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UCAS form to identify student carers

Student carers will be given the option to identify themselves on their university application form in the future, following a campaign to get them better support while studying.   Since 2014 Carers Trust has been asking for a tick box which would prompt young adult carers to identify themselves. In February, student carer Carol Hayward, 21, started a campaign calling for this change to the UCAS form so that universities could easily find out whether applicants would be studying as well as caring unpaid, for someone with an illness, disability, mental health problem or an addiction. Carers Trust backed the
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Young Carers meet the Minister of State for Communities and Social Care

On Monday 4th of July, a group of six young carers aged 14-18, from Lewisham and Sutton Carers Centres, attended a roundtable meeting with Alistair Burt, the Minister of State for Communities and Social Care and Lead Minister for Carers across Government.   The meeting took place at his office at the Department of Health, in Whitehall. Alistair Burt is responsible for the Government’s new Carers Strategy which includes their plan to improve support for carers.   During the meeting, the Minister heard directly from young carers and young adult carers about the issues and concerns that matter to them as individuals.  
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Who cares for the carers?

An interesting article on “NewStatesment” tries to understand the level of local and national support available for carers and their perception of it. “Many carers have to battle to get the support they need for the person they care for, and for themselves”, they should not have to do this. They should be supported locally and nationally in their caring role”. Click here to read the whole article.
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A New Help for Dementia

Dementia Citizens is a new project that aims to help people with dementia and those who care for them, using apps on smartphones and tablets. If you’re affected by dementia, Dementia Citizens can help you: find new activities that you can enjoy with family and friends, using your smartphone or tablet take part in dementia research studies and help us understand more about dementia care learn new ways of living with dementia and caring for someone with dementia To find out more: http://dementiacitizens.org/    
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Parachute Jump

On 2nd June 2016, we have volunteers who will kindly parachute jump to raise funds for us. Caroline is an artist & teacher, last tear she raised over £3,000 for women’s Charities. We are glad to be her chosen charity for this event. Another volunteer, Andrew is “planning to defeat gravity using nothing more than a piece of cloth” You can support by Caroline by donating at everyclick.com/underwood Or donate to Andrew at everyclick.com/andrewfindlay Does your bucket list include a Parachute jump, how about being our next volunteer? Contact Julie for details on 02086998686
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Carers Week 6th -12th June 2016

Carers Lewisham will be holding an event for all carers on Wednesday 8th June 2016 10:00am to 3:00pm at the *Irish Community Centre, 2A Davenport Road, Catford, SE6 2AZ. There will be community stalls offering advice and information throughout the day. Local business’ and organisations are invited to attend and show their support for local carers.   This year’s theme for carers week is ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’. Carer Friendly Communities are places where carers feel supported to look after their family or friends, and recognised as individuals with needs of their own. Carers UK are asking people to RECOMMEND organisations, services
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Supporting carers to get back to work – Consultation with carers

Carers Trust and London Network Partners are working together to develop a programme to support carers in tackling the barriers to find / stay in / return to work.  We are applying for a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to fund this and would like to get your views to help us develop the appropriate activities that will make a real difference to carers. All fully completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher. The survey is now live via this link: https://goo.gl/UAE8lf Thank you.
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Health Help Now

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a new mobile and online service to help local people to understand where they should go for treatment, especially when they need healthcare in a hurry or late at night or at the weekend.   The Health Help Now app can be downloaded for free at http://www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net/ for web users or by searching in your smart phone app store.  It helps people check their symptoms and find the best place for treatment – showing which nearby services are open.  Importantly, it will help people to know when to go to A&E, and
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Park the Charges!

Carers UK is working with Julie Cooper MP to campaign to make hospital parking free for carers in England. The more support they have, the more likely the Bill will be successful. #parkthecharges Find out more
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Young Carers Stressed but Proud

As the UK’s largest carers’ charity Carers Trust launches a new website and online community for young carers, new research has shown the shocking effect needing to care for parents or siblings has on the wellbeing of young people who care for others. The research with over 350 unpaid young carers from carers groups around the country compares the findings with a YouGov poll of 457 non-carers* aged 8-15. When the answers of the 457 non-carers are compared to the 200 young carers who were in the 8-15 age group the carers were less happy, more worried, sadder and more
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