July and August CRISP Carers Newsletter

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July and August 2017


If you know a carer who is not currently benefiting from our service please encourage them to sign up online or call us on 01202 458204. We're here to help them.

Free help for Bournemouth and Poole Carers

 Bournemouth and Poole residents who are eligible (e.g. receiving certain benefits or with a long-term health condition) can apply for a visit from a Home Energy Advisor who can install free energy saving measures – such as smart extension leads, reflective radiator panels, low energy LED lightbulbs, draught-proofing to wooden windows and doors – and more if the home is suitable.

The Advisor can also give energy efficiency tips on how to set heating controllers to keep energy bills down, remind householders to check if they are on the cheapest energy tariffs, and even arrange confidential telephone advice on unclaimed benefits and grants from a money advice specialist.

 Call now to apply for your free home visit on

0800 060 7567 (8.45am till 5.30pm, Monday to Friday) or to read more, check eligibility and apply online go to: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/leap  

(Poole carers should choose the ‘Bournemouth Borough Council’ scheme on the web form). If you know carers who you think could benefit from this service, please tell them.


Social chat at the Carers Centre with free tea, coffee and cakes

St Ambrose Cottage, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 8ER.

Tuesday’s: 11th July and 8th August 2pm – 4pm

Friday’s: 28th July and 25th August 10am – 12noon

Don’t forget the regular drop-in dates are always available, every

Tuesday 2pm – 4pm or Friday 10am – 12noon.

Carers Social Events

All events are for carers only unless specified. You can book two events in total on a first come, first served basis. Should you wish to attend a third event, please check with us a week before the event to see if there is availability. To find out how to book an event, please click here.

Julie England of Meridian Events (Bournemouth) Ltd organises and hosts our social events and will be there to welcome you. Julie’s mobile number is 07932 154544 and is only to be used on the day of an event.

Bookings for carers social events will be taken from Tuesday 4th July at 9am

All calls will go to answerphone on this day, please leave just one message. Any calls before 9am, will go to the back of the queue. 

Day trip to Weymouth

Tuesday 25th July

Free time in Weymouth to enjoy the beach, shops or harbour. A lovely flat promenade to stroll along.

By Coach: Please arrive 5 minutes early

Bournemouth Interchange Stand J/K:

pick up 09.30am, drop off 4.30pm (approx).

Branksome Bus Stop oposite John Lewis:

Pick up 9.45am, drop off 4.15pm (approx).

Seldown Bridge Car Park next to Bus Station:  

pick up 10.00am, drop off 4.00pm (approx).

An event for carers only


Fish & Chip 

Fun Quiz Night

West Cliff Baptist Church Hall, Poole Road, Bournemouth, BH4 9DN

Wednesday 2nd August at 7pm

Join us in the church hall for a fun quiz with fish & chip supper from Chez Fred in Westbourne.

An event for carers and the person they care for

Day trip to Lymington

Saturday 29th July

Saturday is market day along

the High Street, the town is also a seaport with a rich maritime history.  Head down the cobbled streets into the old town and down to the Quay to watch the yachts and fishing boats.  

By Coach: Please arrive 5 minutes early

Seldown Bridge Car Park next to Bus Station: pick up 9.30am, drop off 4.30pm (approx).

Branksome Bus Stop oposite John Lewis:

Pick up 9.45am, drop off 4.15pm (approx). 

Bournemouth Interchange Stand J/K:

pick up 10.00am, drop off 4.00pm (approx).

An event for carers only


 Wareham River Cruise

Brownsea Island Ferries Kiosk, Poole Quay.

Thursday 10th August at 10.30am

Meet at the Brownsea Island Ferries Yellow Kiosk on Poole Quay (Julie will have her blue balloon), for a cruise up the River Frome to Wareham River. Enjoy a 1 hour 15 minute journey each way, with 1 hour 30 minutes to spend onshore in Wareham. Approximate arrival time back at Poole Quay should be 3.00pm. If you have any mobility issues please check with us when booking to see if this event is suitable for you.

An event for carers only

Training for carers of people with Dementia

Practical tips and guidance to assist with managing changes in cognition and behaviour associated with dementia.

Run by qualified health professionals

Course content includes managing:

General confusion, confused talk, low mood / apathy, anxiety / agitation.

Helpful tips for communication are also provided.

To register your interest please call the Carers Support Service on 01202 458204, dates to be confirmed.

A valuable 3 hour session using practical examples!

10am - 1pm at St Ambrose Cottage, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 8ER.


Use these pointers to stop yourself becoming a target for fraudsters.

Seems too good to be true

Contacted out of the blue

Asked for personal details

Money is requested

Dementia Friendly Screenings

Dementia friendly screenings are suitable for anyone, but specially adapted for people living with dementia, their families and friends. Films are screened in a supported and friendly environment with the lights up a little and the sound turned down a touch. There are always volunteers on hand, and a free hot drink and a biscuit for everyone!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Wednesday 26th July 2pm

Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang Wednesday 30th August 2pm

Tickets cost £5 from the Lighthouse on 1202 280000 (this is a subsidised price so no further discounts). Please advise of access issues on booking. To be kept informed of future dementia-friendly screenings, ask to join their mailing list.


Carers Corner

Written by Carers for Carers

This is a poem sent into us by a carer

“An ordinary carer”

“Caring for my youngest who was born not so well, every day it can be heaven, each day it can be hell.

She needs me 24/7 I chose to home educate, her diet is so nutritious she tends to put on weight.

 Her brain works much faster than her sturdy body does, she takes it out on me, she hits, she throws, she doth cuss!

Her DLA came back late, they have made their decision, she’s low to middle rate, we’re locked in money prison.

I’ve asked them to re-look, fought to make our case, relying on reports from ‘professionals’ tick tock, the time does race.

I get more & more stressed, it get’s harder every day, her father left 2 years ago, my mother recently passed away.

So if I look distraught and sad and lost, don’t judge me by yourself, we already pay the cost.

But, life can be HEAVEN, life it’s so grand, when I step out with my daughter, and she tightly holds my hand.

 And when we go to bed, snug as a bug, I look into her eyes, and I all see is love!”


If you would like to make any contributions to Carers Corner please e-mail us or write to The Carers Support Service, St Ambrose Cottage, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 8ER.

Win on Waste

Would you like to help good causes just by saving some items from your rubbish or recycling each month?  If so, you may like to know about Idea2Action’s community recycling projects running in Bournemouth and Poole called Win on Waste. 

Collect items you would normally dispose of (as below) and take them along to planned recycling days throughout the area. These are held in Broadstone, Canford Heath, Creekmoor, Southbourne, Westbourne and West Howe. 

Any of the following items are always wanted:

milk bottle tops, sweet biscuit wrappers, stamps, aerosol deodorant cans, corks, Tassimo coffee discs and packaging, cleaning product items e.g. washing up liquid tops, disinfectant wipe packets, sprays and pumps. 

For more information:

call Monique on 07771 705662

e-mail contact@ideas2action.org.uk

or visit www.ideas2action.org.uk

Ideas to Action