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Well, what a Carers Week that was!

It has been wonderful to connect with so many of you over the last few weeks, whether that was at our Carers Week events, or one of our support groups and activities.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped us to 'make caring visible, valued and supported' this year. Please scroll down to see what Sutton Carers Centre and some of our local partners got up to across the week.

We also want to acknowledge that many Carers feel left out at Carers Week as they don't have the time or the freedom to participate. Some feel they don't have much to celebrate...

So Carers Week also a time for us to reflect as a charity and to renew our commitment to find the Carers 'hidden in plain view', as a wise person once said, and to strive for change. 

June is also a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ communities as it is Pride Month! We will be joining our friends from Wandsworth Carers Centre for the London Pride Parade on the 2nd of July, and we would love for you to join us. Please see below to find out how you can take part.


With summer well and truly here, we want to share with you some helpful NHS tips & tricks to help keep you safe in the sunshine. Take a look below for more details.

 
Carers Week 2022

What a memorable Carers Week! It was brilliant to be able to have so many in-person events this year, enabling us to connect with even more of you across the week. Thank you to everyone who attended an event, shared our information - or even hosted an event for Carers! Together, we were able to 'make caring visible, valued and supported' in Sutton.

As mentioned above, though, we want to acknowledge that many Carers are prevented from participating in Carers Week, feeling less than visible, valued and supported in everyday life...so we also renewed our commitment to finding and supporting more Carers and striving for much-needed changes to the system and within our communities. 

Please scroll down to see what Sutton Carers Centre and some of our local partners did this Carers Week.   

What happened at Sutton Carers Centre?

To mark the start of Carers Week, The Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Trish Fivey and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Colin Stears invited our staff and Carers to the annual Mayor's Reception in the Mayor's Parlour. Twenty Adult and Young Carers attended the event, alongside Kelly and Julia from our team. They were also joined by Sutton's Young Carers Lead at Harris Academy, Mr Stephen Fisher and three Young Carers, currently taking part in the Young Carer Peer Support Facilitation training in school, delivered with our Young Carers Service. Madam Mayor and the Deputy Mayor took the time to speak with Carers in attendance, listening to them and learning more about their caring roles. They were also joined by people including the newly-appointed Carers Champion, Councillor Paul Cole, Council Leader, Ruth Dombey, former Councillor and Carers Champion, Marlene Heron, Chief Executive of the London Borough of Sutton, Helen Bailey and the LBS Assistant Director of Adult Social Care, Luke Addams.

Many thanks for some lovely time out, with special thanks to Nancy and Pat for ensuring everything was organised and everyone was looked after so well.

       
      
On Tuesday, we opened our doors to all Sutton Carers for our Wellbeing 'Open House' event. The whole staff team were on hand to offer information and advice on our services, as well as the services of some local partners, to help support Carer wellbeing. We also welcomed professional colleagues - especially those that juggle caring alongside their paid work.

With thanks to Nadine,
Angharad, our partners at South West London Clinical Commissioning Group and Nurse Janet Scott, we were able to offer NHS health checks from a healthcare professional for Carers. And to boost wellbeing just that little bit more, all visitors were treated to some light refreshments, from Mandy's fruit platters to Rachael's home-made cookies, as well as being offered one of Kelly's pampering treat bags to take away.
      
Our Young Carers were busy getting creative during Carers Week. They chose to use mirrors in their artwork to reflect this year’s theme, and hoped that anyone who looks into the mirror can feel ‘visible and valued’. On Thursday, our Young Carer Ambassadors used part of their weekly session to visit the Civic Offices to view the Carers Week banner and the Creative Arts Display, where they were able to see their work showcased.
        
What did some of our local partners do?

London Borough of Sutton and Sutton Parent Carers Forum

We worked together with the London Borough of Sutton’s Communications and Engagement team, as well as the Cultural Services team (special thanks to Zoe, Siobhan and Will) to produce a Creative Arts Display at Sutton Central Library. The display featured incredible artwork from Adult, Parent and Young Carers from Sutton Carers Centre as well as an amazing slideshow of images and voices from Sutton Parent Carer Forum. Every piece on display acted as a visual representation of what their caring role means to them. Corinne, Kathryn, Vicky and Vilma were on hand the Wednesday of Carers Week, to offer information and advice, as well as to tell visitors the stories behind the amazing artwork on show. We highlighted the Creative Arts Display, as well as the other events taking place over Carers Week in this year's press release, launched jointly with the London Borough of Sutton.
       
