Coventry Carers' Bulletin - August 2020

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Coventry Carers' bulletin - August edition

Welcome to this month's bulletin

We start this month's bulletin by saying a huge congratulations to the Young Carers Service who have been chosen as the Arena Shopping Park Charity of the year!! Such fantastic news. Well done to all the team, young carers and their families. 

You will see in this bulletin that Coventry libraries have produced a video on how to access their services safely when collecting books. There is information on taking care of yourself and in particular if you have had Covid-19 and there is also the opportunity to take part in some research with Warwick University. 

Take care.

What's going on in Coventry's libraries?

Click and collect

It’s been great to welcome people back to some of our library buildings with our new Click and Collect service.

Anyone can use this service to return or borrow books at eight of our local libraries, no matter which Coventry library you usually use, or have borrowed books from previously.

We look forward to booking you an appointment online

or by phone: 024 7683 2314

When visiting a library you must wear a face covering.

Book Bundles
Read well

Reading Well for Children is a collection of books to support 7-11 year old children (Key Stage 2) and their families and carers. They provide information, advice and support for coping with feelings and worries, daily life and getting through a tough time. The books have been chosen and endorsed by leading health professionals and co-produced with children and families and are available from all Coventry libraries.

Taking time for you

NHS UK have produced resources to help you keep well and reduce risks for older adults around Covid-19. These resources range from information about diet, nutrition, weight and exercise and can be found at Better Health


Better Health

How to get a COVID-19 test

As of 4 May 2020, unpaid carers were classified as "essential workers" and seen as a priority and are eligible to receive a test. This also means people living within your household, who start to display symptoms are eligible.  Testing is most effective within 3 days of developing symptoms. You can apply online for a test.

covid test

Recovering from COVID-19?

Covid recovery

For any individuals that may have had COVID-19, NHS UK has some wellbeing resources to support with, and improve ongoing symptoms, sleeping difficulties and information around grief and bereavement. 

Activities for Young Carers

YC activities september

For more information regarding these activities please contact Peighton, the Activities         Co-ordinator on Whatsapp: 0742 867 0040 or alternatively you can visit their website.

Activities with the Carers Trust Heart of England


Carers Trust Heart of England is hosting a Virtual Evening Quiz on 10 September 2020 at 7pm via Zoom. Many of you may know Paul Nicholls, our Carer Training Co-ordinator, who will be hosting this event. Paul is a natural quiz master and his quizzes have been enjoyed by the staff during lockdown. The format will be five rounds of questions with a mixture of General Knowledge, Music, Geography, Entertainment and much more.

From all of us at Carers Trust we hope you are able to join us for what will be an enjoyable evening.

Join the Meeting using the following:

Meeting ID: 864 6648 3999 Passcode: 142193

Learn more about how to use Zoom.

Learning Disability and Autism Carers Group

Carers Trust Heart of England also have a new digital group running for carers of people with Learning Disabilities and Autism, they run every other Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00.

The next session is being held on:   

Wednesday 2 September 2020 from 10.00am - 11.00am

Join sessions using the following log in details: 

Meeting ID: 831 1566 7261  Passcode: 643930

You're also invited to attend

Milan Asian Carers’ Support Group

This group is for Asian Carers to get together and get involved in consultations with Health and Social Care professionals. It also offers training to provide skills & techniques to better support carers in their caring role.  We also celebrate various religious festivals throughout the year.

If you require any further details or need support with setting up Zoom please email Varsha Thakrar or call her on: 02476632972 - (option 1)   

Please join us for the following sessions:

Friday 11 September 2020 from 11.00am – 12.30pm

Session on updates of changes in Mental Health Services

Friday 25 September 2020 from 11.00am – 12.30pm

Speaker to be confirm

Friday 9 October 2020 from 11:00 – 12:30  

Session on Diabetes and healthy lifestyle by Coventry and Rugby CCG

Yoga, breathing and relaxation

These sessions take place every Wednesday by Zoom from 11:00 – 12:30 and they cover breathing exercises with some light physical movements to relax your joints and muscles when sitting on a chair. If you required any further details and for the Zoom link please send an email to Varsha Thakrar at the Carers Centre.  

The distance aware initiative

social distancing card

With the ongoing need for social distancing for all, the Government has endorsed a new initiative. They have developed resources for either your phone, or to print a badge or card to help show that the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing. 

Research opportunity


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