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Hot off the heels of our COVID-19 vaccination, PPE and mental health support bulletin earlier this week, we would like to share with you two main items.



 
                                                                         

Firstly, we have an urgent update on the Carer COVID-19 vaccination process. Some Carers are reporting that despite booking their slot on the National Booking Service - often on the encouragement of their GP - and after completing the eligibility questions - they are still being questioned about eligibility when they arrive at the mass vaccination sites.

If you are eligible, and would like SCC to provide you with a letter to take with you, please email us on communications@suttoncarerscentre.org or give us a ring on 020 8296 5611. 

We also are speaking with our helpful health colleagues to make the process a bit more stream-lined for Carers.

We also welcome your feedback, so please let us know about your experiences - be they good or not-so-good. Thank you to all who have shared with us so far, which helps us to help other Carers. 


 
              Sutton Carers Centre Virtual Support Groups





Secondly, please find below the latest free, specialist virtual support groups running at SCC for Adult and Young Carers. 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!

For more information, please visit our website: www.suttoncarerscentre.org where you also will find our contact and referral forms for Carers and professional colleagues.
We have
a dedicated COVID-19 section, as well.

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+)

Carers Relaxation Group: Monday 10:30am-12:30pm (weekly)

NEXT MEETINGS: 29th March – 12th, 19th, 26th April
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 MEETING: 21st April
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: (no March meeting), 6th April
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 MEETING: 20th April
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-12:00noon (fortnightly)
NEXT MEETINGS: 1st, 15th, 29th April
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-12:00noon (monthly) NEXT MEETING: 8th April
Tuesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm (monthly) NEXT MEETING: April TBC
Our friendly Parent Carer Support Group has moved online with a new monthly Tuesday evening get-together 7pm - 8pm, as well as a monthly Thursday morning group 11am - 12noon. 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 4:00pm-4:45pm (weekly)
NEXT MEETINGS: 29th March – 19th, 26th April
'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 5:00-6:00pm (fortnightly) NEXT MEETINGS: 31th March – 28th April
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 5pm - 6pm. 
Please contact 
julia@suttoncarerscentre.org for more information.
 
Kidstime Multi-Family Support Group
NEXT MEETING: 21st April
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 4:00-5:00pm (weekly)  
NEXT MEETINGS: 30th March – 20th April
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 Alzheimer’s Society Sutton, Sutton Parent Carers Forum, the National Autistic Society and more.
 
Contact Sutton Carers Centre on 020 8296 5611, 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday, until 8pm on Tuesday evenings, and from 11am – 1pm on the second Saturday of each month, or email us on enquiries@suttoncarerscentre.orgyoungcarers@suttoncarerscentre.org, or for Covid-related queries above, communications@suttoncarerscentre.org.

Please note we will be closed on Bank Holiday Friday and Monday for the Easter holiday. 

You also can get extensive information from the London Borough of Sutton website here,
 including information about COVID-19 tests, with or without symptoms. 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. 

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.  
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

Tel: 020 8296 5611 | Fax: 020 8296 5616 | ALPS: 020 8254 2616
Address: Benhill House, 1st Floor | 12-14 Benhill Avenue | Sutton | Surrey | SM1 4DA
Email: chiara@suttoncarerscentre.org | Web: www.suttoncarerscentre.org
 
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