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Carers Week 2019 (10th to 16th June 2019)

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The national theme for this Carers Week is getting carers connected in their communities. This includes connecting them to advice and information, services, friends and family, peer support and technology. There are always lots of things going on locally that can help carers to connect, we have put together a list of some of these activities and groups.

Monday 10th June 2019

Windsor Carers Support Group meets at Dedworth Green Baptist Church, 10.30am - 12.30pm.

Alzheimer’s Society - Singing for the Brain meets at Langley Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Bracknell, RG12 1HD. 10.30am to 12 noon. Contact Sue Hamblin on 0118 959 6482.

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support – Connection Café meets at the High Street Methodist Church, King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1EF. 10am to 12pm.

 

Tuesday 11th June 2019

SIGNAL mobile office drop in – 12pm to 4pm, SIGNAL will be at Sunningdale Parish Council Car Park to answer any questions you may have. The Pavillion, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale, SL5 0QS.

Ascot / Sunningdale Carers Support Group meets at Recreation Hall, The Pavillion, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale, SL5 0QS. 2.00pm to 3.30pm.

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support Singing for Pleasure – Windsor. This is a social get together for people with dementia accompanied by their carers. 1pm to 2.30pm, please call for more information 07516 165647.

New Hope Family and Friends Support Group Do you have a family member or friend currently struggling with addication? At Unit 16-17 Market Street, Bracknell RG12 1JG, 6.30pm - 7.30pm Contact: 01344 312360.

 

Wednesday 12th June 2019

The Autism Group – Free Autism Training – Adolescence, suitable for parents and carers of young people aged ten upwards at the Bracknell Open Learning Centre 10am to 12 noon. To book please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Becky on 07943 551437.

Alzheimer’s Society - Singing for the Brain meets at The Salvation Army, East Road, Maidenhead. SL6 1PJ. Please contact Annabell on 01628 626331.

Coffee and Chat Event (Dementia Carers) at Forget Me Knot Shop, 9 Wildridings Square, Bracknell, RG12 7SJ. 10am to 12pm. If you have any questions, please call Karen White on 01344 823220.

Bracknell Forest Carers Support Group Coffee Morning, 10am to 12noon, The Look In Cafe, Great Hollands Square, Bracknell, RG12 8UX. Contact 07972 609621.

 

Thursday 13th June 2019

Tangled Tales, people working with all types of textile crafts – 10.30 to 12.30 at The Space, 20-21 Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JG. Free for Carers and if it’s your first time free as a taster session for the person you care for. 01344 266899.

RENDEZVOUS at Elizabeth House, A meeting place for people with dementia and their carers, 3pm - 5pm, Elizabeth House, Station Road, Cookham, Maidenhead, SL6 9BS. Contact 07709 524 384.

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support – Connection Café meets at the High Street Methodist Church, King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1EF. 10am to 12pm.

Wokingham Bracknell and Districts Mencap - Will & Trusts, Lasting Power of Attorney, Court of Protection and Deputyships – Workshop for Carers of people with a learning disability or autism at The Bradbury Centre, Rose Street, Wokingham, RG40 1XS, 7.30pm to 9.30pm (£5 charge for non-members). Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 777 8539 to book.

 

Friday 14th June 2019

Coffee for Carers Past and Present meets at Crowthorne Library 10am to 11.30am.

Konnections Mums - A support group run by mothers for mothers of children with special needs or disabilities. 10.30am to 12noon, K2 Lounge, Kerith Community Church, K2 Building, Bracknell, RG12 1EH. 01344 828802 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia/Memory Café meets at Coopers Hill Community Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 7QS. 10.30am to 12pm. Contact Sue on 0118 959 6482.

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support Singing for Pleasure – Ascot. This is a social get together for people with dementia accompanied by their carers. 10.30am to 12.00 noon, please call for more information 07516 165647.

New Hope Family and Friends Support Group Do you have a family member or friend currently struggling with addication? At Unit 16-17 Market Street, Bracknell RG12 1JG, 12.30pm - 1.30pm Contact: 01344 312360.

 

Saturday 15th June 2019

Bracknell Community Day 2019, A fun-filled day for all the family, with charity & food stalls, songs, dancing & music! Come visit Signal and all the other stalls at Bond Square, near the steps outside M&S, with stalls in the open space near Waitrose (Lexicon Bracknell). From 11am to 4pm.

Windsor Mencap Grand Opening of the Hub, 15 June 2019 - 13:00 to 17:00 at Castle View Retirement Village, Helston Lane, Windsor SL4 5GG. Includes BBQ cream teas, Crafts, face painting, games, tombola and so much more….

 

For more activities and advice visit the public health portals at:
Bracknell Forest - http://health.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/
Windsor and Maidenhead - https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/publichealth/

If you would like more information about any of these events and a phone number has not been provided, please give us a call on 01344 266 088 or 01628 947 974.

Online forums or 'virtual' support groups can also help you meet other carers and share and learn from each other's experiences. Just remember to stay safe online.
Carers UK Forum https://www.carersuk.org/forum

 

Phone line launched to help “hidden” carers across Berkshire

East Berkshire and Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), together with Signal4Carers, are pleased to launch a Berkshire wide Freephone number on the 3rd June, to support those who maybe looking after someone.

Many people who carry out caring responsibilities do not recognise themselves as carers, but may benefit from some support and could be unaware of the help available to them. Many may feel that they are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as a friend or family member.

