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Mental Health Accountability Meeting

There is to be another accountability meeting for service users and carers of mental health services, this time for the south of the county.

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You may be interested in reading the minutes and notes made of the last meeting in November, held in Coventry. This will give you an idea of the issues raised.

Notes from the last meeting

A big heart

Before our Afternoon, our NCS team held a Campaign Day in Stratford-upon-Avon, meeting members of the public and telling them about us and what it's like to be a carer. They asked those they met to write a positive message supporting carers and then they stuck them all on to a large heart. 


We are going to spend some time at our meeting in October looking more closely at the messages and then we'll stick them all into a book so that we can look at them in the future when we need perking up.

What a tea we had!

It was a beautiful, warm and sunny afternoon; what a day to come and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea.

In the morning a team of youngsters from the National Citizen Service arrived with the shopping, having raised money earlier in the week to pay for all that was needed. They organised themselves and set to making sandwiches, creating bunting to decorate the Village Hall, menus for the tables and putting a hamper together for the raffle. What a super team we had to help us, so willing to help. We had met them ten days earlier when they came to Kineton to learn all about our group, what we do and how we support carers at all stages of their caring journey. Most importantly, they met some of our members and talked to them to gain an insight into what it's like to be a carer.

Our tea was a great success. The team worked so hard, serving and mingling with our guests. Three of them took it in turns to play the piano to entertain with a little background music, which was greatly enjoyed and appreciated. 

Everyone agreed that it was a great way to raise some funds to keep our important work going.

Our team of youngsters from The National Citizens ServiceOur team of youngsters from The National Citizens Service

 Guests enjoying a natter at the end of the teaGuests enjoying a natter at the end of the tea

Carers4Carers is holding their second Afternoon Tea

Come and join us on the afternoon of August 18th for a delightful full Afternoon Tea. Buy your tickets soon. Last year we sold out!

This year we are working in association with National Citizen Service. A team of 15 - 17 year olds will be helping us as part of a community project, through which they will develop skills for adult life. We are looking forward to working with them.

 

 

Calling all carers to have their say about carer support

A one-off meeting on Thursday 17th September 2015 at Kineton Methodist Church

The contract for carer support for Warwickshire expires in February 2016.

Claire Hall, the Commissioner for Carer Support and Care at Home, is preparing a redesigned and refreshed Joint Strategy for Carer Support and is looking to engage with carers to discover what they are looking for from the service. She has asked to meet Carers4Carers' members for a short, 1 hour meeting to learn their views.

If you would like to participate in this golden opportunity to shape the future of Carer Support in the county, do please come to the meeting. If you want to know more, then phone 07947 893 504.

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We really did put on the Ritz on June 19th. 

Approximately 45 people sat down for a proper afternoon tea at Kineton Village Hall. They enjoyed dainty sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and fancy cakes all served on pretty plates and cake stands. With our pianist setting the mood, craft stalls and a full raffle table, this really was a successful event. Just over £250 was raised. 

Our thanks go to all those who worked so hard to make it possible and donated cakes and raffle prizes and of course also to our delightful clientele who clearly enjoyed themselves.

The hall was full of happy people enjoying our Afternoon TeaThe hall was full of happy people enjoying our Afternoon TeaRev Dawn surveys the sandwiches before we start. Have we made enough?Rev Dawn surveys the sandwiches before we start. Have we made enough?

                        .......................................................                                                                                                           Carers' Week - June 8th - 14th

Our table in the entrance of SainsburysOur table in the entrance of Sainsburys

 

 

Carers4Carers was invited to have an information table in the entrance of the new Sainsbury's in Wellesbourne,  for the whole of Carers' Week. Three volunteers took it in turns to be on hand during the week and met both carers and cared for. They were able to provide information about services that might be able to help them.