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    Support Hillingdon Carers

    Donate now   We estimate that there are around 26,000 unpaid carers in the London Borough of Hillingdon.  At Hillingdon Carers we aim to provide them with the support, advice and information necessary to assist them. We rely on the generosity of individual donations to help us continue our work. A monthly gift from as little […]

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    Britain’s Best Breakfast

    Hillingdon Carers is backing Britain’s Best Breakfast There are over 25,000 carers in the London Borough of Hillingdon Hillingdon Carers 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 over 25,000 carers in Hillingdon, many of whom would […]

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    Arts for Carers – spaces available

    This is an Arts for Carers Service that offers Carers the opportunity to access structured arts-based courses which allows them to take a short break from their caring responsibilities. They range from all sorts of themes from floristry, creative crafts and music appreciation. The project is supported by the London Borough of Hillingdon’s Residents Services […]

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    Volunteers needed

    Volunteering with Hillingdon Carers Hillingdon Carers is a local charity supporting people who look after relatives and friends with special needs, disabilities or long-term illness in the London Borough of Hillingdon       The benefits of volunteering: Enjoy being part of a thriving, friendly organisation Personal satisfaction, achievement and enjoyment Gaining skills and valuable […]

  • Sep
  • 09
  • 2014

Support Hillingdon Carers

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Support Hillingdon Carers

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We estimate that there are around 26,000 unpaid carers in the London Borough of Hillingdon.  At Hillingdon Carers we aim to provide them with the support, advice and information necessary to assist them.

We rely on the generosity of individual donations to help us continue our work. A monthly gift from as little as £5 would allow Hillingdon Carers to support and help them continue in their caring role while remaining healthy and managing a life of their own..

 

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  • Sep
  • 05
  • 2014

Britain’s Best Breakfast

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Britain's Best Breakfast

Hillingdon Carers is backing Britain’s Best Breakfast

There are over 25,000 carers in the London Borough of Hillingdon

Hillingdon Carers 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 over 25,000 carers in Hillingdon, many of whom would struggle without support from Hillingdon Carers. Many carers do not know they are a carer and that there is help out there for them.

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 locally through Britain’s Best Breakfast will help Hillingdon Carers support more unpaid carers in the borough through its direct work with carers.

The services we offer range from welfare benefits advice to breaks from caring such as carer cafes, trips, Active Gold exercise programme and the therapeutic care service run in partnership with British Red Cross.
Last year alone the organisation’s Carers Advisers helped carers to claim nearly £750,000 in benefit entitlements.

As young people start to return to study after the summer break, a report by Carers Trust shows that one quarter (26%) of young carers have experienced bullying at school because of their caring role. As well as working closely with schools and youth services, Hillingdon Carers  also provides a programme of clubs, emotional support, training and creative and adventure activities for the boroughs young carers, some as young as four years old.

Hillingdon Carers is a Network Partner of Carers’ Trust, the UK’s largest charity supporting carers. 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.bbbpostercereal

 

The highly-skilled team at Hillingdon Carers currently works with over 300 young people between ages of 5-18 years and nearly 5,000 adult carers.

Sally Chandler, the Chief Executive at Hillingdon Carers says

“We know from talking to the carers that we support that many of them do struggle with their caring responsibilities. Many have to give up full time employment, often creating financial difficulties for the extended family. Many also become lonely, isolated and  ill themselves because of the physical and emotional toll that caring can take.

That’s why we need to offer them help, advice 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.”

One parent carer describes the difference that the support has made to her life:

“When my son was first diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia I felt that my life had come to an end and over the years I began to lose my faith in humanity as slowly my friends and family began to desert me. On my first visit to the Hillingdon Carers and British Red Cross therapeutic care service in Ruislip I was filled with trepidation and anxiety but my fears were allayed in seconds as a shining angel in white escorted me into a quiet and calm room. I then experienced for the first time in seventeen years the joy of someone who really listened to my story of heartache and pain genuinely showing an interest.  I no longer felt alone in my suffering.

My hands and upper back were gently massaged and I could feel the tension begin to evaporate.  I had walked into heaven and could not believe what it difference it had made.  I have now had six sessions and it has changed my life.  I feel that I can keep going with caring for my son because I have been uplifted and because there are people who care and who do not cross onto the other side of the road.”

 

 

  • Aug
  • 20
  • 2014

Arts for Carers – spaces available

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Arts for Carers - spaces available

This is an Arts for Carers Service that offers Carers the opportunity to access structured arts-based courses which allows them to take a short break from their caring responsibilities.
They range from all sorts of themes from floristry, creative crafts and music appreciation.
The project is supported by the London Borough of Hillingdon’s Residents Services and is funded by a grant from Social Services.

