Healthwatch City of London bulletin 3 June 2021: Issue 36
Carers week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
For more information visit: https://www.carersweek.org/
Are you a carer and don’t know it? Get the support you need
If you regularly support someone with everyday tasks that they are unable to do for themselves, you are a carer, even if you have never seen yourself as such.
Caring for someone can mean:
- helping with washing or cooking
- taking them to a doctor’s appointment
- helping with household tasks, like managing bills and shopping
- offering support by keeping them company or calling them
City Connections can help you navigate services and support offers (from a carer’s allowance to free vaccines), find your care/life balance and more.
Contact City Connections on 0203 957 9844 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/carers
City Connections – Carers Week
City Connections is also celebrating Carers Week with a range of activities which including a Parent Carers event via Zoom to learn more about the Short Breaks policy for City of London Parent Carers. There is also a relaxing self-massage taster session open to Carers and non-carers as well as a Poetry with The Reader taster session where poems will be read on the theme of Caring.
For more information contact: City Connections | Health and wellbeing services in London’s square mile.
City Carers Community – Carers Week
City Carers Community invites you to a special 'carers week' ‘Share and Learn’ sessions for 45 minutes via Zoom. Open to unpaid carers or anyone who is looking after someone/ has looked after someone living in the City of London.
The residents share tips/advice they have come across in their own caring lives in the City. You may have a question eg "Where do you go for dental appointments? or has anyone tried cod oil?" or a general natter the options are endless.
The group is run by unpaid carers for city carers voluntarily. The next dates are Mondays 7th & 21st June. There are two times at 11.15am and 8pm. For more details and the Zoom Link please email: CityCarersCommunity@gmail.com
Upcoming Healthwatch City of London Events.
One of Healthwatch City of London’s purposes is to understand the needs, experiences and concerns of people who use health and social care services and to speak out on their behalf. To ensure we hear about and know of your concerns we run regular events. Ideally, we would like to hold them face to face, but because of the current pandemic we are restricted to Zoom events.
Please see a list of our events below with joining details.
Healthwatch City of London Board Meeting in Public – Friday 18th June
The next Board Meeting from Healthwatch City of London will be in Public on Friday 18th June between 1pm and 3pm. The meeting will be held over Zoom. We’ll be giving an update on the work we have carried out over the past few months. We will also be joined by Dr Chor and Dr Ugwu from the Neaman Practice who will give an overview of the action plans they have in place to address the issues we have raised with them recently.
If you’d like to join us, please send an email to email@example.com
Joining details: https://zoom.us/j/97628879229?pwd=S280MUNKNHRQalZlYXc5V2o0bGwyQT09
Meeting ID: 976 2887 9229 Passcode: 820796 Dial in: 0208 080 6591
Listening to City Carer’s event – Friday 25th June
The Listening to City Carer’s event is being held on Friday 25th June from 11:00 – 12:00. It is an opportunity for Carer’s to provide feedback on their experience of Health and Social Care. The event is for all unpaid carers who live in the City of London. We would love to hear from young carers too, if you know a young carer, please let them know about this forum.
Meeting ID: 942 0033 0324 Passcode: 187989 Dial in: 0208 080 6592
Mental Health and Wellbeing focus group - Friday 16th July
Healthwatch City of London is holding a Mental Health and Wellbeing Focus Group on Friday 16th June from 10:30 – 11:30. It is an opportunity for residents’ workers, students and service providers to discuss mental health provision in the City of London, identifying access issues and any gaps in service provision. The event is also for those who have noticed an impact that Covid has had on their mental health and are not getting any support.
Meeting ID: 990 5928 3997 Passcode: 462754 Dial in: 0208 080 6592
Diabetes Week runs from 14th June 2021 until 20th June 2021. The week is all about creating awareness of the condition and encouraging people to share their experiences of living with diabetes. Many other groups and organisations take part in diabetes week, hosting a wide variety of informative and fundraising events. It is organised by Diabetes U.K. to raise awareness of diabetes and what changes people can make in order to reduce the risk of diabetes.
For more information visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week
Toynbee Hall’s Workshop
Toynbee Hall are recruiting workshop participants who have experienced debt for a project in collaboration with Debt Free London. These sessions will be held in June and July 2021 and led by people with lived experience of debt. The focus will be on designing accessible and empowering advice services for people struggling to make ends meet. All those who participate will receive £25.
Register your interest at https://linktr.ee/toynbeehall
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
COVID-19 vaccines are now being offered to people aged 30 and over and people who will turn 30 before 1 July 2021. There are 2 ways to get a COVID-19 vaccine, book online now for appointments at a vaccination centre or a pharmacy or wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them.
Latest Covid-19 statistics for the City of London.
The joint City and Hackney Public Health Intelligence Team produce regular statistics on Covid-19 levels and vaccination uptake data in the City. The site is updated regularly and accessible at. https://hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus-data
Keep up to date with the latest advice
HWCoL are constantly updating our advice and information pages. Please make sure you visit them regularly.
Get in touch with Healthwatch City of London.
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