Carer Support Bulletin March 2017

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Carer Support News Bulletin

March 2017

Please note: The Healthy Mind, Health Body Event for Carers will no longer be on 23 March – we are hoping to run this in May 2017. Look out for further details of how to be involved.

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 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

Compassionate Communities

This project aims is to develop new initiatives and enhance existing services to reduce isolation and improve peoples’ health and wellbeing by encouraging communities to support people who are affected by dying, death and bereavement.  It aims to reduce isolation and enable people to remain connected to their community.

You can get involved as an individual by volunteering, befriending, becoming a community ambassador; and as an organisation by encouraging discussions, providing advice, guidance and signposting and receive training for staff and volunteers to help support people affected.

If you are interested in finding out more about Compassionate Communities or you would like to get involved contact us at:

Marianne Grant , call 0845 2255497 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: 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

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:

    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

      Are you a student carer at the University of Wolverhampton?

      Take part in this research…

      • Are you a student at the University of Wolverhampton who provides support to, or looks after, a family member, spouse, partner, or friend, who due to illness, physical disability, learning disability, old age, mental health issues, or substance misuse issues, cannot cope without your support. 

      • Please complete the online survey by cutting and pasting the following web link into your web browser: 

      • Your responses will help shape future provision for students like you at the University

      Partners in Health and Social Care and Education

      ‘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.

      The short course covers a range of topics and issues on service user and carer involvement in higher education including ‘looking after yourself’, confidence building, talking to groups of students, interviewing skills and getting involved in research and new courses. The sessions are run in a relaxed environment with plenty of support where needed.

      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. 

      Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing, City Campus, Wolverhampton

      Start Date: Week Commencing 15th March 2017 (10am to 1pm)

      For further details contact: Rupy Pandaal or Kirsty Wood, Phone: 01902 323032; Email:

      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.

      Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service (WIASS)

      Parent/Carer Events 2017/18

      Education, Health and Care Plans

      All you need to know about Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, the EHC needs assessment process and what outcomes may look like for your child. This workshop will be particularly helpful if your child is currently going through the Education, Health and Care needs assessment or has a statement of special educational needs, or if you simply want to know more.

      Thursday 25 May 2017, from 9.30am to 11.30am

      Monday 12 March 2018, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm

      Support for children and young people in education

      Do you want to know more about school/college duties to support children and young people with special educational needs and disability? This workshop will explain the support you can expect and how you and your child can be involved in the process.

      Friday 30 June 2017, from  9.30am to 11.30am

      Thursday 16 November 2017, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm

      Friday 2 February 2018, from  9.30am to 11.30am

      Booking is essential.

      All workshops will be held at the Gem Centre, Neachells Lane, Wednesfield, WV11 3PG. Refreshments included. Sorry no childcare facilities.

      For further information or to book call 01902 556945 or email visit

      Paula's Jewellery Box Handmade & Fundraising Fair for Scoliosis

      Saturday 24th June 2017

      11am til 4pm

      Linden House, Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton WV6 0DD

      A selection of   30+  local craftsman, artists and handcrafters showcasing beautiful gifts for all the family. These include; handmade items, crochet/knitted items, jewellery , cards and yummy cake  as well as a bouncy castle, icecream, raffle, tombola and much much more!

      For more information please contact Paula Botfield  on 07974106554

      Find us on Facebook: PaulasJewelleryBox

      ‘The Misfit Analysis’ at  the Arena Theatre

      Thursday 30th March at 7.30pm

      Tickets £10 full price and £8 concessions

      Cian has autism. He likes to spin tin-openers. He’s taught all the actors on ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ how to be autistic. They’re very good at it.

      Journeying through Cian’s mischievous mind, ‘The Misfit Analysis’ takes us through a world of wheelchairs and blow up dolls in an unconventional exploration of an autistic mind. This is not Rain Man. Using multi-media, video projection and his unique brand of performance poetry, Cian playfully questions the place of disability in today’s world.

      And the link to book:

      For more information contact: Sam Fleming, Marketing Officer

      Arena Theatre, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE 

      T: 01902 322646

      Box Office: (01902) 321 321

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