Fortnightly Online Open-Meeting that any GMP Carer can join.
Run by Carers Lead, Gemma Collins, and DCC Carers Caseworker, Lynne White.
Alternate Fridays at 2pm - 3pm
These meetings were started in the 1st lockdown to ensure that Carers felt able to access the support that had been offered face-to-face proir to the pandemic.
Carers from across The Vale Network join via Teams to chat, offer and request advice, and know that they are not alone.
- Friday 6th August
- Friday 20th August
- Friday 3rd September
- Friday 17th September
The Leonardo Trust – New short breaks service for Carers!
Leonardo Trust are launching a new respite service for unpaid carers (Short Breaks 4 Carers, Time out for you) from 17th May 2021.
They have a lovely 2 bedroom static Holiday Caravan at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, near Bridport which is being offered to carers via referral from health & social care professionals and agencies.
This is a brilliant opportunity for carers to utilise, particularly after a very difficult and tough year.
Please see attached the leaflet with more information.
Dorset Carers Hub & Community Share Picnic
It's here ! the carers picnic is happening on August 28th, come and take a break and lets make you feel valued.
Saturday 28th August 12.30 - 5pm
Dementia in Farming
Please find attached a pdf of the Farming Community Network (FCN), Dementia in Farming information.
FCN is a national charity providing support to farmers and farming families during difficult times. There is a ‘Jennifer’s story’ section in the pdf who cares for her husband and demonstrates how FCN supported her as a carer.
Dorset Carers Reference Group
For some time now there has been an established Carers Reference Group for carers within BCP Council.
Carer Support Dorset (CSD) have been in place since November 2019 and are now well established and doing such great things. CSD, are now looking at starting up and supporting a Carers Reference Group for Dorset Council carers!
A Carers Reference Group consists of a group of carers who come together to represent unpaid carers and have their voice heard in order to shape and develop services for carers. It’s a really exciting opportunity and one that many carers may really value being involved with.
Please share this opportunity far and wide with carers. A poster is attached. Thank you.
Live Well Dorset Virtual Health MOT
Live Well Dorset are offering a FREE Virtual Health MOT. During your MOT, they will demonstrate the range of personalised tools and support available, including behaviour change coaching, as well as linking you into the registration team at LiveWell if you're keen to get started with setting yourself some goals.
Whatever your current health status or age, the Virtual MOT will provide an opportunity for personalised support and advice.
Dates are limited at present, but more will be added in the future.
Upcoming Carer Support Dorset Events
To register for any of these events, phone us on 0800 368 8349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 30 September, 10am–12noon. A two-hour live virtual training session with Consultus Care, covering what Parkinson’s disease is, the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, treatment options available and what Parkinson’s UK does and support available to carers based in Dorset.
Repeated on Thursday 14 October, 10am–12noon.
Carer Support Dorset - Caring Matters
Message from CSD to registered carers:
Twice a year, we send you Caring Matters, a magazine aimed at supporting carers across the wider Dorset area. We would really like your views about the magazine, which is produced in partnership by BCP council, Dorset Council and the NHS.
The last edition of the magazine we sent you included a short questionnaire on the back page – if you still have it, we would be very grateful if you could complete and return it to the address provided. Alternatively, you can complete it online.
FREE Online Course for Carers in the South West