Coventry Carers' Bulletin - May 2019

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Welcome to this month's carers' bulletin

Welcome to the May carers' bulletin and this month focuses on the numerous events going on in the city to celebrate Carers' Week in June. Carers' Week is an annual awareness raising campaign all about carers, with the hope of agencies, employers, shops, cinemas, libraries, everywhere really finding out a bit more about how they can support carers well. It's a time to celebrate our city's carers and the invaluable role they play.

Lots of agencies have been busy this month for both Dementia Action Week and Mental Health Awareness Week. A massive thank you to everyone who attended, contributed and donated time to making these weeks such a success. 

Carers' Week is coming up - Monday 10 June - Sunday 16 June

Carers Trust Heart of England

The Carers' Trust Heart of England along with other agencies will be hosting a range of activities, events and general fun during Carers' Week. This year's programme is filled with events to get carers connected with the local community. The week gets off to an early start during Coventry Pride.

Information stall at Coventry Pride Festivalon Saturday 8 June 2019 between 10am – 4pm at the Herbert Art Gallery, Jordan Well Coventry, CV1 5QP in the Indoor community stalls section.

If you help look after someone with any condition who couldn’t manage without your support, then come along and speak to one of our Wellbeing Workers who will be on hand to offer information, advice and support on your caring role

Two Fargo Village Carers' Week events on Sunday 9 June 2019 between 12noon and 6pm at Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5ED.

– Poetry Event at the Big Comfy Book Shop between 12noon – 2pm

If you are interested in the poetry scene in Coventry or joining a poetry group or have some poetry you want to share with likeminded people come along to the Big Comfy Book Shop, meet with other poets, a carers centre Wellbeing Worker and Central Library staff with an interest in poetry.

– Open Mic acoustic session at Backhaus & co. between 4pm – 6pm

If you are interested in live local acoustic music, have some new material you would like to try out or are happy to listen supportively to others sharing theirs then come along to Backhaus & co in Fargo Village.

Carers' Drop-in Listening Clinic on Monday 10 June 2019 at University Hospital of Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW) Involvement Hub.

Our Wellbeing Workers specialising in Hospital Discharge support, Carers' Assessments and Cancer Carer support will be on hand to offer information, advice and support on your caring role or just be there with a listening ear if you need it.

‘Getting Carers Connected with Services’ event on Tuesday 11 June 2019 between 10.30am – 2.30pm at Coventry Central Library, Smithford Way, Coventry, CV1 1FY

Come along and get connected with a range of useful services that could help you or the person you look after. Services that can help with benefits, social isolation, getting into education, saving money on utilities, getting into work, mental health support, health checks, Stop Smoking support, Council services, carer training, healthy eating demonstrations, SEN support, Carer and Wellbeing collections and Services in Coventry Libraries, cancer carer support, carer equipment and technology advice, and much more.

‘Getting Carers Connected’ A Carers' Tea & Chat drop in event on Thursday 13 June 2019 between 11am – 2pm at The Penny Collard Centre, Fleet Street, Coventry, CV1 3AY

Have some tea and cake and talk with other carers, organisations and our Wellbeing Workers. Come along and get information on combatting social isolation, being a carer and how you may be able to get some support. Enjoy some wellbeing pampering or just join us for a chat!!

if you're interested in any of the events and want to find out more you can contact the Carers Trust Heart of England on 024 7663 2972 option 1. 

Carers - Getting Connected

Looking back on Dementia Action Week

On Tuesday 21 May, Coventry Cathedral held their first ever Tea Dance – over 50 people came together and learned new dance moves and enjoyed tea and cake whilst listening to songs performed by Miss Gloria Sunset. A member of Alzheimer’s Society team also filmed a video for our #AskUsAnything campaign. To watch this and to find out more head over to our Facebook page.

Quote from Tea Dance
Tea Dance CAthedral
Alzheimer's Stall

Belgrade Theatre’s Arts Gymnasium ‘Living Well’ taster session for Dementia Action Week welcomed several new faces to the group. This session provides a safe and fun environment for people with memory difficulties and their carers to explore imagination and movement. If you would like more information about these weekly sessions at Belgrade Theatre please contact Click Spring on 024 7684 6741 or


Also during the week Connie’s Colander came to Tile Hill Library. This heart-felt play is about Connie, her daughter and how dementia affects them. If you missed this performance, it will be at Central Library on Wednesday 19 June at 2pm – with an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

A number of Coventry Libraries and Groundworks staff learned a little more about dementia and committed to take an action in Dementia Friends sessions. Workers from Alzheimer’s Society also chatted to people at Earlsdon Park Village and UHCW during the week.

Alzheimer's Society

A number of Coventry Libraries and Groundworks staff learned a little more about dementia and committed to take an action in Dementia Friends sessions. Workers from Alzheimer’s Society also chatted to people at Earlsdon Park Village and UHCW during the week.

A massive thank you to everyone who took part, supported and worked so hard to make the week a great success!

Alzheimer's Society win two National Awards

A massive congratulations to the Alzheimer's Society. The staff and volunteer team at Coventry Alzheimer’s Society had a wonderful end to Dementia Action Week when both the Barras Green Day Centre and Coventry Dementia Support Services won a People’s Award, travelling down to St James’s Palace for the presentation by HRH Princess Alexandra.

Alzheimers People's Awards

Get Involved in developing support for adults with Autism / Attention Deficit Disorder

Are you an adult with suspected or diagnosed with Austistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  and/or Attention Deficitt Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Or do you care for someone awaiting an assessment or has a diagnosis of ASD and/or ADHD?

If, so as an ‘Expert by Experience’, we would welcome your time to jointly review the emerging findings from recent engagement sessions hosted by Grapevine across Coventry and Warwickshire on local provision of pre-assessment, assessment and post-assessment support needs for Children, Young People and Adults ASD/ ADHD.

Over the last month Grapevine has been holding energetic engagement sessions, including 'walk and talks' and 'ideas factories' - it stimulated a wide range of ideas and possible solution to improve and strengthen support!

We would therefore like to take the opportunity to visit and meet with ASD/ ADHD Experts by Experience and test some of the emerging ideas and prioritise key recommendations.

Date: Tuesday 25 June at 10am until 12 noon

Where: The Penny Collard Centre, next to St Johns church in Fleet Street, Coventry

Contact Info.
Carers Trust / Involve Coventry

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