Salford Carers Service 2019 Calendar is out now

 Photo Credit: Simon Buckley (Not Quite Light)

Photo Credit: Simon Buckley (Not Quite Light)

We are delighted to announce that our 2019 calendar has launched and is now available to buy!

The theme is ‘Salford’s hidden beauty’ and it features beautiful photos taken by carers and staff and costs £5. Not only will this be a wonderful stocking filler, it will also be an opportunity to help raise vital funds for our carers as every penny will go towards funding our services. The calendar includes a helpful notes and ‘useful information’ section to make it as useful as possible.

You can find us at the following events and stalls to purchase a calendar (or drop into our office during office hours at the Langworthy Cornerstone!):

Thursday 29 November- Carers Breakfast, Langworthy Cornerstone, 451 Liverpool Street, Salford, M6 5QQ 9:30am-11:30am

Thursday 29 November- Asda Swinton Superstore stall- 15 Wellington Rd, Swinton, Manchester M27 4BR 10am-4pm

Friday 30 November- Humphrey Booth Resource Centre stall , 16-18 Worsley Road, Swinton, M27 5WW 9am-12pm

Friday 30 November- University of Salford stall, Allerton Building  12pm-1pm

Thursday 13 December- Salford Royal Trust stall (opposite Marks and Spencer) 9:30am-4pm

If you are unable to travel to an event or our office and have a carer support worker, you can ask them to bring a calendar to you when they next visit.

We hope you enjoy using our calendar in the coming months and look forward to hearing what you think.

Keep your eyes peeled for a sneaky preview on our social media!

What are Carers' Rights?

With Carers Rights Day on 30 November steadily approaching and with it, the launch of our exciting new campaign (#carersrealities) we thought it would be a good idea to clarify what carers rights are.

Many carers are not told what they are entitled to until they reach crisis point and we believe that carers being informed means that they can access support early which leads to better outcomes for everyone involved.

There are slight differences between the rights adult carers have and the right parent carers have. The rights of adult and parent carers are slightly different to the rights of young carers due to the differing needs of each group.

Adult Carer Rights – note the slight difference for parent carers.

1. Under the Care Act 2014 carers are entitled to a carer’s assessment if they appear to have needs for support.

2. The Children and Families Act 2014 gives a standalone right to an assessment as the parent of a disabled child.

3. A local authority has a duty to meet a carer’s eligible needs.

4. A carer has a right to a support plan which will show how their eligible needs will be met.

5. Carers should get a personal budget which shows the cost of meeting their eligible needs.

6. Carers’ wellbeing should be the focus of a carer’s assessment with a need to prevent deterioration.

Carers rights under the Mental Health Act 1983 (Amended by the 2007 Act)

1. Carers have the right to be included on a service user’s care plan.

2. Carers have the right to be given general information about the person whom they are caring for. The service user’s consent is needed to get specific information.

3. A service user doesn’t have the right to stop professionals speaking to carers or vice versa but may limit what a professional can tell a carer.

Young Carer or Young Adult Carers Rights.

1. The Children and Families Act 2014 gives carers under the age of 18 the right to an assessment on the appearance of need, they do not need to request one.

2. Young Carers shouldn’t be doing a caring role that:

• Makes them feel worried, sad or lonely.

•  Makes their health worse.

•  Means that they miss out on time with friends.

•   Means they do worse at school, college or university.

•  Stops them getting a job or keeping a job.

•   Stops them wanting to achieve your goals for the future.

Are there any rights you’re surprised about? Get involved in our carers rights vs carers reality campaign over 26-30 November and share your thoughts!

 

Carers Rights vs Carers Realities

We’re gearing up for our new #carersrealities campaign here at gaddum-Salford Carers Centre.

We’ve included a speech bubble for you to download, print and write your views on whether your rights match your reality.

If you’re not sure about your rights, don’t worry. We have published a helpful list for you.

We’ll be launching this campaign over the week of Carers Rights Day (26-30 November) so save your tweets, shares and likes until then.