We also supported the creation of the new London Borough of Sutton Carers Week banner, created to celebrate Carers in Sutton. The banner is currently positioned outside the Civic Offices for all community members to see and will make a welcome and most-valued return every year. Thank you to Zoe in LBS Communications and former Councillor and Carers Champion Marlene for making this happen again after many year's absence, and to Sutton Parent Carer Forum for consulting with its members for ideas.

       

Carers Trust and Carers UK

Although the Minister wasn't able to visit Sutton Carers Centre in person as planned, on Tuesday, Adult Carer Vicky Bastock joined a special Carers Week 'Care for a Cuppa', hosted by Carers Trust and Carers UK. This session welcomed the Minister for Care, Gillian Keegan, MP. Carers had a space to share their stories, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about the key issues that are most important to them. The Policy Team at Carers UK also provided an update on petitions, campaigns, advocacy and future plans.

Thank you, Vicky (second row, left), for representing Sutton so well and for sharing your story to help others. We also hope we soon get an answer to your questions about PIP and the long-awaited National Carers Strategy!

       
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Chris and John, our partners in the Patience Experience Team at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust hosted an information stand at St Helier Hospital on the first day of Carers Week. The team also handed out information packs to both Carers and staff throughout the day. The packs that were distributed were created to help make Carers aware of the support available in their local area. They also provided staff with the information they need to help identify, involve and support Carers, as well as how to receive support themselves if they are juggling caring alongside work. Over 900 packs were distributed at Epsom Hospital and St Helier Hospital, as well as NEECH, Leatherhead and Dorking Community Hospitals. The team also shared 9000 digital information packs with staff members!
       

A huge thank you also to: 

SWL CCG (Sutton) for helping us as part of our Wellbeing 'Open House', as well as their communications and engagement support.

South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, Don't Tone Alone, Sutton Parent Carer Forum and the Brain & Spine Foundation for running an array of incredible events for Carers and staff across Carers Week.

VCS partners and schools who posted content, such as
Volunteer Centre Sutton, Community Action Sutton, Healthwatch Sutton, Oaks Park High School and more!


And to everyone who helped to 'make caring visible, valued and supported' this Carers Week. Now let's go on to make that all year-round!

Centre Activities and Events
What's going on in June at SCC?
 
Please find below an outline of the free Support Groups running at SCC for Adult Carers for the rest of June 2022. Please keep an eye on our website and Social Media feeds for the quickest updates regarding July and the rest of the summer.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of people attending, as well as our staff and volunteers who facilitate the groups, we continue to follow COVID-19 prevention and avoidance measures. If you can, please take an LFT before you attend and follow all guidelines to reduce the chances of you passing on or getting the virus. If you have any symptoms of being unwell, please do stay home to get better. Please note, that we can supply you with a box of Lateral Flow Tests when visiting the Centre to best protect you and the people you care for.


Again, please visit our website: https://www.suttoncarerscentre.org/support-groups for our weekly schedule of support groups, including our Young and Young Adult Carer groups.

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

Be a part of the London Pride Parade

We will be joining our friends at Wandsworth Carers Centre and other London-based Carers Centres' this year at the annual London Pride Parade, and we would love for you to join us! The parade takes place on Saturday 2nd July and is around 2 miles in total, starting at Marble Arch and ending at Embankment. Final timings are yet to be confirmed by event organisers, but it will approximately start around 12:15pm and end at 3:30pm/4pm. All Carers aged 18 and above are welcome, and you do not have to identify as LGBTQ+ to take part. For more information about the history of Pride activities and why we march, please visit the Pride in London website here.
 
It is also the 50th anniversary of the UK's first official Pride march!

If you would like to take part in the parade, then please register your interest by emailing Chiara at communications@suttoncarerscentre.org by Friday 1st at 11am.

 
Your Wellbeing
Helpful ways to stay safe in hot weather
 
With the current spell of warm weather (please return sun - but maybe not so hot!), it is vital that you enjoy the sunshine safely. The NHS has released a guide full of tips and tricks to help keep you and the people around you safe and well when temperatures rise.

Ways to stay safe in the sunshine:
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm.
  • Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling.
The full guide can be found on the NHS website here.

Join the first NHS South West London Integrated Care Board meeting
 
Everyone is welcome to the first meeting of the NHS South West London Integrated Care Board, taking place on Friday 1st July, 10am - 1pm at The Chaucer Centre, Morden.