Safeguarding adult reviews across Berkshire, have identified a need for more proactive awareness to support those people who maybe looking after someone. These people are often unregistered carers, and may not be aware of what support is available to aid them in their role. If you are looking after someone, from the 3rd June you can call the Freephone number on 0800 1337851 where you will be offered support and information.

Debbie Hartrick, Associate Director for Safeguarding, East Berkshire CCG and Kathy Kelly, Designated Head of Safeguarding Adults, Berkshire West CCG said:

"We are delighted to be part of this campaign. It is so important that people who are looking after a family member, friend or anyone in a caring role, know how to seek support when they need it."

They added "We are hoping this campaign will raise awareness across our communities and would like to thank our local partnerships, including the Safeguarding Adult Board Partners and NHS England; the support and enthusiasm helped us get this project from an idea to concrete action!"

Mark Sanders Signal4Carers said:

"Signal4Carers is pleased to have the opportunity to host the pilot Freephone number to try and find carers who may need a small amount of support or advice when caring for a relative or friend in the community. It is important for them to feel supported, as caring for someone can be a stressful time for the family"

The Freephone number to call is 0800 1337851 from 10am until 4pm Monday to Friday (message facility for evenings and weekends).

Coffee and Chat Event

Date: 12 Jun 2019 - 10:00 to 12:00
Location: Forget Me Knot Community Space, Shop 9 Wildridings Square, Bracknell, RG12 7SJ

To celebrate Carers Week, Signal for Carers and Bracknell Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults/Memory Clinic would like to invite all carers of people with dementia to a coffee and chat event.

Would you like to... find out what support there is for carers? Get information on benefits? Find out more about dementia, chat with others in a similar situation? Ask questions?

Come along for free coffee/tea and biscuits in a relaxed environment.

No need to book just turn up.

For more information please call Karen White on 01344 823220.

Event Poster

Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank Officials Alert

What you need to know

Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official.

The suspect will say either:

  • There has been fraudulent activity at the victim's bank and the staff at the bank are involved, the victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation
  • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victim's assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police
  • The victim's card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect, the victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police
  • Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of '161' to receive confirmation of the individual's bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud
  • A courier attends the victim's home address to collect the goods the same day, often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication

What you need to do

Your bank or the police will never:

  • Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password
  • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping
  • Ask you to transfer money out of your account
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books

Bracknell Forest Community Network

The Bracknell Forest Community Network (BFCN) was formed in 2017 and sits across both Bracknell Forest Community Mental Health Teams (Adults and Older Adults) providing local secondary mental health step-down and day provision. The Network supports individuals and carers living with a variety of conditions including psychosis, personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, dementia, anxiety and depression.

Based on the Lambeth Collaborative model and mental health recovery principles, the objective of the Community Network is to support individuals and their carers to remain socially included, better understand their mental health, prevent relapse, and develop their confidence, life skills and resilience so they can live as independently as possible.

The Network provides support for the people within the criteria set out as follows:

  • Individuals aged 18+ living in Bracknell Forest
  • People recovering from an episode of mental ill-health (primarily individuals accessing secondary mental health support)
  • People “stepping down” from CMHT/CMHT(OA) support
  • Individuals at risk from suffering an episode of mental ill-health (preventative)
  • Support for carers to access community assets and activities

Network Recovery Facilitators provide support on a short-term basis using the techniques listed below to help individuals and their carers to access and attend appointments around benefits, housing, education, volunteering, employment, social activities, health and life after Network support.

  • Relationship Building
  • Graded Exposure
  • Confidence Building
  • Anxiety Management
  • Motivational Interviewing

Once this short-term support (normally up to twelve weeks) has concluded and their recovery journey has sufficiently progressed the individual’s care is transferred back to their GP.

If you would like to make a referral to the Network (self-referrals welcome) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01344 823300.

In addition to Recovery Facilitation:

The BFCN facilitates monthly mental wellbeing sessions (for example Anxiety Management and Understanding Difficult Emotions) for supported individuals and carers currently on their recovery journey with the Network or the wider Community Mental Health Teams. These sessions help attendees to better understand (and become accustomed to living with) a variety of mental health conditions. They help provide individuals with; an understanding of the challenges they face as well as knowledge of personal coping strategies, internal and external resources, their own areas of strength to feel more in control of their condition(s) and have a greater internal capacity to work towards mental and emotional wellbeing. They are an excellent opportunity for personal growth and developing good relationships including potentially forming a new support network with other session attendees.

A key part of the Network’s on-going development is to hold bi-monthly open meetings at the Bracknell Forest Open Learning Centre offering individuals, carers and supporters the opportunity to put their views across in an informal and comfortable setting. Co-production is a big part of the meetings with attendees giving their input into the development of the meetings and the Network’s as a whole.

In partnership with the Bracknell Forest Dementia Advisor Service, the Network has set-up a weekly carers support group aimed at carers of Older Adults who are presenting with the early stages of Dementia. The group caters for about twenty people and provides carers with education and information as well as the chance to meet other carers (peer-to-peer support).

The BFCN works in partnership with Healthwatch Bracknell Forest to provide support for the development and on-going implementation of the Mental Health Forum in Bracknell Forest.

If you would like anymore information regarding the Network please contact:

• Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Phone: 01344 823300

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