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We hope that you all enjoyed that brief but somewhat beautiful burst of sunshine last week, giving us all that first glimpse of Summer!

Thank you to everyone who chose to 'take action' this national Young Carers Action Day, as part of our Young Carers Ambassadors #StoriesNotStatistics campaign. Please scroll down to find out more about what happened this year.

You'll also see key information, including our Easter opening hours, upcoming support groups, and the latest on accessing PPE.


And GO SUFC!!!! Please see below for how we will be cheering you on. 

We're so excited!!
All the best to Sutton United FC for this Sunday!


We would like to wish our home team, Sutton United FC, every good wish for the
Papa John's Trophy final which takes place this Sunday at Wembley Stadium.


We are all rooting for you - and can't wait to cheer you on!

The Papa John's Trophy final will be shown live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Ultra HD from 3pm on Sunday (3rd April).


But some of us will also be there in person...thanks to our wonderful friends at 
Free Kicks Foundation (thanks, Steve!) who have donated 10 'Club Wembley' tickets (aka, the super-fancy seats in the stadium) to our Young Carers and their families.
This will be a day that they will always remember!

Please also click through to the SUFC website here to see our new SCC banner!
We want everyone to know that Carers deserve support and how to get it. 


Some of the talented Sutton United FC players on their tour of Sutton this week.
Image credit: Enjoy Sutton
Centre Updates
Our Easter Opening Hours

As Easter is fast approaching, we'd like to share with you our operating hours, which, as you will see, are 'business as usual' with the exception of the Bank Holidays.
May you and your family and friends find this time revitalising. 


  
We have some exciting news to share...

We are very excited to announce that Sutton Carers Centre, alongside other local 'Sutton Together' charity delivery partners, has been successful in a joint bid for a new contract from Sutton Council. This will enable us to deliver integrated services for information, advice, advocacy and support to community members in Sutton. This incudes both Adult and Young Carers and will enable us to sustain and hopefully grow many of our services across several more years. 

This new way of working will come into effect on the 1st of July, 2022. Lead ('Key Strategic') Partner will be Community Action Sutton and we will be sharing more information with you shortly. As exciting as this new partnership is, we also will be starting a new round of consultation with Carers and other colleagues, to ensure that the services we are developing for the future meet your needs. 


Please click here to read more about the announcement in the official press release from Sutton Council on the London Borough of Sutton's website.
 
Young Carers Action Day 2022

Reflections on this year's Young Carers Action Day

Wow, this was certainly a Young Carers Action Day to remember. We were overwhelmed with the response to the Young Carers Ambassadors #StoriesNotStatistics campaign and the resources that they launched in relation to it. As always, the purpose of Young Carers Action Day is to highlight the contributions that Young Carers make to their families, friends and communities - as well as the challenges that young people with caring roles face in their everyday lives.

Please scroll down to see how our Young Carers Ambassadors and some of our local partners 'took action' this year.   

   

What happened at Sutton Carers Centre?

On Young Carers Action Day, our Young Carers Ambassadors launched two creative and impactful resources, created not only to identify and support young people who have caring responsibilities, but also to raise awareness of Young Carer issues. 

At the start of the day, the Ambassadors launched their 'Digital Resource', which is an anthology of stories, poems, photography and artwork that all derive from the main 'isolation' narrative. They wanted this piece of work to support other Young Carers, themselves, as well as help others to understand the impact of isolation on Young Carers in school, with their friends, or at home - both the positives and the negatives. The 'Digital Resource' was uploaded on our website and social media platforms, as well as being sent to Carers, professionals, schools and our local MPs. You can take a look at the resource by visiting our website here.

Later in the day, the Ambassadors launched a Music and Video Playlist, created for other Young Carers, for those moments when feeling alone, or for when they need to block out the noise of the world around them. Our Ambassadors asked local dignitaries, professionals and community members in Sutton to submit their 'Solitude Tunes' for the playlist, and we received over 50 requests! Pop your headphones on and take a listen to the full playlist on our YouTube channel here. This is an ongoing project, so if you haven't taken the chance to submit yours, you can do so here.

