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

GREATER MANCHESTER CARERS CHARTER

We believe all carers have a right to be respected, valued and supported, equally in their caring role, as experts for their cared for and as individuals in their own right

 

A carer is someone of any age who supports, unwaged, a relative, partner or friend who due to physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or addiction could not manage without that support.

As a carer you can expect

● To be identified as a carer as early as possible, be informed, be respected and included by health and social care professionals.

● To have choice and control about your caring role, get the personalised support you need as a carer to meet you and your family’s needs.

● To be able to stay healthy and well yourself, and for your own needs and wishes as an individual to be recognised and supported.

● To be socially connected and not isolated.

● To be supported to fulfil educational and employment potential, and where possible in maintaining employment.

● If you are a young carer or young adult carer, to be supported so you are able to thrive and develop educationally, personally and socially, and you are protected from excessive or inappropriate caring roles.

Having a voice - Carers as equal partners

● Valued, respected and recognised as ‘experts by experience’, in monitoring and reviewing services, and coproduction to redesign, commission or procure carer support services.

● Supporting and developing training programmes to raise the awareness and understanding of the needs of carers and their families, and of local carer support services for health and social staff and partner organisations.

Working together in partnership

● To ensure the independence and physical and mental health of all carers and their families

● To empower and support all carers to manage their caring roles and have a life outside of caring

● To ensure that all carers receive the right support, at the right time, in the right place, including when caring comes to an end.

● To respect all carers’ right to decide and choose in relation to how much care they will provide and respect all Carers’ decision about not providing care at all

● To ensure all carers will be respected and listened to as expert care partners, and will be actively involved in care planning, shared decision-making and reviewing services.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, local authorities and voluntary and community organisations are committed to working together in partnership to provide the best quality support for all carers, through our commitment to carers and action plan.

Greater Manchester Young Carers Survey

18 carers aged 24 and under from across Greater Manchester meet in late January to design a questionnaire to send out to young people across the region. The survey is to look at the issues and opinions of young carers, known and hidden, so they can influence the continual development of the Greater Manchester Carers Charter.

7 of the regions LAs were represented and the young people worked well all day with the support of Laura Edwards and Lewis Nelson, young workers attached to the Salford Young Carers Team.

The questionnaire they produced is impressive covering issues from Isolation to education from family support to poverty. They now need your help.

If you work in Greater Manchester with young people, in either youth or educational settings, tell young people about it, support young people in accessing and completing it.

This is the biggest test of young carers views ever carried out in the region, its being organised by young people, now they need you help.

The survey is for all carers aged 24 and under-there is no lower age limit as sadly caring never picks an age it picks a person.

 

https://goo.gl/forms/IxobyGdeamSqR0UR2