News & Blog News Your June 2019 Newsletter News Working with us Events & training News Carers Week is coming up! 10th - 16th June Carers Week was established by Carers UK 25 years ago and is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges unpaid carers face. Caring can be hugely rewarding but it can also have an impact on all aspects of a carer’s life. Looking after someone without the right information and support can be tough. This is why the theme for Carers Week 2019 is Getting Carers Connected. Are you a carer? A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, or who needs extra help as they grow older. Every day 6,000 people in the UK will start looking after someone close to them, unpaid. For many, caring is something that happens gradually when someone becomes older, or has a progressive illness. For others, it arises suddenly, for example as the result of an accident or stroke. If you're a carer and haven't had an an assessment, contact the social services team of the local authority where the person you care for lives Caring is something that will affect each and every one of us, whether we become a carer or need care ourselves. How will an assessment help? An assessment is not a test of your abilities as a carer. It will help provide an overview of your own needs and what you can manage. Some people also find they qualify for extra support. Bear in mind that assessments don’t just apply as a one-off when you start caring. As your circumstances change, or as the person’s needs develop over time, you can ask to be reassessed. Arranging for an assessment of your needs as a carer could be the first step to gaining some vital support.Time out in Adur - Carers Respite When you are caring for someone it’s really important you get some time to yourself. We support older frail people and people with Dementia, and arrange suitable transport so that your loved one is picked up and returned home safely. Our trained staff and volunteers will work with you and your loved one to put together a programme of activities that suit your needs and interests. Activities for older people, people with support needs, and people with Dementia in Shoreham and Lancing We can take your loved one out for a day trip locally. We will speak to you and your loved one to find where you would like to visit and what activities appeal to you. Our trained staff and volunteers will pick up your loved one in accessible transport, and take them out for the day with a group. Day trips are offered 40 weeks of the year, and are on Mondays and Tuesdays each week. The day trips include trips to the cinema, days on Worthing or Brighton Pier, pub lunches in beautiful surroundings, Afternoon Teas, and visits to local garden centres. We also plan trips at special times of year, including Christmas and autumn, spring and summertime. For more information, and to book a service assessment, visit our website here: https://www.independentlives.org/carers-respiteGovernment Holds a Consultation on Changing Places toilets The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are consulting on their plans to increase the provision of changing places toilets. They’re proposing making changing places toilets a mandatory requirement in all building regulations. To view the full consultation, please click here. To respond to the consultation, please click here Responses must be submitted by 21 July 2019.Tell us how we’re doing! If you value the work we do and the service we provide, please consider leaving a review on our social media feeds and our Google page. With every positive review we receive, our reach expands to allow us to support even more people and continue to change peoples’ lives for the better. To leave us a Facebook review, please click here. To leave us a Google review, please click here, then scroll down and click ‘write a review’. Please note, you’ll need to be logged in to Facebook and Google to leave reviews.Finally, a reminder... The office is having a new phone system installed this Friday (07 June) so you may not be to reach us via phone for a period of time. You can read more here.