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Cambridgeshire Caring Events

Posted on January 9th, 2020

 

The new year has plenty to offer to the carers in our community and those that they care for in terms of activities, support and information. Whether you want to get more active, want to connect with other carers in the area or feel you would benefit from a workshop, Caring Together has compiled a list of everything that’s taking place in the coming months, chosen specifically for people who may need additional support with caring or with disabilities. There is also information on useful advice lines or services which may be beneficial.

We’ve listed all the events taking place around Huntingdon & St Ives with times and venues included. A full list of events and venues (such as Ely, March and Peterborough) can be found on the Caring Together website.

 

Love to Move

The Love to Move Programme is an age and dementia friendly seated gymnastics programme which is transforming the lives of people living with dementia and Parkinson’s. It provides physical, emotional and cognitive benefits for those living with dementia and Parkinson’s and are designed to get you moving more and having fun. Before attending, please get in touch with either Kim Hall (07715081402), Jane Thomas (07731 097236) or Polly Carpenter-O’Driscoll (07721 068606) depending on which session you plan to attend.

Where and when?

Mondays, 10.00am – 12.15pm
Dementia (except the 2nd Monday of the month or bank holidays)
Crossways Christian Centre, 29a Ramsey Road, St Ives, PE27 3TB
Get in touch with either Kim, Jane or Polly

Thursdays, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Parkinsons (£4 per class)
Main Hall, Methodist Church, 17 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TJ
Get in touch with Kim Hall

 

Family Carer Hubs

Organised by Caring Together, Family Carer Hubs not only provide a chance to catch up with other carers in your area but also offer practical support, information and training for your caring role as well as emotional support and guidance. Community-based help and support, including social groups, activities, training and well being offer support for carers and the people they care for. This enables carers to have a short break in the hub, knowing that the person that they care for is taking part in safe, meaningful and enjoyable activities.

Where and when?

Every third Monday of the month, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Ramsey Library, 25 Great Whyte, Ramsey, PE26 1HA
Call 0345 241 0954 for more information

 

Pinpoint ADHD / ASD Parent Group

If you have a son or daughter with autism or an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, then the Pinpoint Parent Group could benefit you. In the sessions, you can receive practical advice on how to help your child and also get ideas from visiting speakers and other parents on topics like boosting your resilience and how to work with your child at home to benefit their behaviour. Your child doesn’t need a diagnosis for you to come along; it may be that you’re currently accessing services, are on the waiting list or have had a referral turned down.

Where and when?

Next group: Tuesday 14th of January, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Hunts Forum, The Maple Centre, 6 Oak Drive, Huntingdon, PE29 7HN
To book a space at this group, call 01480 877333 (please leave a message if no answer) or email Jackie or Ester.

 

Reminiscence at The Norris Museum

Taking place at the Norris Museum , these sessions are tailored for those who live with dementia and their carers and who enjoy reminiscing, sharing stories and handling objects from the past to stimulate memories and conversations. The events are free to attention but donations are welcomed whilst refreshments are provided at the event.

Where and when?

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10.30am – 11.30am
The Norris Museum, 41 The Broadway, St Ives, PE27 5BX
To book into a session, contact Susan Bate on 01480 497314 or email at info@norrismuseum.org.uk

 

Young Onset Dementia Group

Are you living with someone with Young Onset Dementia? Would you like to talk with others in a similar caring role? Attend one of the Young Onset Dementia sessions for additional support and to gain ideas as to how to care for those with onset dementia. There is no need to book and sessions are free.

Where and when?

Every third Monday of the month, 3.00pm – 5.00pm
The Golden Lion, Market Hill, St Ives, PE27 5AL
To show your interest, get in touch with Ruth on 07827 159307 or email ruth.eod@yahoo.com 

 

Memory Cafe

Established by The Rotary Club of Huntingdon, the Memory Cafe is a place where people with various forms of memory loss and their carers can visit to support each other and have some fun. Enjoy music, entertainment, informational talks as well as singing in pleasant surroundings.

Where and when?

The last Wednesday of the month, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Hartford Village Hall, 16 Main Street, Hartford, Huntingdon, PE29 1YS
For more information, call 01480 417001 or email memorycare@rotary-huntingdon.co.uk

 

Parkinson’s Support Group

Parkinson’s UK offers information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. The charity organises groups in both St Ives and Ramsey for people affected by Parkinson’s to attend whether that be living with the symptoms of Parkinson’s or helping a loved one with their diagnosis. To attend either group, get in touch with Lisa Lowe on 0344 225 3614 or email llowe@parkinsons.org.uk

Where and when?

Ramsey Support Group
Second Wednesday of the month, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Ramsey Resource Centre, Stocking Fen Road, Ramsey, PE26 1SA

St Ives Support Group
First Wednesday of the month, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Dolphin Hotel, London Road, St Ives, PE27 5EP

 

Enhanced Response Service (ERS)

The ERS is a non-emergency service registered with the Care Quality Commission to help provide social care activities and can provide assistance to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their target response time i 60 minutes and they can help with people who need help after a fall, can provide person care that’s needed in urgent / unplanned circumstances and can provide reassurance following an instance at home.

For more information, click here to download their help sheet. Alternatively, you contact them by telephoning on 0345 045 5202 or emailing on careinfo@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

 

Deafblind UK Advice Line

As we get older, our eyesight and hearing begin to deteriorate which can be frustrating and difficult to deal with. It can impact not only our own care and well being but our ability to provide care to others who may be dependant on someone, such as being unable to drive or get out the house.

Deafblind UK have an information and advice line for people who are losing their sight or hearing and may need some support or guidance. You can get in touch with them for free by calling 0800 132320, texting the team at 07950 008870 or emailing at info@deafblind.org.uk

 

My Guide

If you are experiencing sight loss and feel you would benefit from some training or need support in making adjustments, My Guide is here to provide assistance and skills like sight-guiding to help you regain your confidence. Once you get in touch, a volunteer will be provided to help you get out and about and is on hand to provide training to friends and family to help you further.

For more information, contact Guide Dogs on 0345 143 0223 or email mobilityteam@guidedogs.org.uk

 

Total Voice

Would you like support to understand your rights and make decisions and health and social care? It can be very daunting when it comes to understanding the legal and statutory procedures involved with social care which is Total Voice offer advocacy support for family carers in order to speak / act on their behalf or offer the support for carers to speak up for themselves.  With their help, carers can be supported and be given the tools to do as much as they can for themselves as well as how to get support from the people around them in the community.

In order to benefit from these services, you will need a referral to Total Voice by your local adult social services but for more information, get in touch with Total Voice by calling 0300 222 5704 or emailing them at tvcp@voiceability.org

 

Safe & Well Visits

If you’re worried about fire safety in the home of you or someone you care about, the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service offers a free Safe & Well check. A visit lasts no more than an hour and a dedicated fire safety expert will check any fire alarms in the home and replace them if need be. They will also look at how to prevent falls in the home and ways to keep safe and warm.

To book a visit, call the team at 0800 9179994 or email them at firefire@cambsfire.gov.uk

 

 

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