Carer Support Bulletin February 2017

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Carer Support News Bulletin

February 2017

Telecare Workshops for carers

If you are a carer this training ideal opportunity to find out about Telecare and how it can help you in your caring role, as well as seeing the equipment and how it works. There will also be information about the responder service, safe & well checks and falls prevention, and you can see the equipment.  The dates and venues are:

  • Tuesday 28 February 2017 - 10:30am-12.30pm Wolverhampton Fire Station, Merridale St, Wolverhampton WV3 0RE
  • Thursday 2 March 2017 - 12.30pm-2.30pm Fallings Park Fire Station, Bushbury Rd, Fallings Park, Wolverhampton WV10 0NL 
  • Tuesday 14 March 2017 - 12.30pm-2.30pm Wolverhampton Fire Station, Merridale St, Wolverhampton WV3 0RE

  • Thursday 16 March 2017 -10.30am-12.30pm Fallings Park Fire Station, Bushbury Rd, Fallings Park, Wolverhampton WV10 0NL

To book a place call 01902 553409 or email

Moving and Handling Training for Wolverhampton carers

If you’re looking after someone with an illness or a disability, you may need to help them move around. This can be awkward, uncomfortable, or even dangerous for both you and the person you care for. Learn how to move someone safely. It’s essential that you know about safe moving and handling so you don’t hurt yourself or the person you care for.

In this FREE moving & handling training you will learn how to prevent injury, moving your loved one with more confidence, comfort, and ease.

In collaboration with Birmingham Carers Hub and Midland Mencap we can offer places for Wolverhampton carers on one of training dates below. Places are limited.

Dates available: 22 Feb, 26 Apr, 21 Jun, 19 Jul 2017 (Wednesdays) from 10am to 1.30pm. Refreshments, registration and welcome from 10am, main session starts at 10.30am. No admittance after 10.30am.

Venue: Birmingham City University (City South Campus a.k.a. Edgbaston Campus), Faculty of Health, Education & Life Sciences, Seacole Building, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, B15 3TN

To book: call the Carer Support Team on 01902 553409 or 553429 or email

#SmallGoodThings – Tuesday 14 February

Join us to celebrate and share the things which make people feel better, more supported and well-connected at Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, Blakenhall WV2 3AS from 10am-4pm - Entry free

We're highlighting the #SmallGoodThings happening in Wolverhampton that can help people to improve their quality of life. We want to hear what people are doing to make themselves- and others - feel better, more supported and well connected... no matter how big or small these may be.

Please join us to not only find out about some of the services available from local voluntary and community groups and other providers, but more importantly share some of the #SmallGoodThings that you, your community or organisation can do, or are already doing, for others.

On the day you will be able to network and make new connections, take part in a speed-dating style ideas exchange and browse our marketplace. You may even wish to take a stall yourself.

#SmallGoodThings is free and everyone is welcome, so please come along and together we can improve the wellbeing of Wolverhampton.

For more information visit:

Benefits Information Surgeries

Wolverhampton Community Support Service and Library services are offering benefit information sessions in a range of libraries across the city. A Community Support officer will be on hand to offer advice and support. This is not a form-filling service; it’s an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have and to receive guidance and information. Booking your appointment is essential.

Please call the appropriate library to book your appointment. It would be helpful if you could briefly mention what you need support with when you book.

The sessions on offer are as follows:

  • Friday 17th February 2017 from 10:30 until 3:30pm at Warstones Library, Pinfold Grove, Penn, WV4 4PT. Call: 01902 556275
  • Monday 13th March 2017 from 10:30 until 5:00pm at Snow Hill, City Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 3AX  Call: 01902 552025

Tuesday 28th March 2017 from 10:30 until 3:30pm at Bilston Library, Mount Pleasant, Bilston, WV14 7LU Call: 01902 556253

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust work together to provide  a local Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre for Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas. We offer:

  • support and information to anyone who has concerns about cancer, whether you are a patient, a carer, relative or friend of someone affected by cancer.
  • practical aspects of living with cancer; from finance and benefits support to travel insurance and information about applying for a Disabled Parking Badge.
  • Information on health promotion, prevention and detection of cancer
  • signposting to local Counselling Services, spiritual guidance and support groups
  • make-up and manicure sessions, complementary therapies and hair loss workshops.

