March's Carers CRISP Newsletter

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March and April 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!

A new Council is coming

From 1st April 2019 Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole, and all the District Councils in Dorset, will no longer exist. A new Council is being formed called Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, shortened to BCP Council. The remaining areas in Dorset will come under Dorset Council. There are a lot of services that Councils run, such as libraries, household waste, parks, parking, housing and Adult Social Care. A lot of work is taking place to make sure they still run smoothly, but over time there will be some changes. Keep an eye on the local newspapers, and leaflets sent to all households to find out more.

Beach Huts

Beach hut bookings

Beach Huts are available to book for the Summer period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2019. You can book up to TWO DAYS in a row or spread over the period. There is a £5 booking fee per beach hut, per day. Bookings will be taken from:

Monday 11th March at 9am - Sandbanks (for those with accessibility issues)
Tuesday 12th March at 9am - Alum Chine (steep sloped access)
Wednesday 13th March at 9am - Boscombe (steps & 10 minute walk to toilets)

Call the Carers Support Service on 01202 458204. All calls go to answerphone on bookings days. Please leave just one message on the specified day with your required dates and an alternative number (preferably a mobile) for us to call you back. Any calls before 9am go to the back of the queue. There will soon be a beach hut available at Avon Beach, details on this in the next newsletter.


Carers Groups at the Carers Centre

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


Ladies group on Tuesday 12th March & Tuesday 9th April 2pm – 4pm

Gentlemen’s group on Friday 8th March & Friday 5th April 10am – 12noon

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

Tuesday 19th March 2pm – 4pm and Friday 26th April 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 5th March 

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.

Winchester Farmers Market

Sunday 10th March

Visit one of the largest farmers markets in the UK. A wide variety of home grown produce and small businesses with goods for sale. Free time round the shops in Winchester or Cathedral if preferred.

By Coach: Please arrive 5 minutes early

Seldown Bridge Car Park next to Bus Station:
pick up 9.30am, drop off 5.00pm (approx)
Branksome Bus Stop outside John Lewis:
pick up 9.45am, drop off 4.45pm (approx)
Bournemouth Interchange Stand J/K:
pick up 10.00am, drop off 4.30pm (approx)

An event for carers only

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Wednesday 3rd April

Explore some of the 35 acre gardens and animal park near Dorchester.

By Coach: Please arrive 5 minutes early

Bournemouth Interchange Stand J/K:
pick up 9.30am, drop off 4.30pm (approx)
Branksome Bus Stop opposite 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 & Chips Bingo Night

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

Monday 18th March at 7.00pm

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

Fish and Chips

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Snowtrax Alpine Activity Centre,
Matchams Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6AW

Tuesday 30th April at 7pm

A chance to try ski-bobbing or ringos on the dry slope at Snowtrax. Gloves, long-sleeve tops, trousers and closed shoes is advisable for both activities.

A basket meal is included, choose from the following on the night: Beef, Chicken or Vegetable Burgers, Chicken Nuggets or fried Fish all served with chips.

An event for carers only


Free Healthy Walks in
Bournemouth and Poole

Poole Healthy Walks Scheme is a fun, free and social initiative offering walks led by trained volunteers. The scheme caters for a range of activity levels; walks are designed to last no more than 45-90 minutes.

There is no need to book, people can just turn up. All walks start and finish in a location that is accessible by bus, has on-site parking provision and toilet facilities. Walks are on most days and at various locations throughout Poole. Please call 01202 261306 for the weekly timetable and further information on the scheme.

Bournemouth also offer Monday Morning Meanders, more details can be found at: Bournemouth Monday Morning Meanders or call 01202 451451


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. 

The Big Plan

Borough of Poole, Bournemouth Borough Council and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group have launched ‘The Big Plan’. This is a three-year plan setting out how they will work together to develop services for adults with a learning disability. One of the seven aims is ‘Support for my Family.’ The Big Plan is available in Easy Read format at


Falls and safety prevention event

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

Monday 4th March, 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Call in and get some free non-slip, good fitting slippers and hear a presentation from a physiotherapist on top tips to prevent falls. There will also be lots of other useful information and leaflets available to take away. Includes a free cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. No need to book, just turn up.

For carers and the person they care for


Cyber-crime is a fast growing area of crime. Protect yourself online by following these top tips:

• Don’t click on links or open email attachments from people you don’t know – remember fraudsters can spoof an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust.
• Public WiFi isn’t as secure as you think. Where possible use your 3G/4G network instead
• Never send your bank details using shared WiFi.


Dementia-Friendly Screenings

Lighthouse, 21 Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG.

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!

The Sound of Music Wednesday 27th March at 2pm

The Blues Brothers Wednesday 24th April at 2pm

Tickets cost £5 from the Lighthouse on 01202 280000 (this is a subsidised price so no further discounts). Please advise of any access issues when booking. There is limited disabled parking at the front of Lighthouse. To be kept informed of future dementia-friendly screenings, ask to join their mailing list.

Carers Corner

Written by Carers for Carers

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

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