloured plastic. The assessment finds the most appropriate colour, which varies for each person, and a decision is then made as to whether the use of a coloured overlay will be useful in helping the person read more comfortably for longer. Daniel Hayton Opticians in Headingley can provide this specialised assessment for the overlays for a fee of £30, as unfortunately these tests are not covered by the NHS. The coloured overlays, size A4, can be purchased as required for £7. For further information please contact the practice, which also offers carers a 10% discount on all frames and lenses, on 0113 278 4872 or ask your own optician. This is Me’ Carers often say that they have difficulty conveying information about the person they care for to the professionals in hospitals, respite care or residential care. Will they remember that Mum needs her hearing aid or that Dad has dementia, but still likes to talk about the army? Will somebody put on Mum’s music for her, or talk to her about her grandchildren? The Royal College of Nursing and the Alzheimers Society have produced a booklet called ‘This is me’ which you can fill in and take into hospital or a care home with the person you care for. The format is attractive, easy to read, and has a space for the person’s photograph. The booklet gives important information about the person’s needs, interests and preferences. This booklet will be very useful to many carers, not just carers of people with dementia. For a copy call 0845 300 0336 or download it from www.alzheimers.org.uk New website for families and friends of people with psychosis A new website giving information, advice and support to relatives and friends of people with psychosis has been launched. The site explains mental health terms, provides information about medication and possible side effects, describes other treatments and sets out how mental health services work. It also has links to other key websites. For more information please see www.mentalhealthcare.org.uk Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) LPA is a legal document that lets you appoint someone you trust as an ‘attorney’ to make decisions on your behalf. This document can be drawn up at any time while you have capacity (are still mentally capable). You must register your LPA with the Office of the Public Guardian if your document is to have a legal standing. A registered LPA can be used at any time, whether you have the mental ability to act for yourself or not. You can create two types of LPA: A Property and Affairs LPA allows you to choose someone to make decisions about how to spend your money. This can include decisions on the way your property and affairs are managed. A Personal Welfare LPA allows you to choose someone to make decisions about your healthcare and welfare. This includes decisions to refuse or consent to treatment on your behalf and deciding where you live. These decisions can only be taken on your behalf when the LPA is registered. When appointing LPA you should consider points such as how well the person looks after their own financial affairs; how well you know the person; whether you can trust them to use your money to meet your needs and make decisions in your interests and how happy they will be to take on the role. It may be a good idea to appoint more than one person, to help prevent abuse of the responsibility. You can use a solicitor to set up an LPA or the online form on the Office of the Public Guardian website. Before you appoint someone to be your LPA you need to make sure they have been told about it. This process of being told is called ‘receiving notification’. Depending on how complicated your property and financial affairs are, you may need to get advice from a solicitor before making an LPA. To register your LPA either you or your attorney can apply to the Public Guardian. The application can be made at any time after you have made an LPA. The Public Guardian will give notice that the application has been received to both you as the donor and to the attorney or attorneys. Your relatives will not be notified of the application to register the LPA unless you have named them as someone who should be given notice. Anyone who has been notified can object to the LPA being registered. Once the LPA is registered it continues indefinitely. The LPA can be registered by the attorney after you have lost capacity. Deputies, If a person has no LPA in place, the Court of Protection may appoint a deputy to make ongoing decisions on behalf of a person lacking capacity. The Deputy Order will set out the extent of the powers granted to the deputy, which might relate to finances or personal welfare. An application to be appointed as deputy must be made to the Court of Protection in the first instance on the prescribed application form. More information including booklets and forms can be obtained from the Office of the Public Guardian: telephone 0300 456 0300 or look at www.publicguardian.gov.uk Editor’s note: Carers Leeds advises you to read the information booklets and forms carefully, and possibly to take legal advice, to be sure you understand the process before proceeding. Help for family members and friends affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use Carers Leeds has been working in partnership with Safer Leeds to support family members and friends affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. There is a monthly support group held at Carers Leeds. All our support workers have recently attended training and information sharing sessions with other organisations in Leeds who support family members. Safer Leeds has produced a free leaflet with details of all these organisations and we have copies at Carers Leeds for you to pick up, or we can post one to you: call 0113 246 8338 to request your copy. Details of the local and national organisations included are also given below. Safer Leeds Treatment and Recovery Service: As part