So if you need information and advice please drop in, No appointment required: Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, Zone C – Location C1, New Cross Hospital.

Tele: 01902 695234


Old Tree Nursery

Old Tree Nursery is a magical 5.5 acre garden, plant and fresh produce nursery. It is a unique space that offers adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues and other vulnerabilities a chance to develop skills, independence and confidence in a safe setting. All our service users are called ‘Team Members’ because we are all in the same team, working towards the same objectives.

Old Tree has a staff team with knowledge across horticulture, landscaping as well as experienced support staff. We work hard at understanding each of our team members, what their goals are and how we can work together to help them achieve. The Old Tree family continues to expand and in 2017 we will be offering our team members the chance to gain accredited qualifications in uniquely bespoke subjects.

The site, which changes with the seasons, is equipped to deal with people of all ability levels, largely wheelchair accessible in most areas. Operating a woodland and fairy walk, tea room and shop, there is never a dull day. In addition various events are held throughout the year which provides more opportunity and crucially fund raising to keep Old Tree open.

In 2017 we will be proudly opening our ‘The Treehouse’ which will provide a truly unique venue for birthdays, clubs or meetings.

Old Tree is open Monday-Friday currently and welcomes volunteers, referrals for the support services and larger groups. We operate as ‘not for profit’ and every penny generated is reinvested into the project.

As we move forward into 2017 Old Tree will continue to change and grow, your support in making this happen is always welcomed. If you have any queries please contact us directly on 01902 786042.

This information bulletin is for carers, professionals working with carers and organisations supporting carers. The Carer Support Team supports family carers in Wolverhampton.

To find out more about what we can offer contact us:

Call: 01902 553409.

Visit our website:,

Email the team at:

Drop in to the Carers Centre, Blossoms Fold, Off North Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 4HJ.

Office Opening times:

Monday to Friday, 9.00am till 4.30pm  (closed from 12.30pm to 13.30pm)

To receive a word document of this bulletin please email the team.

Voice4Parents needs you!

Voice4Parents is a group of parents and carers whose children have a wide range of special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).  We want to make positive changes to the local SEND services families receive for example education, health and social care as well as ensure as many parents and carers have the opportunity to share their views.

Your experiences will enable us to provide constructive challenges about what is working well and where improvements can be made.

You can contact Voice4Parents in a number of ways to share your views on 01902 550396 or

Email  You can also leave feedback on Wolverhampton’s Local Offer for SEND 

 Voice4Parents is supported by the Wolverhampton, Information, Advice and Support Service. Register with the service and become a wider group member of Voice4Parents to receive regular weekly e-bulletins and a termly magazine.  You will also get to hear about our parent and carer workshops and events.

Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing

Partners in health and social care and education’ is a course for people who have on-going contact with health and social care services. It aims to help you to develop the confidence and skills so that you can use your experiences of these services to help the next generation of healthcare professionals to better understand the needs of service users and carers.

There are no course fees although you will need to be willing to join our service user and carer group (SUCCESS) to support the Faculty by drawing on your personal experiences as a service user or carer in ways that are appropriate for you. The course will run at the City Campus of the University and commences 15th March (10am to 1pm).

For further details contact: Rupy Pandaal or Kirsty Wood on 01902 323032 or email

Parkinson’s Links Exercise Class

Parkinson's Society is holding exercise classes for people affected by Parkinson’s in and around Wolverhampton at The Hub – Community Hall, Griffiths Drive Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton WV11 2LH on 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, starting on 9th January 2017 from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm cost £2 per session.

The exercise sessions are run by a highly qualified postural stability exercise instructor who is experienced in working with people with Parkinson’s. Attendees will benefit from participating in a regular exercise routine as a group activity in a relaxed environment.

For further information please contact : Jackie Murrall 0344 225 9849 E: