Coventry Carers' Bulletin - August 2018

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Welcome to the August Carers' Bulletin

Welcome to August's edition of the Carers Bulletin. Over the past month, support for carers has increasingly been in the spotlight, with the recent publication of the Government's Carers Action Plan. In July 2018, Carers UK held their annual State of Caring Conference, an event geared towards increasing the campaign to improve services and support for carers. 

Their annual report highlighted the impact caring for someone can have on your overall health and wellbeing with 72% of carers in the UK saying they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring and 61% of carers in the UK said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of caring. Read the report.

BBC Money Box Live - Carers

Listen Now

In July BBC Radio 4 hosted a Money Box call in session for Carers, the radio show explores the financial impact caring can have and offers advice and guidance around Carers Allowance, Universal & Pension Credit and Council Tax Reduction. The show also explores the importance of carers assessments and your employment rights as a carer. 

Listen to the show.   

Carers UK - Make it Fairer For Carers Campaign

Carers UK are asking for feedback from carers, professionals and others interested about the benefits paid to carers, as part of their campaign to increase the level of Carers Allowance in England and Wales. 

Carer's Allowance is money for carers who spend at least 35 hours a week providing regular care to someone who has a disability. The person you care for must be getting a relevant benefit because of their disability, which in some cases has to be paid at a certain rate. Carer's Allowance is paid at £64.60 a week. 

We know that many carers have had to make massive financial changes to take on a caring role, sometimes reducing or ending their employment and caring itself can be expensive.

To contribute to their campaign, visit the website.  

Free eBooks and eAudiobooks with Coventry Libraries

Borrow Box

Coventry Libraries want to make sure carers know about the free e-Books and e-Audiobooks available through Library services, meaning you can access books from the comfort of your own home, without having to leave the house. Members of Coventry Libraries can download up to 8 e-Books and 8 e-Audiobooks at one time for free from the BorrowBox Library. 

What you need:

1) A valid Library card from any Coventry Library accompanied by a 4 digit pin. Don’t worry it’s also free to sign up for a Library card.

2) Download the free BorrowBox app which is available on the App store and Google play store, onto your smartphone, tablet or even apple watch! Log in by selecting Coventry Libraries and input your Library card and pin number.

3) You can now search and download from the extensive BorrowBox Library, with 3,842 e-Books and 1,204 e-Audiobooks. You can also download e-Books and e-Audiobooks straight to your computer, for more information and guidance please visit:  


Obviously we all love a good book, but there are many advantages to downloading e-Books & e-Audiobooks.

Set your own expiry date – up to 21 days

No late fees – the e-Book or e-Audiobook simply deletes its self from your device.

Perfect if you are on the go and you don’t want to carry round your Library books

You can access thousands of titles without leaving your house, ideal if you struggle to leave the house.  

There is also a wide range of e-Books for Children

Did we mention it’s free?

Need Help using a tablet or downloading the BorrowBox app?

Coventry’s Central Library facilitates free 1-1 tuition on a variety of subjects provided by Coventry university students. For more information, please visit:

Have your say on local NHS Services?

Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to know about more about the services that are important to you, what you think works well, what could be done better and what gaps you think there are. The CCG are responsible for planning, organising and buying health services. This includes most hospital and community NHS-funded services and more recently primary care services. 

You can have your say by completing a survey

It doesn’t take very long to complete, but your feedback will help the NHS plan services which will improve health and wellbeing for you, your family and your community.

They would like to know what's important to you, what you think works well, what could be done better and what gaps you think there are in the following services:

  • General practice and primary care
  • Maternity, children and young people
  • Urgent and emergency care
  • Out of hospital care
  • Planned Care
  • Self-care
  • Mental health & learning disabilities

Want to be more involved in local health and care? Become a Patient Voice Champion!

For more information or to sign up follow the link Patient Voice Champion or contact the Communications Team on

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Upcoming Events....

Wednesday 5 September - 10am - 2pm (Queen's Road Baptist Church, Queen's Road, Coventry CV1 3EG) - University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire will be hosting their second "We Care" eventan opportunity to find out more about what's going on at the hospital, innovations and for you to give your feedback. A light lunch will be provided. If you want to attend you can contact 024 7696 5186 or email

Saturday 15 September - Samaritans "We Listen" event will be held at Broadgate Square between 10am - 4pm. The event aims to promote the power of listening, to help others and will be attended by a number of agencies across Coventry. You can just turn up to this event. 

Friday 28 September & Friday 12 October - To celebrate World Alzheimer's Day on 21 September, a Dementia Champion Volunteer will be hosting two "Dementia Friends" sessions open to the public. Sessions will be held at the Council House and St. Mary's Guildhall. To book a place email or call 024 7683 4158/159. 

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