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Opportunities to Get Involved
Information Session – LD Community Access Workers
There is an information session on Adult Learning Disability Community Access Workers being held on 26th May at 7.00pm via Zoom. If you wish to attend please contact Jonathan on:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 028 8283 5124
Learning Disability Community Access Workers Margaret McDaid and Wendy Bonner will present on the evening about their roles.
Really hope all’s well with you.
My name is Trisha Forbes and I’m a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, School of Nursing and Midwifery. We are currently working on research which seeks to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on family carers of those with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities, with the aim of developing an online programme to support carers.
As part of this research, we are currently recruiting family carers to participate in focus groups online. We will be facilitating focus groups in each of the 5 regions of the UK and Ireland (i.e. NI, Republic of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales). Individuals who agree to participate will basically be required to fill out a short online questionnaire in their own time (which should take about 6 minutes) and take part in an online (Zoom) focus group discussion. The focus groups normally take between an hour and 90 minutes and these are scheduled at a time that is mutually suitable for all participants.
You will be given a £20 Amazon voucher as a small thank you for your involvement. More importantly, in the focus groups which have taken place so far, participants have reportedly found their involvement to be cathartic and a valuable time for reflection and peer support.
If you would like to hear more about the research, or are interested in participating or if you have any questions, please contact:
Friends Together Choir – Summer Concert
The ‘Friends Together’ Adult Learning Disability Choir are delighted to announce their upcoming Summer Concert.
The concert will take place at the Alley Theatre, Strabane on 7th June 2022 at 7PM.
Tickets cost £5 with all proceeds going to Cancer Research.
Come along and enjoy a wonderful evening of music and support this worthwhile charity.
For tickets contact the Alley Theatre Ticket Office: 028 7138 4444
Lilliput Summer Craft Fayre
Save the Date: Saturday 16th July 2022
11am – 3PM at The Playhouse Derry/Londonderry
Tables Available for £15
All proceeds to Lilliput Group Activities Funds
For more information or to book a table contact Clare Ellen on 07342061591
Carers Week 2022
The theme for this years carers week (6-12 June) is ‘making caring visible, valued and supported’.
Unpaid carers and the challenges of caring should be seen in all areas of life, caring should be valued and respected by everyone in our society, and carers should have the information and support they need. We hope you’ll help us spread the word about caring and support the carers in your community, so together we can make Carers Week 2022 the biggest and best ever.
Tuned In Project
The Tuned In Project uses the digital and creative arts, media and music to support people with Learning Disabilities to be different.
To find out more, visit the Tuned In Project Website.
Leonard Cheshire in NI
Leonard Cheshire help graduates with long term conditions or disabilities to secure placements with leading NI companies. More information.
Patient and Client Council Opportunities to Get Involved
Your Opportunity to Make Change
- Calling all families with lived experience of LD. The Patient and Client Council have begun engagement with a group of families whose loved ones have a learning disability. This group, that represents all 5 Trust areas in NI, has been meeting since August 2021, and has been involved in giving family perspective to a Services Remobilising Framework being prepared by the Public Health Agency, with the aim of safely scaling up Learning Disability services, which have been restricted since the pandemic began. If you would like to join the Learning Disability Engagement Platform for Families, visit https://bit.ly/3kJ5lfi or call Suzanne Collins, Projects Co-Ordinator at PCC on 07423810015 or email email@example.com. Click Here to view the flyer.
Planning for the Future Seminars 2022
Seminars for parents, learn how to ensure your child has a fulfilling, financially secure future.
- Gain support and information from Mencap’s Wills and Trusts Service
- Hear from a solicitor who specialises in this area
- Hear from other families in a similar situation
Book your place: Click Here or Telephone: 020 7695 6925
February – 3rd/24th March – 8th/17th/24th/31st April – 19th/28th May – 5th / 26th
June – 7th/ 30th August – 4th September – 15th/29th October – 6th/13th/27th
November – 8th/17th/24th December – 8th
Western Trust Carers Support Service
How do Carers Register for the Western Trust mailing list or activities?