In the evening, we celebrated with our Young Carers Ambassadors at our in-person, 'Digital Resource' launch party. We showcased the resource on our projector, enjoyed some delicious snacks and drinks, and got creative, making some fabulous Young Carers Action-themed pieces of work.

    What happened at our schools?

Julia Kerr, our Young Carers Senior Support & Development Worker (Education) and SYCiE Lead, visited a total of 8 schools and academies throughout the Borough that we support. Julia met with staff members and pupils, including the Young Carers who provide peer support to others in their schools. As well as raising awareness, Julia was there to share information on the support available to Young Carers, as well as collecting pledges from staff and pupils, stating how they plan to ‘help Young Carers feel less isolated’ in their school. 

Please scroll down to see some of the brilliant staff and pupils from each of the 8 schools making their pledges (and having cuddles with Pudsey
🐻).
   

What did some of our local partners do?

London Borough of Sutton

We worked together with the London Borough of Sutton’s amazing Communications and Engagement Team to launch a joint press release to mark Young Carers Action Day and to highlight our Young Carers Ambassadors' campaign. We also supported their creation of the first-ever Young Carers Action Day banner that was proudly positioned outside the Civic Offices on the 16th as a physical representation of how Sutton Council 'values, thanks and supports’ Sutton’s Young Carers. One of our Carers Champions, Councillor Marlene Heron, came up with the wonderful idea to have this dedicated banner which can be used annually to recognise the Young Carer community in Sutton.

Sutton's other Carers Champion (for young people), Councillor Chris Williams, also spoke at full Council on Monday, 28th February, and whilst raising awareness and celebrating the partnership with SCC, he also challenged everyone listening to take action. Please click here and jump to 22:05pm to see Councillor Chris Williams deliver his speech.
 
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Our partners in another amazing team - the Patience Experience Team at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust - created a Young Carers Action Day information pack for staff. The purpose of this document was to increase awareness of Young Carers, and to support identification in the hospitals. Information on Sutton Carers Centre was included within the pack to inform staff how our services can best support any Young Carers they identify. A grand total of 900 information packs were distributed to staff between Epsom Hospital and St Helier Hospital, as well as NEECH, Leatherhead and Dorking Community Hospitals. A digital version of the pack was sent to every staff member (7000 people) across the 5 sites. The team also displayed posters across the sites, as well as leaflets in their information stands to ensure a lasting legacy of the day. And we can't wait to hear the outcome of their YCAD Quiz!
   

A huge thank you also to: 

SWL CCG (Sutton) for their communications and engagement support

VCS partners and funders who posted content, such as
Volunteer Centre Sutton, Community Action Sutton, Sutton Healthwatch, Belong, Jack Petchey, London Youth and more!

And to everyone who 'took action', pledged or supported Young Carers this Young Carers Action Day 2022!
 

Carers Week 2022
Dates for your diary: Carers Week, 6th - 12th June 2022
 
With Carers Week less than three months away, Carers Trust has now announced their theme for this year's campaign, which is 'Make caring visible, valued and supported'. Shortly, we will be sharing our plans with you for Carers Week but in the meantime, please visit the dedicated Carers Week webpage here for more information and resources.

We also would LOVE more partners - including Carers - to get involved, so please contact us to join a new organising committee to make this year's events even better!
                                    
Centre Activities
What's going on in April at SCC?
 
Please find below an outline of the free Support Groups running at SCC for Adult Carers during April 2022.

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 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 those you care for.


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.

 

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.
Your Wellbeing
The latest on spring boosters and COVID-19 vaccinations
 
Back in February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for:
  • Adults aged 75 years and over
  • Residents in care homes for older adults
  • Individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system
The NHS has started contacting people who are eligible for a spring booster appointment and are advising people to wait until they hear from the NHS. They will be prioritising people whose clinical need is greatest and starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose. Everyone eligible will be offered a top-up between three and six months over the Spring and early Summer period. Further information can be found here.

