January's Carers CRISP Newsletter

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January and February 2019

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!


Free taster workshop for

at Chic Academy,

70a Heathwood Road, Winton, Bournemouth, BH9 2JZ

Monday 21st January 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Provided by Teresa from Reflexology UK Ltd

Comprising of guided visualization, meditation, mindfulness, massage, or destressing points of the face and hands.

Refreshments will be provided, free on-street parking is available.

If you would like to attend, call the Carers Support Service on 01202 458204. This does not count towards your two bookable social events. For carers only.

Friends of CRISP

Thanks to the carers who responded to the appeal for volunteers to form a Community Group to hold donations or funds that are raised. This group is now known as ‘Friends of CRISP’. 

The group will be getting together on Thursday 31st January at 10.30am until 12noon, in the Community Room at Tesco Extra (just off Castle Lane East, near Bournemouth hospital). If you would like to meet them, find out more about how the group will work, join the committee, or just pop in for a chat you would be welcome.  No need to book.

Carers Groups at the Carers Centre

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

We look forward to welcoming you to our new groups, which have been developed following feedback from carers, refreshments included:

Ladies group on Tuesday 8th January & Tuesday 5th February

Gentlemen’s group on Friday 4th January & Friday 1st February

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

Tuesday 22nd January  2pm – 4pm and Friday 22nd February 10am – 12pm

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Drop in’s are every Tuesday 2pm – 4pm and Friday 10am – 12pm, when social chats or new groups are not taking place.


Carers Social Events

Bookings will be taken from: 9am Tuesday 8th January  

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

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. How to book an event.

If you are unable to attend any booked event, please let us know by calling 
07927 959468. Only to be used on the day of a Carers Social Event.

Lunch at the Escoffier Restaurant

Lunch at the Escoffier Restaurant

Escoffier Restaurant, Bournemouth & Poole College, Meyrick Road, Bournemouth,
BH1 3JJ.

Tuesday 15th January or 
Wednesday 6th February

both at 12noon

Enjoy a gourmet, fine dining experience at the Escoffier Restaurant. A three course lunch will be prepared, cooked and served by students studying to be chefs or looking to work in the hospitality sector. 

Only one lunch per carer.

An event for carers only

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Fish & Chips Quiz Night

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

Monday 21st January at 7.00pm

Join us in the church hall for quiz with a fish and chip supper.

There is limited parking on site so please state if disabled parking is required.

There are public car parks or on-street parking in Grosvenor Road or Marlborough Road just a short walk to the venue.

For carers and the person they care for




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Brewery Tour

Thursday 21st February

Discover more about Blandford’s Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, brewers of Badger beers since 1777.

The Brewery tour starts at 11.30am and lasts two hours.

By Coach: Please arrive 5 minutes early

Bournemouth Interchange Stand J/K: pick up 9.30am, drop off 4.00pm (approx)

Branksome Bus Stop opposite John Lewis: pick up 9.45am, drop off 3.45pm (approx)

Seldown Bridge Car Park next to Bus Station: pick up 10.00am, drop off 3.30pm (approx)

An event for carers only

carers card

Thank You from Julie England

“I would like to thank all of the carers who gave their kind, best wishes to me during the last two months at events and particularly at the Halloween Lunch. I was too overwhelmed to fully express my gratitude on the day.”

You can keep in touch with Julie and Peter England as they are administrating the Carers Card Scheme and have an active Facebook page. Here you can make suggestions, drop them a message and keep up to date with the latest offerings for your Carers Card, please do take a look, “Like” their page and keep in touch! https://www.facebook.com/mycarerscard/ 

Training for carers of people with Dementia

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

Practical tips and guidance to assist with managing changes in cognition and behaviour associated with Dementia. Run by qualified health professionals. Course content includes helpful tips for communication and managing: general confusion, confused talk, low mood, apathy, anxiety and agitation.

To register your interest please call the Carers Support Service on 01202 458204. 

Alerts: Be aware of phantom debt collectors and bailiffs fraud alert

  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call.
  • Confirm what the debt is regarding and request details of the debt in writing.
  • Double check with the court or originating company to confirm whether the call is legitimate, also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call and clarify; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
  • For more advice on ‘cold calls’ refer to citizensadvice.org.uk or call 03444 111444
  • You can report suspicious calls to actionfraud.police.uk or call 03001 232040


The Leonardo Trust is an independent Charity to help voluntary carers of family or friends in Dorset. They may be able to award grants for respite and much needed relaxation time.

For more information visit www.leonardotrust.org, call 01202 698325 or
e-mail: info@leonardotrust.org

The Leonardo Trust are pleased to welcome Donna Blanche to their team as Charity Manager.

Dementia-friendly exhibition tour

Poole Museum, 4 High St, Poole BH15 1BW.

Wednesday 6th February 2pm - 3.30pm

Calm Before The Storm 

Explore a remarkable collection of photographs from the RNLI archive and modern day photographs made by Jack Lowe. A free interactive session for those living with dementia and their carers. A hot drink and cake will be provided in the café at the end of the session.

Advance booking essential: call Anna on 01202 633971 or e-mail a.shiels@poole.gov.uk

Carers Corner

Written by Carers for Carers

My pet piglet

I don’t want to be a piglet, I have one of my own, you see. He’s a person I give love to, and encouragement as well, no fee.

Other carers come and go, they have their own lives to lead, but my Piglet in his dependence, doesn’t grasp his constant need.

In full twenty four hour seven, of each day and week. Most noticeable in the early hours, then I’m the one he’ll seek

At beck and call, Lift after fall, he’s a pet I can rely on, he doesn’t need a walk, but plenty of food, keeps his system in top form.

My piglet is so loving, and enjoys a pat and hug, his smile that’s so enchanting, beats any four-legged pug.

But I don’t want to be a piglet, I know too much, you see! For when it’s my turn to be one, there’ll be no-one left to care for me.

If you would like to make any contributions to Carers Corner please email us or write to:

The Carers Support Service, 
St Ambrose Cottage, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 8ER.

We always like to hear from you!