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As we enter August, we wanted to share with you all a reminder of our upcoming Support Groups taking place over the summer and into September.

This is not just a month of (hopefully) beautiful weather, but also a time of new beginnings at Sutton Carers Centre. We are pleased to be reviving the Dementia Carers Peer Support Group for Sutton, in partnership with our friends at Age UK Sutton as they work to increase support for people with Dementia and their families. Our long-standing partnerships with Alzheimer's Society Sutton and the Admiral Nursing Service will also be going from strength to strength.
Please scroll below to find out more!


Sutton Carers Centre Virtual Support Groups

Please find below the latest free, specialist virtual support groups running at SCC for Adult, Young and Young Adult Carers during August and September.

At present, most all our groups remain virtual, but we will be reviewing this over time and will reach out to you when this changes, likely no earlier than mid-September but this is under constant review. Your safety and wellbeing is our priority.

Please see below, and if you have any other helpful ideas for groups you would like us to set up, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Hope to see you joining us on Zoom soon - and please don't forget that you can dial in, too!


Please visit our website: https://www.suttoncarerscentre.org/virtual-support-groups for our weekly schedule of virtual support groups.

As always, you also can call us on 020 8296 5611 or email enquiries@suttoncarerscentre.org or youngcarers@suttoncarerscentre.org.

ADULT CARERS GROUPS (age 18+)

  

***BRAND NEW***
Dementia Peer Support Group: Tuesdays 11:00am - 12:00pm (weekly)
MEETINGS: 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st August and 7th, 14th, 21st* & 28th September

Sutton Carers Centre is thrilled to announce that we will be facilitating a Peer Support Group for Carers who support someone with Dementia. 

Background:
As some of you may be aware, a Peer Support Group has been run by Alzheimer's Society Sutton for many years, but they have decided to focus more on their Information and Advice Services as well as maintaining their CRISP training programme for Carers (which SCC has been funding for a number of years with monies from the Council). As you do know, SCC specialises in group as well as individual support services - and Dementia Carers have shared with us many ideas they have - so we are setting up this new group to start next week.

This is funded by an initial short-term Dementia services contract with the Council, lead partners being Age UK Sutton. Alongside our Carers group, they are developing Peer Support and wellbeing sessions for people with dementia and their families (please see below). 

What is new:
The Dementia Carers Peer Support Group will run weekly and our lead facilitator will be Gary, who some of you may know already, also having been a Dementia Carer himself - and the group will be co-facilitated by our Nick, and our newest member of staff Virginia, colleagues who again will be familiar from the 'Carers Connect' group and other Centre activities. 

*Please note that from September, every third Tuesday of each month, our morning meeting will be replaced by an evening meeting via Zoom for Working Carers and other Carers who are unable to make the morning meeting. This group will run from 6:30pm - 7:30pm, which means that our first evening session will take place on Tuesday 21st September with no morning session at 11am.

Please contact gary@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information.
 
Our lead partner Age UK Sutton's Dementia Wellbeing Support Group for people living with Dementia and their family and friends will run every Thursday between 11:00am - 12:00pm. For further details please contact Age UK Sutton on 020 8078 0002 or please give us a call. We will be in attendance at that group as well, for any Carer-specific queries and to help co-develop our services over time, with community voices and opinions at the centre. 
 
For more information about the Admiral Nursing Service for Sutton, or Alzheimer's Society Sutton, please give us a call on 020 8296 5611 or click here

We are in the process of compiling a Carer-specific information sheet for both Adult and Young Carers which we look forward to sharing with you soon!

 
Carers Relaxation Group: Monday 10:30am - 12:30pm (weekly)
NEXT MEETINGS: 9th, 16th & 23rd August and 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th September
This group is a chance for Adult Carers to take a break from caring and meet other Carers virtually in a friendly, supportive group. Relaxation CDs are played, interspersed with informal chat and a cuppa. Held every Monday except for Bank Holidays via Zoom, 10:30am - 12:30pm.

Please contact celia@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information. 
 
Mental Health Carers Support Group: Wednesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm (monthly)
NEXT MEETINGS: 18th August and 15th September
This group is focused on Carers supporting an adult with a mental health condition, enabling you to share experiences and support each other. The virtual group meets on the third Wednesday of the month 2pm - 4pm. 
Please contact 
celia@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information.

 
Complex Needs Carers Support Group: Tuesdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm (every 6 weeks)
NEXT MEETING: 14th September
Jointly run by Sutton Carers Centre and Carers Support Merton, this virtual group is for people caring for an adult who has a personality disorder. The first half is dedicated to peer support and the second half focusses on information and resources to help you in your caring role. The group runs every 6 weeks on Tuesday evenings, 6pm - 8pm.
Please contact 
celia@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information. 
 