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/Arts-for-carers

Globe Theatre Tour & Exhibition, London.

Thursday 11 September
9.30 am-3.15 pm in London.
Escorted visit to the Globe Theatre for a guided tour of the theatre and visit to the exhibition.

Chinese Brush Painting

4 week course: Mondays 29 September, 6, 13 & 20 October
10.00 am-2.00 pm in Ruislip Manor.
Learn the ancient art of brush painting. An opportunity for carers who missed out last time

Crystal Beading for Gifts

3 week course: Tuesdays  7, 14 & 21 October
10.00 am-1.00 pm in  Hayes.
Learn how to use crystal beads to design and create jewellery items such as earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets.

Calligraphy & Paper Crafts

5 week course: Mondays 3, 10, 17, 24 November & 1 December
10.00am-12.00 noon in Ruislip Manor.
Create a variety of bags, tags and boxes to a Christmas theme and personalise with calligraphy.

Create a Silver Ring

2 week course: Thursday 6 & 13 November
10.00 am-1.00 pm Uxbridge.
Design and make a beautiful silver ring as a gift for someone or to keep for yourself.

Introduction to Cake Decorating

2 week course: Saturdays 10 & 17 January 2015
10.00 am-1.00 pm in  Uxbridge.
Beginners’ guide to the techniques of cake decoration.

Create a Sculpture

5 week course: Tuesdays 13, 20, 27 January, 3 & 10 February 2015
11.00 am-2.00 pm in Harlington.
Model and carve clay to create a ceramic sculpture such as an animal using a selection of tools and discover various ways to finish your work.

Contact Hillingdon Carers 01895 811206 for further information and express your interest.

  • Jul
  • 28
  • 2014

Summer Newsletter 2014

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Summer Newsletter 2014

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  • Jul
  • 18
  • 2014

Volunteers needed

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Volunteers needed

Volunteering with Hillingdon Carers

Hillingdon Carers is a local charity supporting people who look after relatives and friends with special needs, disabilities or long-term illness in the London Borough of Hillingdon

 

 

 

The benefits of volunteering:

  • Enjoy being part of a thriving, friendly organisation
  • Personal satisfaction, achievement and enjoyment
  • Gaining skills and valuable experience plus receiving relevant support and training
  • Occupying time in a meaningful and constructive way
  • Be paid for travelling expenses

Volunteers at Hillingdon Carers are treated in the same respectful and courteous manner as paid members of staff. We hope that this will be a positive and rewarding experience bringing with it, its own challenges.
We allow our volunteers to develop their existing skills and acquire new ones for their own personal or academic development and enjoyment.

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Trustees

We wish to recruit new unpaid members to join our nine-strong governing body, the Board of Trustees.

We need people who can help direct Hillingdon Carers towards achieving its mission and ensure the organisation is effectively managed. You would need to be able to make a commitment to Hillingdon Carers and devote the necessary time; have strategic vision, independent judgement, an ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak your mind. Ideally, the new trustees will also have skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Knowledge/experience of being a carer
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing

We are particularly keen to maintain a diverse board of trustees, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We will pay trustees’ travel expenses and provide an induction into Hillingdon Carers work. You will be expected to contribute roughly one day a month of your time.

 

Assistant Information Technician 

Information Technology has fundamentally changed both the way that we live our lives and the way in which business is conducted. IT plays an integral role in all industries, and therefore provides an interesting and rewarding career with a progression of opportunities.

  • An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to work with the Carers Information Coordinator on our Social Media sites.
  • The suitable volunteer will need to be a flexible team worker, who is able to monitor and deliver a high quality service.
  • Good computer skills in packages such as MS office and WordPress will be important, along with excellent communication skills, stamina and a positive attitude towards training and personal development.
  • Some experience of computer technology would be preferable 
  • Given the opportunity to receive FREE training to update CV
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed
  • Receive regular  supervision from our internal Volunteer Manager

If you have a few hours spare and would like to volunteer, please contact the office on 01895 811206 or pop into our Information & Advice Centre. where you can pick up a Volunteers pack.

 

 

 

  • Jun
  • 18
  • 2014

Carers Conference 2014

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Carers Conference 2014

‘Am i being unreasonable?’

Equipping Carers to feel more confident in understanding what a ‘reasonable expectation’ might be when their relative of friend uses health, social care or other services.

If you were unable to attend the conference but would like to know the outcomes:

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