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Grants for Respite

Berkshire Community Foundation said "The Ark Trust received a £5,000 grant for SIGNAL4Carers to allow unpaid carers respite from their duties. SIGNAL provides free Support, Information, Guidance, Networking, Advice and Learning to all unpaid carers who care for someone in Bracknell Forest, Windsor, Ascot or Maidenhead.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid help and support to family or friends. You could be caring for a partner, child, relative, friend or a neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled or who has mental health or substance misuse problems; anyone can become a carer at any age. The carers could apply for grants of up to £300 to be spent how they felt best to achieve a break and have time for themselves. So far 14 people have received grants. Some have taken a short break whilst others have booked a regular activity."

Our thanks to Berkshire Community Foundation for enabling us to be able to distribute this money to unpaid carers. The quotes in the article linked below highlight the value having a break from caring can bring to people, we look forward to working with them again in the future.

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Rotary Club Community Christmas Lunch

Maidenhead Thames Rotary Club cordially invites you to their Community Christmas Lunch.

Sunday 9th December 2018
Holiday Inn, Maidenhead SL6 2RA

Arrive at 12 pm for reception drink

Traditional Christmas lunch at 12.30 pm

Entertainment & fun, we hope Santa will make an appearance.

Close at 2.30 pm

No transportation can be provided

Places are on a first come, first served basis

RSVP : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please also advise of any dietary requirements

Grateful thanks to the Holiday Inn management & staff for the provision of facilities and festive lunch.

Voluntary Car Schemes

Voluntary car schemes are available for residents to use across The Royal Borough, see this list of services.

They are usually run by volunteers and volunteer drivers will take people to health appointments such as visits to hospital or their GP. They are often cheaper to use than a taxi, generally they are well used so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Meditation group

Relax, sit comfortably, learn techniques to increase happiness, reduce stress, enhance focus, achieve calmness.

The aim of this group is to help the community with mental physical health needs.

They only charge a donation, but if this is a barrier for you please let them know.

Every Monday 9.30am - 10.30am (term-time) at Trax (North Ascot Youth Centre) Mill Ride,Ascot, Berks, SL5 8JW.

Contact: Marie O'Brien 07766 503581 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CQC issues notification regarding Allied Healthcare

If you are funding care yourself and are currently using Allied Healthcare and would like assistance or advice finding a new care provider please let SIGNAL know.


Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said:

"Allied Healthcare announced its intention to apply for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) in April this year to restructure its debts.

“Through CQC’s Market Oversight function, we have been closely monitoring the situation and assessing the future viability of the company’s plans to determine whether continuity of care can be maintained for people who are receiving home care services from this provider.

“Allied Healthcare has been able to confirm funding until 30 November 2018. However, we have not received adequate assurance that the company has, or will have, the ongoing funding or new investment necessary to ensure the business can operate beyond this date. We have encouraged Allied Healthcare to provide us with a realistic financially backed plan to support the future sustainability of the business, and given them every opportunity to do so, but they have failed to provide adequate assurance regarding future funding.

“It is now CQC’s legal duty to notify those local authorities where Allied Healthcare is contracted to deliver home care services, that we consider there to be a credible risk of service disruption. We are doing this now to give local authorities as much time as possible to plan for maintaining continuity of care for people relying upon services from this provider, should this be required. Local authorities have a statutory duty to ensure continuity of care for everyone using an adult social care service in the event that it ceases to operate.

“On Monday 5 November, we wrote directly to all 84 local authorities affected to advise them of this situation.

“I understand this is a very unsettling time for everyone who uses Allied Healthcare’s services, their families and loved ones, and staff. We will continue to work closely with Allied Healthcare and all of our partners – the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the Local Government Association (LGA), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and NHS England (NHSE) so they can inform the organisations responsible for commissioning people’s care – to make sure appropriate action is being taken in the interests of people’s continuity of care if this proves necessary. It is of course possible that the company is able to avoid service disruption, and if that is the case, we will revise our position accordingly.”

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