of their work with drug users, Safer Leeds Treatment and Recovery Service provides information and advice to family members and carers, whether their loved one is in treatment or not. This can be accessed by phone or by dropping in to any of the following services: Criminal Justice Services - Mabgate Mills, Leeds LS1 7DZ - 0113 245 6464 Leeds Harm Reduction Services - 0113 255 2227 or 0113 242 1161 Community Treatment Services: West/North West CDTS - The Manor House, 259 Upper Town Street, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3JT 0113 220 9788 City & South CDTS - St Anne’s Resource Centre, 2nd Floor, 66 York Street, Leeds LS9 8AA 0113 236 6610 East & Northeast CDTS - Deacon House, 1 Seacroft Avenue LS14 6JD 0113 306 0700 Leeds Addiction Unit - 19 Springfield Mount, Leeds LS2 9NG 0113 295 1300 No Fixed Abode Healthcare Team - 68 York Street, Leeds LS9 8AA 0113 295 4840 Community Rehabilitation and Reintegration service: Structured day programme - Marquis House, 33 Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7RD 0113 245 6616 Aftercare - 18 East Parade, Leeds LS1 2BH 0113 247 0111 Multiple Choice runs a Well Being Centre to which carers and family members affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use can refer themselves. The centre provides a range of alternative therapies at a low cost. Call 0113 245 6616 for more information. Al Anon has several regular groups in Leeds for family members and close friends affected by someone else’s drinking. For more details of local groups, or for telephone support, call the confidential Helpline on 020 7403 0888 seven days a week from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm or visit www.al-anon.org.uk Talk to Frank is a national helpline and website on drugs. It is aimed primarily at young people but also their parents. The helpline is open 24 hours every day of the year; call 0800 77 66 00 or visit www.talktofrank.com Adfam has a website www.adfam.org.uk that has useful information on how to recognise whether someone is using drugs or alcohol. Leeds Primary Care Mental Health Service Many family members of people using drugs and alcohol experience emotional problems, depression, anxiety and stress. The Service offers help and talking treatments. There is one practitioner in each GP practice. Your GP practice can give you more details. Person to Person is a drop-in Listening Service for anyone who is worried or distressed and wishes to speak to someone in confidence. It’s at the Oxford Place Centre, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX and is open from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm Mondays to Fridays (except on Bank Holidays and for the month of August). The Age Concern LifeBook Carers often worry about what will happen to a loved one if they are unable to carry on caring. They carry in their heads all the vital information needed for their daily support. The LifeBook enables you to organise your affairs by recording useful contacts and the location of important documents. Request a free printed copy of a LifeBook by calling 0845 685 1061 (please quote ref. ALL 721) or visit www.ageconcern.org.uk/lifebook Play sessions Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield are running play sessions for children of any age with special needs on the first Thursday of every month from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm. The cost is £5 per child, which includes games, play session and hot food. For more information call Cheeky Monkeys on 01924 373710. Livability Holidays Livability runs hotels in Llandudno, North Wales and Minehead in Somerset. Their fully accessible rooms come with en-suite showers, overhead hoists and electric adjustable beds. Livability Holidays also provides self-catering accommodation in a variety of locations. You can stay in large or small properties in a variety of settings - from seaside to countryside, holiday park to private residences. There are holiday park chalets in Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Poole, bungalows in Ambleside, Bracklesham Bay, Clacton on Sea and Selsey Bill and apartments in Norfolk and St Marychurch, Torbay. They also have large houses in Felpham, Bognor Regis, Weston Super Mare and Weymouth that can accommodate large families or small groups. For more information, or to request a free brochure, call 08456 584 478 or visit www.livability.org.uk Lav Nav This is the title of a new leaflet produced by NHS Leeds showing the location of public toilets with disabled access in Leeds City Centre. It also gives information on the Leeds Community Urology and Colorectal Service (0113 305 5138), which offers help to anyone who experiences a bladder or bowel problem. Why not pick up a copy of the leaflet from Carers Leeds next time you’re in town? For more self-help information go to www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org Forbes Rentals This company offers special concessions for people over 60. You can rent brand new washers, dryers, fridge freezers, TVs and recorders as well as mobility scooters for a modest weekly payment and have no worries about call out charges or expensive repair bills. For more information call 0800 085 1875 or visit www.forbes-rentals.co.uk The Back Page is kindly sponsored by Wm Dodgson & Son, Funeral Services: 0113 249 8849 If you can help us cut costs and receive your Carers News via e-mail, please e-mail your name, e-mail and postal addresses and your telephone number to: email@example.com Carers News is also available in large print and on audio tape: please contact Merlo Michell at Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338 to request your copy. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information in Carers News is correct, Carers Leeds cannot accept liability for errors and omissions, nor can we recommend services or products.
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