If you have any concerns or queries about the spring booster programme, then please pick up the phone and call us on 020 8296 5611.


The handy poster below demonstrates the eligible cohorts for each vaccine and booster, correct as of 25th March (but please see link below for latest updates for children).

 
COMING SOON - New information regarding ALL 5 - 11 year-olds. Please keep an eye on the SWL CCG website here for the latest updates.

Accessing your COVID-19 vaccinations and the COVID-19 booster:
  • You can book your 1st, 2nd or 3rd or booster online via the NHS website here. Please note that the 3rd dose for people with a severely weakened immune system is different to a booster dose; if you've had a 3rd dose, you'll be eligible for a booster (4th jab) from 3 months (91 days) after your 3rd dose.
  • You can visit the St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton walk-in clinic. Dates can be found below, or on the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group website here.
  
 
If anything is getting in the way of you getting your jabs, such as finding covering care or arranging transport, then please let us know so that we can support you.
What to do if you still need to access PPE after 31st March

As of the 31st of March, as an unpaid Carer, you will no longer be able to access free PPE through your local authority. If you are still requiring PPE when e.g. providing personal care to someone you do not live with, then please email us at enquiries@suttoncarerscentre.org and we will be able to support you further.

We would like to thank Vanessa, Simon and Dale from the PPE Team at the London Borough of Sutton for their support over the past year.

 

Please note: This image does not represent the free PPE that may be supplied to you.
What are some other partners doing this month?
Catch up with other LGBTQ+ Carers over a coffee!

Our friends at Wandsworth Carers Centre are hosting a London LGBTQ+ Carers 'Coffee, Chat & Walk' in Soho on Saturday 30th April at 10am. This event offers a relaxing space to meet other LGBTQ+ Carers and enjoy the surroundings of Soho in the springtime.

Please remember that this event is for us in Sutton, too, and that you are most welcome to bring any LGBTQ+ London friends.

If you would like to book your space or simply find out more information, then please email abinaya@wandsworthcarers.org.uk - or give Chiara a call on 020 8296 5611 / 07500 199014, email: chiara@suttoncarerscentre.org.

Book your place at the Managing Pain course with SMHF
 
There are just five places left on the Managing Pain 6-week course with Sutton Mental Health Foundation.

The course will be run by Louise Hall from the Pain Association will help with: understanding pain, setting baselines and pacing yourself, building resilience, and much more!

It will take place on Thursdays, 10am - 11:30am on Zoom from the 4th of April until the 16th of May (with a 1-week break for Easter - 18th April).


Bookings can be made online via the Sutton Mental Health Foundation website here or by calling 020 8770 0172.
 
Young Carers Corner
Race and Identity in Sutton from a young person's perspective
 
The Fairness Commission (hosted by Community Action Sutton) exists to help find solutions to racism and inequalities faced by community members across the Borough. As part of their recent work on Race Equality, they chose to capture the experiences of BAME young people in regards to Racial Justice. Last year, these young people worked together to produce a short video that features their stories. Back in February, Community Action Sutton hosted a launch event for the video for the young people, their families and partners - and now they would like to share it with you. 

We think it is incredible, and sometimes painfully challenging, so it has changed how we work, already. We appreciate everyone who shared their stories. 


Please click here to view the video on Community Action Sutton's YouTube page or simply scroll down to watch this powerful piece.
How you can get involved & support us!
Could you run The 'Big Half' for Sutton Carers Centre?

We still have two places available for The Big Half on the 4th of September 2022. If you are an avid runner, or just want to set yourself a sponsored challenge, then we want to hear from you!

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 actvities are one of the best ways to raise money and thus increase support to our Young and Adult Carers, of all ages.

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
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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