Male Carers Group: Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:00pm (monthly)
NEXT MEETINGS: 17th August and 21st September
A group specifically for men caring for a relative, partner or friend, providing the opportunity to meet other Male Carers, share experiences and have a break. The Male Carers Group meets via Zoom on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm - 8pm. 

Please contact celia@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information.
 
'Carers Connect' Coffee Morning: Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00pm (fortnightly)
NEXT MEETINGS: 19th August and 2nd, 16th & 30th September
Carers Connect is our alternative virtual Coffee Morning, running every other Thursday, from 11am - 12noon. The purpose is to give Carers a break from their caring role for an hour, with the opportunity to socialise with other Carers in an informal, online space.

Please contact nicola@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information.     
                           
Parent Carer Support Group: 
Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00pm (monthly) NEXT MEETING: 9th September
Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm (monthly) NEXT MEETING: 14th September
Our friendly Parent Carer Support Group moved online with a monthly Tuesday evening get-together 7:00pm - 8:00pm, as well as a monthly Thursday morning group 11:00am - 12:00pm. The group is an informal space to chat with other parents who are Carers of children/teenagers with ASD, ADHD, severe anxiety and other additional needs.
Please contact 
corinne@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information.

YOUNG and YOUNG ADULT CARERS GROUPS (ages 8-25)

  

Young Carers 'Chill and Learn': Mondays 4:30pm - 5:15pm (weekly)
NEXT MEETINGS: 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th September
'Chill and Learn' is a space where Young Carers can receive support and have the opportunity to say 'hello' to other Young Carers and have a little fun. These sessions take place via Zoom every Monday from 4pm - 4:45pm for those who are aged 8+. 

Please contact julia@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information.

Young Adult Carers aged 14+ Peer Support Group: 
Wednesdays 5:00pm - 6:00pm
(fortnightly)
NEXT MEETINGS: 8th, 22nd & 29th September
This is a specialist Peer Support Group run by Young Adult Carers aged 14 - 25. Peer support allows young people to meet other Young Carers in similar circumstances to them, help them to reflect on their relationships, thoughts, wellbeing and understand more about a variety of health conditions. Sessions take place via Zoom every other Wednesday at the new time of 5:00pm - 6:00pm. 
Please contact 
julia@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information.
 
Kidstime Multi-Family Support Group: Wednesdays 5:30pm - 7:00pm (monthly)
NEXT MEETING: TBC
A multi-family, cross-generational support group for the benefit of families impacted by parental mental ill-health. Drawing on creative therapeutic activities, we explore various pre-conceptions and confusion about mental health challenges, and seek to develop a better understanding and increased communication within families with children. Due to the current restrictions, the workshops will be held online, with the new dates to follow.

Please contact esme@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information.
 
Sibling Young Carers Support Group: Tuesdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm (weekly)  
NEXT MEETINGS: 7th & 14th September
Many Young Carers who help support a brother or sister with additional needs tell us that they would like a space to talk about and explore some of the challenges they face. We have started a support group for Young Carers aged 9 - 11, one that will help them find new ways of coping with the stress, pressures and sometimes joys that they experience caring for a sibling.

Please contact esme@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information.


For more information on one-off virtual groups and activities, training and workshops at Sutton Carers Centre, as well as confidential, 1-1 support available to Carers of all ages, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We also hold information about Carer peer support groups run virtually by partner organisations such as 
Sutton Parent Carers Forum, the National Autistic Society and more.
Contact Sutton Carers Centre on 020 8296 5611, 10:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday, until 8:00pm on Tuesday evenings, and from 11:00am – 1:00pm on the second Saturday of each month, or email us on enquiries@suttoncarerscentre.orgyoungcarers@suttoncarerscentre.org, or for Covid-related queries, communications@suttoncarerscentre.org.

You also can get extensive information from the London Borough of Sutton website here,
 including information about COVID-19 tests, with or without symptoms, PPE and more. It also has information if you feel unsafe from domestic abuse or if you have concerns about the safety of a vulnerable adult or child. We also can give information and advice about all these issues.

Your NHS is still here for you, too - so, as always, if you have any concerns about your health, please contact your GP, or in any emergency, please call 999.  

For copies of this newsletter, our 8 - 13 and 14+ Sutton Young Carers News, as well as previous editions, then please visit our website here.
Best wishes,
 
Chiara Borwick
Communications & Digital Involvement Coordinator | Sutton Carers Centre (Carers Trust Network Partner)
Core working hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 5:30pm

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Email: chiara@suttoncarerscentre.org | Web: www.suttoncarerscentre.org
 
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