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Carers Breakfast - Launching 27th September

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; even more so for carers with busy lives who struggle to prioritise their own needs. That’s why Salford Carers is launching a Carers Breakfast on the 27th September. We are offering carers the opportunity to join us at Chimney Pots Cafe in Langworthy Cornerstone to have a light breakfast on us. It’s a great chance to enjoy a relaxing cuppa, meet our team and get to know other carers.

The breakfast launches on the 27th September and will be weekly from 9.30 - 11.30. This is a great opportunity so we hope to see you there.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Salford Carers is supporting START and Salford CCG to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September. We understand that anyone can be affected by suicide but for many carers, especially those supporting someone with a serious mental health problem this can be constant fear. 

START and Salford CCG will have 109 yellow flags flying across Salford, one for each life lost to suicide over the last 5 years.

Each flag will carry the Start to End suicide ribbon entwined hands and a personal dedication will run down the seam of the flag written by the families and friends of those lost to suicide.

The flags will be carried by representatives from organisations across Salford. They will form a procession to mark the beginning of World Suicide Prevention Day Vigil of Remembrance at Lowry Plaza, 6.30pm, Monday, 10th September. This will be a highly visible statement to the scale of lives being lost to suicide in Salford.

START and Salford CCG would like to invite a representative from your organisation to join the procession by carrying a flag and flying it at your offices for the World Suicide Prevention Week, to show your support of those that have lost loved ones to suicide and to START to end suicide. 

If you would like to join START and Salford CCG in turning Salford yellow though joining the procession or flying a flag please contact Dennis Baldwin on dennis.baldwin@startinspiringminds.org.uk or 0161 351 6021 

 

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Bees & Ladybird filled Day for our Parent Carers

We kick started our new term of activities for parent carers and their families with our very first family walk  last week; bee hunting at The Lowry and Media City. Inspired by the amazing decorated bees that have popped up all over the City we walked round the Lowry Outlet Mall and Media City and really enjoyed having photos taken and learning lots of buzzing bee facts!

Bee hunting is tiring work and we were very glad to stop for a picnic lunch in the Blue Peter Garden and a spot of bee colouring in before walking back to the Lowry Theatre to see 'What The Ladybird Heard' in the Quays Theatre. It was a really enjoyable performance that captured the children's imaginations brilliantly and was the perfect way to end a busy, buzzy day. We are incredibly grateful for to The Lowry Theatre for facilitating this trip for our families; a relaxed performance was perfect for many of the children in our group. Parents were over the moon to have an amazing new experience for their children, something that many would not be able to manage without The Lowry's generosity.

Keep an eye out in our forthcoming calendar of events for more walks and fun activities. One little boy who joined us said "I loved it, I loved it, I loved it" when asked whether he had enjoyed his day. Feedback from parent carers was really positive and we look forward to providing more organised activities in the near future!!

If you're interested in getting involved in our activities, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for up to date events.

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Get Buzzing with Salford Carers

Greater Manchester is buzzing with the arrival of the Bee in the City project and Salford Carers wants carers to join us to enjoy this new addition to Salford Quays.

We have two wellbeing walks or WellBEEing (see what we did there) walks coming up in August. One will be on the the 9th August for Parent Carers and their families. Join us for a gentle walk, a lovely picnic and a chance to meet other Parent Carers. The second is on the 22nd August for carers who support anyone.

These are a great chance to do some gentle exercise, enjoy the summer weather, get to know others and enjoy Salford Quays.

We hope to see you there!

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Youth Day - Salford Young Carers Cross Generational Project

 Help us bring the generations together on Salford Youth Day by creating a plant pot design that our young carers can add to pots which will be taken as gifts to local care home residents.

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Please decorate this plant pot with positive messages and cheery decorations in any medium of your choice. Your plant pot design will be painted onto pot plants by young carers. The plants will be gifted to care home residents on Salford Youth Day 2018 (Friday 10th August). Please send in your design by Wednesday 8th August 2018.

Please send to Salford Carers Centre, Langworthy Cornerstone, 451 Liverpool Street, Salford. M6 5QQ or to Salford.carers@gaddum.co.uk