The NHS South West London Integrated Care Board will be taking on statutory responsibilities from 1st July as part of the South West London Integrated Care System, as well as the changes being brought into force by the 2022 Health and Social Care Act. It is helpful to know that there are two parts of the South West London Integrated Care System:
  • The Integrated Care Board (ICB) decides how health and care should be planned and paid for locally. The ICB will be taking over responsibilities from NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group which will cease to exist at the end of June 2022.
  • The Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) is a committee that brings the NHS together with other key partners to develop a strategy to enable the Integrated Care System to improve health and wellbeing in its area.
This meeting is open to all members of the public, and you can join in person or online via Microsoft Teams. We will share the link to the meeting on our social media channels, once it is released.

You can also submit a question for the Board by emailing hello@swlondon.nhs.uk by 12 noon on Thursday 30th June. More information can be found on the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group website here.

        
Dementia Carers, share your thoughts!
 
The University of Manchester is currently carrying out a survey, open to all Dementia Carers in the UK, on the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on their caring role. They want to hear from you about your own experiences of caring throughout this time. The survey is completely anonymous and confidential. It can be completed online here, or you can request a paper copy by emailing jayne.astbury@manchster.ac.uk or calling 07385 463 137. The survey should take between 30-45 minutes to complete and will remain open until the 30th of June.

        
Your London Fire Brigade
 
The London Fire Brigade want to hear from you. Their 2023-2029 plan called ‘Your London Fire Brigade’ sets out their approach to keeping Londoners safe. It has been developed over months of working with local communities. It’s a plan with the concerns and expectations of Londoners at its very heart. They need your help to find out if they've got it right.

The plan meets requirements placed by the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England to produce what they call an integrated risk management plan.

This consultation will take about 10 minutes to complete. Click here to take part.

It may be helpful to read the draft plan and more background information in advance. 

The survey will close on Monday 25 July 2022.
        

What are some other partners doing this month?
End of school year surgeries with Sutton Parent Carer Forum

Join the final surgery for the academic year, hosted by Sutton Parent Carer Forum. This session offers a chance to discuss individual and specific issues with professionals in attendance. The surgery will be taking place on Tuesday 5th July, 10am - 12pm at The Phoenix Centre, Wallington. If you would like an individual appointment with the panel, then please email suttonparentsforum@outlook.com. For more information, please visit the Sutton Parent Carer Forum website here

 
London LGBTQ+ Carers Peer Support Group

Wandsworth Carers Centre is hosting the monthly London LGBTQ+ Carers Peer Support Group on the 17th of July, 2pm - 4pm. This group offers a great opportunity to meet and share experiences with other LGBTQ+ Carers across London over a free hot drink. This group will be held at the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre. Further information can be founhere. Please scroll down to see the upcoming dates. All Sutton Carers who identify as LGBTQ+ are most welcome.

Fun in the sunshine with Activ8
 
This summer, Activ8 will be running a whole host of activities, including dining clubs, walking groups, chair-based exercise classes and much more! The majority of their groups come at no cost and are open to ages 18+ (unless specified otherwise). You can see the full programme of activities here.
 
How you can get involved & support us!
Upcoming Fundraising Opportunities

Please call or email us if you can help us help more Carers in Sutton!

 
Swim the Serpentine for Sutton Carers Centre
We are looking for an avid swimmer to dive in and swim one full lap around the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London which in total is a one-mile swim. The sponsorship event, Swim Serpentine takes place on Saturday 17th September 2022. More information can be found on the Swim Serpentine website
 here.

        


Could you run The 'Big Half' for Sutton Carers Centre?
We still have two places available for The Big Half on Sunday 4th of September 2022. If you are passionate about running, or just want to set yourself a sponsored challenge, then we want to hear from you! More information about The Big Half can be found on the official website
 here.

       

Please note that participants will need to raise a minimum level of sponsorship as part of taking the place. If we have more interest than places available, then a selection process will be used. Please email
 communications@suttoncarerscentre.org to register your interest.
 
And thank you for your support! Sponsored activities are one of the best ways to raise money and thus increase support for our Young and Adult Carers.
Young Carers Corner
Did you see the latest editions of our Sutton Young Carers News?

See what exciting activities our Young Carers Service have planned this summer in our latest newsletters for Young Carers aged 8 - 13 and 14+.

  
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, 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 Pharmacist, 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
Carers Communications & Outreach Coordinator | Sutton Carers Centre (Carers Trust Network Partner)
Core working hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 5:30pm

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