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Hot weather

Weather like this is something many people look forward to every year and go out and enjoy. But it's worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people. It's important to protect yourself from too much sun or heat, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.

Here are some simple tips to help you beat the heat:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion. If you can't avoid strenuous outdoor activity, such as sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day – for example, in the early morning or evening
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with high water content
  • When travelling ensure you take water with you
  • Look out for others: Keep an eye on isolated, older people, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool. Check on older people or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during hot weather. Be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed
  • Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C
  • Ensure that babies, children or older people are not left alone in stationary cars
  • Keep your environment cool: keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, older people or those with long-term health conditions or anyone who cannot look after themselves
  • Shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight and keep windows that are exposed to the sun, closed during the day. External shutters or shades are very effective, while internal blinds or curtains are less effective. However, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider placing reflective material between them and the window space
  • Open windows at night if it feels cooler outside, although be aware of security issues - especially in ground floor rooms. Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat
  • Electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°C
  • Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a long-term medical condition or taking multiple medications and have unusual symptoms
  • If you or others feel unwell, seek medical advice
  • If you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache, move to a cool place as soon as possible. Drink some water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks like tea or coffee.
  • If you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen, for example after sustained exercise during very hot weather), rest immediately in a cool place and drink electrolyte drinks. We say that most people should start to recover within 30mins and if not, they should seek medical help. Consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms, or if symptoms persist
  • If you have to go out in the heat, wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection and wear a hat. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.

Visit NHS heatwave how to cope in hot weather to find out more.

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

 

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

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).

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