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Christmas closure

  Carers Lewisham will be closed from Friday 22nd December 2017 at 12.30pm to Tuesday 2nd January 2018 for the Christmas break. The office will reopen as usual on Tuesday 2nd January 2018   Emergency Numbers for Carers Lewisham Adult Social Care Advice & Information Team, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm Tel: 020 8314 7777 email: SCAIT@lewisham.gov.uk out of hours 0208 314 6000. Police 101 (for an emergency ring 999) Action on Elder Abuse Helpline 0808 808 8141 South London & Maudsley 24 hour mental health support line: 0800 731 2864 Samaritans  -whatever you’re going through, call free any time, from any phone on
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New partnership for Carers Lewisham with Ageing Well in Lewisham

Ageing Well in Lewisham is a local charity running weekly befriending groups with a focus on health, well-being, arts and creativity for people aged 55+ living in South Lewisham. Say you have been referred by Carers Lewisham to join at a special £2 per session (50% discount) subsidised rate. For more details: www.ageingwellinlewisham.com info@ageingwellinlewisham.com 020 8698 3735 / 07486 011102   Groups: Tuesdays 10am-12noon: ‘The Befrienders’ – The Grove Centre, 2 Jews Walk, Sydenham, SE26 6PL. Enjoy singing and relaxation activities with group leader Natasha! Run in partnership with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance as part of their
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New online tool to book for a Flu Jab

To prevent the spread of flu, unpaid carers who are in contact with vulnerable people are being encouraged to have a flu jab.  Vulnerable people are people over 65 years, those of any age who have long term medical conditions, pregnant women, babies and young children. With this new online tool, you can find the nearest pharmacy and/or book an appointment for your Free Influenza (Flu), Pneumonia (PPV) or Meningitis ACWY Vaccination Jab. Visit https://www.londonflu.co.uk/ for more information. Alternatively you can always: Simply ring your GP practice to make an appointment Or visit any one of the participating local pharmacies – it helps if
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EFFIP (E-Support for Families & Friends of Individuals affected by Psychosis)

Help test the new online resource COPe-support that gives information and support for carers supporting a loved one with psychosis About the EFFIP Project The EFFIP (E-support for Families & Friends of Individuals affected by Psychosis) Project aims to develop and evaluate an online resource, called COPe-support (Carers fOr People with Psychosis e-support resource) for carers, providing peer support and information on psychosis, coping and management strategies for common symptoms and ways for carers to look after themselves. The online resource-prototype, COPe-support, accessible via http://cope-support.org is nearly developed and ready to use! They need carers to try this out and give feedback on how
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Pilot : Supporting Online Carer Self-Assessment

Lewisham Council and NHS Lewisham are working together with Carers Lewisham to develop a greater understanding of how carers access carer assessments in Lewisham.  As a pilot, Carers Lewisham will support carers in the completion of the new online, carers self-assessment tool (in Autonomy), especially in circumstances where carers wish a form completed in their own right. The pilot will run from early October 2017 to the end of January 2018.  Please note that the full carer assessment will continue to be completed by adult social care staff. The council’s “Support for Carers“ public webpage will reflect some of these
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Coach4Care

Coach4Care allows friends and family who are supporting someone who is dying to access the care and support they need, through the role of a coach. The coach is someone who is going through, or has been through, the same experience of caring for a dying person. This coach would assist those supporting a loved one by coaching them to develop effective ways of coping with negative experiences and find positive strategies to build resilience and well-being. The aim would be for the coaches to receive training to become coaches of other carers to build on their own knowledge and
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Super-human to swim English channel for young carers visits Young Carers Holiday Club

Londoner, Chris Styles, recently swam the cold and murky waters of the English Channel to raise money for Carers Trust and tick-off his 40th birthday bucket list! His swim took 16 hours, in 2m swell waves! He encountered cruise ships, thousands of jellyfish, chronic pain in his shoulders and being taken off course by the tide in a u-shape! Despite all of this he made it! Chris was inspired to swim for Carers Trust after reading an article about young carers published on the Guardian during Carers Trust’s Young Carers Awareness Week in January and so far he raised £7000.
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For my “nonno”, Pierino

He was 86 when he parked his bicycle by the shed. My grandfather wasn’t a cyclist and his bike was the only luxury item he had to afford in post-war rural Italy. He lived on a steep hill and worked 14 hours a day in an underground power plant down in the valley; most of the nights his bike would become a burden as he was too tired to cycle uphill and yet he had to carry it at home. When he retired I was born. He moved to the seaside and built a child bike seat to carry me
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906 miles in under 5 days!

The London-Edinburgh-London Cycling Challenge Raising Money for Young Carers   On Sunday 30th July, 1,500 people from 58 nations departed from London on their bike with the aim to cycle 906 miles, London-Edinburgh-London, in less than 5 days. It was only last January when Jeremy Beswick received the news that he had been given a place on this year’s London-Edinburgh-London (LEL) and he has been busy training ever since. The London-Edinburgh-London is not just a race, it’s the 2nd longest Audax (the official long-distance cycling organisation) in the world. It is held once every 4 years with a limited entry
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NHS England Transforming Primary Care Winter Communications Programme: Healthwatch Evaluation Survey

  About the Winter Communications Programme The Transforming Primary Care programme, part of the Healthy London Partnership, would like to receive feedback and gain an understanding of how effective last winter’s primary care communications campaign was. The campaign aimed to raise awareness of alternative ways to access health care to attending accident and emergency (A&E).   About Healthwatch Healthwatch gives people a voice. Locally Healthwatch helps people get the best from their health and social care services, whether it’s improving them today, or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Healthwatch seeks out and represents local voices to influence the delivery
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