To register, please email Carers.Support1@westerntrust.hscni.net
Carers not currently registered on the carers mailing list will be asked to complete a consent form for the mailing list.
Where Carers provide an email address they will receive weekly updates from the Carers Support team by signing up here. Please encourage Carers to register on the mailing list and provide an email address if they have one.
The WHSCT Carers Support Service provides information on a range of issues faced by carers. They also run walking groups in Omagh, Derry and Fermanagh. They can be contacted on 028 7135 5023 or 078 1015 6551
Spring Carers Newsletter
As we approach Carers Week 2022 we wanted to share the Spring Carers Newsletter with you . This issue of the Carers newsletter contains details of our Carer’s Week activities. Carer’s Week is a national week of celebration which takes place 6th -12th June 2022. This year’s theme is ‘Making caring visible, valued and supported’.
If you are a Carer or work with Carers please feel free to share this information. One of the online sessions during Carers Week is particularly relevant to Carers who are in full or part-time employment as well as having a caring role for a loved one.
‘Your Rights in Work’ will be delivered by Patricia Clarke from Carers Scotland on Zoom, see newsletter for details.
Who is a carer?
A Carer is someone who without payment provides care and support for a loved one who is ill, disabled or old and frail . The cared for person may be a family member, friend or neighbour.
The Carers Support Team
The Carers Support Team provide an information and sign posting service. We facilitate 4 Carers Walking Groups across the Western Trust geography. We offer a range of online programmes to promote carer health and wellbeing.
If you are a carer and wish to sign up for our mailing list and take part in any of the Carers Week activities please complete the Mailing List consent form and return to Carers.Support1@westerntrust.hscni.net
Please outline which activities you wish to attend.
Please note that the mailing list and carer activities are not open to Care Workers or Foster Carers.
- COVID19 Resources
Guidance on how to use Technology to keep in touch
Are you struggling a bit with digital technology? Would you like to find out how to use it to keep in touch with family and friends? If you’re having problems with your tablet, laptop or phone, or would simply like more information Libraries NI can help you.
They have help sheets on useful apps – for health and exercise, cooking, crafting, playing games and even parking! Libraries NI can help you keep in touch on social media and give you tips on staying safe online.
If you need any assistance simply phone the Libraries NI digital team on 028 9039 5989 (Monday – Friday 9:15am – 4:45pm) with a brief description of how you need help with digital technology and library staff will phone you within 48 hours with free, helpful advice.
Carers ID Card
The Health Minister has launched a new ID cares to support carers. Similar to IDs for healthcare workers, carers will be able to show their ID in stores to get access to priority shopping hours. The card is available to those currently in receipt of Trust services. To request a card contact the keyworker (Social Worker/Nurse/CPN) involved with the person you care for.
Free Online "Stress Contol" Course
If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways to support your mental health and emotional wellbeing, you are invited to participate in this renowned six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class.
Foyle Women's Information Network
Foyle Women’s Information Network have daily online events accessible to all via their Facebook page. Classes and activities range from crafts to cookery as well as live music and mental health strategies. They also have a monthly Book Club.
Carers NI operate an information service for carers dealing with a range of issues such as benefits, community care and services for carers. They provide a wide range of leaflets and booklets and a regular newsletter. They offer the opportunity to meet with other carers through a network of local groups to share experiences and reduce feelings of isolation.
Other Support Resources and Helplines
- Lifeline – a crisis-response helpline service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are in distress or despair, you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 and talk to an experienced counsellor in confidence.
- Samaritans – A safe space for you to talk: 116 123
- CAUSE – Visit the CAUSE website or telephone 028 9065 0650 helpline 080 0103 2833
- Western Trust Mental Health Services
- For all other local helplines for a variety of services in Northern Ireland, please visit: Helplines Network NI