January 2016 Newsletter

Bridgend Carers Centre Newsletter Jan 2016

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Crossroads CHRISTMAS SOCIAL THURSDAY 4 DECEMBER AT HI TIDE INN 7 FOR 7.30 p.m.

 

Crossroads CHRISTMAS SOCIAL THURSDAY 4 DECEMBER AT HI TIDE INN 7 FOR 7.30 p.m.

Come to our social this December, when Heather Jones will be singing a variety of folk AND Christmas songs to get us all into the FESTIVE spirit!

 

Huge  raffle  and our Friends of Crossroads Care Bridgend “100 Club” prize draw,  with cash prizes.

 

Ticket price £8 (including glass of wine or juice and mince pie) Please phone or email our office for tickets.

 

Tel: 01656 784100 Email: bridgend.county@crossroads.org.uk

An information event for Mental Health Carers

Do you care?
A free event for families and friends who are supporting someone with mental illness.

Supporting a loved one through the system
Planning for a crisis
General information and advice
Rights of relatives and next of kin

10am – 4pm on 25th November at Cardiff Story Museum, The Hayes, Cardiff.

To book your free place email rebecca.cicero@hafal.org or call or text 07792 653205.
Lunch & refreshments provided.

Hafal carers event Cardiff

Britains Best Breakfast Tommrow 10-12 at the carers centre

                                                      

 

 

BRIDGEND CARERS CENTRE IS BACKING BRITAIN’S BEST BREAKFAST

There are 18,000 carers in Bridgend County Borough

On Friday 17th October from 10am until 12 noon Bridgend Carers Centre is gearing up to take part in Britain’s Best Breakfast, a national fundraising campaign organised by Carers Trust raising money to support unpaid carers.

There are 18,000 carers in Bridgend County Borough, many of whom would struggle without support from their local Carers Centre.

Britain’s Best Breakfast will encourage people to hold a breakfast event during October 17-19 2014 for their friends, family and work colleagues and raise money for Carers Trust. For more information about the campaign text egg to 70660 or visit.www.britainsbestbreakfast.org

Money raised through Britain’s Best Breakfast will help Bridgend Carers Centre support more unpaid carers through its direct work with carers and people with care needs like Simon who juggles caring for his children and his wife Penny who has disability. Simon also volunteers at the weekly Community Café as this gives him time out from caring and he enjoys doing something different and giving something back to the Centre that supports him in his caring role.

Bridgend Carers Centre is a Network Partner of Carers Trust, the UK’s largest charity supporting carers. Locally, Bridgend Carers Centre supports over 2,500 of carers in the Bridgend County Borough. Support includes information and signposting to services and  support, one to one appointments at the Centre and at home, training, information on  benefits and legal matters, days out to give welcome breaks to carers, walks, Tai Chi and other exercise opportunities to promote positive health and wellbeing to carers. In addition the Carers Centre offers opportunities for carers to meet up, volunteer and socialise at the weekly Community Café and at other events.

Nationally, there are seven million unpaid carers in the UK and three in five of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. Research also shows that:

  • In England and Wales, just under one million (950,000) people over 65 are carers.
  • 65% of older carers (aged 60–94) have long-term health problems or a disability themselves.
  • One in five carers gives up employment to care.

Helen Pitt, Bridgend Carers Centre Manager says “We know from talking to the carers that we support that many of them do struggle with their caring responsibilities. That’s why we need to offer them help, support and breaks and why we are taking part in this fundraising campaign to help many more carers in our area. Carers come from all walks of life and almost all will need support from a service like ours.”

‘To have an event to look forward to, to get out from the daily situation, meet people, chat, laugh without feeling guilty,  because other carers understand. We are so grateful to the Centre for all its hard work’

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Further information:

For more information please contact:

Helen Pitt Centre Manager Bridgend Carers Centre 01656 658479

Notes to editors:

  1. Helen Pitt Centre Manager Bridgend Carers Centre 01656 658479
  2. Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. We do this with our Network Partners – a unique network of 124 independent carers’ centres, 73 Crossroads Care schemes and 107 young carer’s services. Together we work as one organisation united by a shared vision for carers – to make sure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK.