• art & crafts

    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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    Virgin Money London Marathon 26 April 2015

    Martin Cater, our Young Carers Support Worker, will be running in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 26 April 2015, raising vital funds for Young Carers. The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the great British sporting events, combining elite athletics, mass participation and record-breaking fundraising in one race. The course is a gruelling […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

  • Dec
  • 16
  • 2014

Keeping Warm this Winter

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Cold weather payments – UK-wide

If the average temperature recorded or forecast over seven days in a row in your local area is zero degrees Celsius (freezing) or less, you you will receive an automatic payment if you are on an income-related benefit, such as:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit
    and
  • you have a child under five in your family, or
  • you have a child for whom you get child tax credit or income support with an extra amount for their disability, or
  • you get an extra amount for disability, or for being over state pension age and you don’t live in a care home

Help with fuel bills and keeping warm

Get the whole family involved in thinking about ways to save energy; they’ll become energy conscious and may well think of something you haven’t.

There are many simple ways of making your home more energy efficient. For example, did you know that:

•   turning down your thermostat by just 1°C can cut your fuel bills by up to 10%
•   you could save £50 a year just by draught proofing
•   zipping up your hot water cylinder with a 75mm lagging jacket could save you £35 per year but cost just £10
•   just switching off lights in empty rooms and corridors can save you up to 15% on your bill
•   when cooking, boil water for saucepans in a kettle – it’s quicker and cheaper. Chopping food into smaller chunks will also make cooking them quicker and cheaper. Always keep a lid on your saucepan!
•   washing at 30°C uses 40% less electricity than washing at 40°C – make sure you wash a full load
•   switching off appliances, rather than leaving them on standby can save £80 a year. This includes computer screens.
•   If you have any chargers that feel hot to the touch when you switch them off unplug them, as they’re still draining energy.

Preparing for Winter

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  • Dec
  • 16
  • 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

Acrylic Painting 

5 weeks: Thursday 15, 22, 29 January, 5 & 12 February
10.00am-1.00pm in Uxbridge. 

Have fun experimenting with acrylic paints.  You will learn about the craft of painting by using basic acrylic techniques.  Each week you will cover a different aspect and subject matter.

Make a Summer Hat & Tote Bag 

5 weeks: Tuesday 24 February, 3, 10, 17 & 24 March
10.00am-12.30pm in Uxbridge 

Join in this fun and creative textiles course to make your own individual summer hat and tote bag.  Full instruction and guidance will be given.

Acoustic Guitar for Beginners

6 weeks: Wednesday  7, 14, 21, 28 January, 4 & 11 February
12.00noon-2.00pm in Harlington

This course is designed to encourage learners to have fun while learning to play the guitar. Carers will be provided with their own guitar and soft case which will be theirs to keep at the end of the course.

Singing for Fun

4 weeks: Tuesday 20, 27 Jan, 3 & 10 Feb
12.00noon-2.00pm in Ruislip Manor

This course is all about enjoying some well-deserved ‘me time’ by joining in some light hearted group singing for fun and pleasure. Absolutely no experience necessary.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs panto

Tuesday 30 December 1.30pm

The fairest pantomime in the land will be brought to life from page to stage in an unmissable production complete with stunning sets, beautiful costumes and an abundance of comedy.
TV Star and renowned actress Linda Robson leads the cast as the Wicked Queen.
We have a limited number of seats available for this matinee performance at the Beck Theatre provided free of charge to carers by the Arts for Carers project

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

 

  • Dec
  • 01
  • 2014

Winter Newsletter 2014

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Hillingdon Carers Office/Advice Centre open times:

22 Dec – Normal office hours – Advice Centre 10am – 2pm

23 Dec – Normal office hours – Advice Centre 10am – 4pm

24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 Dec - CLOSED

29 / 30 / 31 Dec – Office/Advice Centre CLOSEDTelephone contact only

1 Jan 2015 – New Years Day

2 Jan – Office/Advice Centre CLOSEDTelephone contact only

5 Jan 2015 – Normal office hours & Advice Centre opening

 

In an emergency please contact

London Borough of Hillingdon  01895 250111

Social Care Direct 01895 556633.

Ambulance, Police or Fire Services  999

NHS Direct 111

 

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  • Nov
  • 21
  • 2014

Virgin Money London Marathon 26 April 2015

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Virgin Money London Marathon 26 April 2015

Martin Cater, our Young Carers Support Worker, will be running in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 26 April 2015, raising vital funds for Young Carers.

The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the great British sporting events, combining elite athletics, mass participation and record-breaking fundraising in one race. The course is a gruelling 26 miles 385 yards long, passing through the streets of London from Blackheath to the famous finish line at The Mall.

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015

This is Martin’s first marathon, so we need to give him all the support we possible could, before and after the race.

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Martin says:

As a Young Carers Support Worker, I help to support young people between the ages of 5 and 18 who have a caring role. These young people are often unable to have the same experiences as other children their own age. Their caring role means that they take on extra responsibilities at home and are exposed to complex situations that far exceed that of an ‘average’ child.        

The money you donate will go towards activities for young and adult carers; these aim to give respite from daily caring responsibilities (even if it’s just for an hour) and the chance to socialise with others who understand what it means to be a carer.

All donations will be really appreciated (and any invitations for a massage accepted!) as I try to reach this obscene target of running 26 miles.

Oh and one more thing, I’ll be running the marathon in Lederhosen… lederhosen

go go go Martin

Please donate on Martin’s page:

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  • Oct
  • 23
  • 2014

Young Carers Create Art Project

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Young Carers Create Art Project

We were very lucky this summer to have the opportunity to work with charity called Create, who worked with young carers across London engaging them with projects to increase confidence and self esteem. During the school holidays we were part of a project to paint a mural on a wall in the Uxbridge Intu Shopping Centre.

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A group of 15 young carers had access to a professional author and artist who helped them to create a story that they then converted into artwork. The young carers involved all agreed that they felt very proud of the mural and were what they have achieved, and were keen for all their friends and family to see the finished product.

 

      The outcome is brilliant if you want to see the finished wall it is on the bottom floor of the Intu centre between Debenhams and New Look.

  • Oct
  • 15
  • 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 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

Northwood Carers Cafe Helper

We need someone who is committed to helping once a month at our Northwood Carers Cafe. These are held on 2nd Tuesday of every month between 2.00 – 3.30pm.
Your duties would be

  • Help preparing, meet and greet carers as they come in.
  • Serving refreshments.
  • Keep the kitchen clean/tidy.
  • Joining in with activities
  • Clearing up afterwards
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed

There is the availability to help at any of our Carers Cafes around the borough.

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.

 

 

 

  • Sep
  • 09
  • 2014

Support Hillingdon Carers

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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 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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