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									Carers Leeds
6-8 The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 6PT
0113 246 8338
E-mail: info@carersleeds.org.uk
Website: www.carersleeds.org.uk
Company Registered No: 3242065
Charity No: 1058706


                 CARERS
                  NEWS
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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
priscilla.barlow@nec.ac.uk

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: leeds@alzheimers.org.uk

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


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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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