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Care to Know 

December 2019  
Welcome to Care to Know, our monthly eNewsletter for Carers, Volunteers and Supporters. We get festive in this month's issue with Carol's Christmas biscuit recipe! As part of our AGM held on 5 December we were delighted to include a special drama performance by students from Northumbria University - see below for details. We also premiered our new short film celebrating our work alongside our carers so why not grab a cuppa and enjoy the link below!! 

Check out our Carers Events Calendar for the remainder of the year and find about our exciting volunteering opportunities. Two of our carers, Debbie, and Susan share their respective stories which both include respite in their special crafting sheds! 

We hope you find all the information both valuable and enjoyable to read. If you have some information to share with carers or would like to feature in our next issue, please get in touch. 

Here's to another fantastic month for Gateshead Carers and everyone who supports us! 

Wishing you all a peaceful festive season. 

Nikki McCann
Team Leader Stakeholder Engagement 
nikki.mccann@gatesheadcarers.com 
"Since registering with the carers association a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, knowing they are there for support & advice and have any information I may need for what I'm dealing with on a daily basis helps me massively." 
Ian, Volunteer and Carer
CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
Pleas note we will be open from 9 am - 5pm daily over the Christmas and New Year period except for all Bank Holidays when we will be CLOSED and Christmas Eve when we close at 12 noon. 

Watch our new film below! 

My Crafting Shed has brought me some respite!
Debbie received a Wellbeing Fund grant to buy a special shed!

"It's my little haven lol. I've made and sold quite a few things now. It keeps me sane! I adore doing my Pyrography and having all my equipment in one place and not worrying about messing my house up is amazing".
"I just wish I'd done it sooner. If it wasn't for you guys, I think my mental health would have taken a pounding", Debbie explained. 
Volunteering "It's good to come together"
PAINTING DAY!
 

We welcomed a lovely team of Volunteers from NHS Business Services who gave their time to paint one of our carer rooms! What a fantastic job they did too! 

"What a great time getting out as a team together and making a bit of something happen for someone else" said Paul.

"It's good to come together to help the community" said Taylor.


If you would like to know more about volunteering with us, please call Claire Parker 0191 4900121. 

We'd love to have you on board! 
LEAFLET DOOR DROP!

Another enthusiastic team of volunteers from NHS BS helped us to prepare our leaflets and then set off the following day to deliver them through letterboxes throughout Deckham. 

"I would be more than happy to go back again should anything come up in the future" said Gordon.

"I had a good afternoon and found the staff very friendly and welcoming", said Julie. 

"I  enjoyed my half day helping Gateshead Carers. We were well looked after with a coffee and biscuits and I really enjoyed the afternoon" said Kim. 

VOLUNTEER WITH US! 

We have a growing team of enthusiastic volunteers that have been given an induction and are getting ready to start in their chosen role that fits their skills and availability; these opportunities include:
  • Befriending
  • Community Connectors
  • Carers Allotment
  • Carers Knowledge Panel
  • Fundraising
  • Helping at events
  • Reception and admin
Apart from the obvious feel good factor from giving your time to a worthy cause, volunteering has a number of benefits such as gaining practical experience and skills, increasing confidence, meeting new people and doing something rewarding.

To find out more about our volunteering opportunities contact our Volunteer Coordinator Claire who will be happy to have a chat and answer any questions. claire.parker@gatesheadcarers.com
Alternatively, you can view our volunteering opportunities on our website at www.gatesheadcarers.com/get-involved

I didn't realise I had carers burnout!

Susan tells us about how a much needed holiday helped her feel so relaxed...
 
Caldew House (Heaven, if I ever run away, you will find me here!)

I did not even realise I was a carer (I just classed myself as wife and mother. My GP suggested I contact Gateshead Carers and they have made a huge difference. I met up with my Carer Wellbeing Facilitator and she was so lovely and friendly. I am not one to openly discuss how I feel but I just talked to her and she heard what I was saying. She suggested a break at the Gateshead Carers holiday home at Caldew House in Cumbria. We have not had a holiday in 8 or 10 years. Anyway just to be given a holiday was amazing and to actually go and RELAX was like winning the lottery! We spent quality time together in an amazing house, with the most peaceful surroundings. We planned days out as the countryside is beautiful. The rooms were so big you could all be together or find space to yourself. I did  not want to come home. However, I was so relaxed I had not felt that way for many years.  We would all like to say thank you for giving us this gift.

I do not think people realise how exhausting caring for anyone is. Your life revolves around their needs. Read more ...

Carers Wellbeing Calendar
December 2019
Click here to find out about our Care to Share, Ready Steady Grow, Superbia LGBTQ+, Men's Group and Gadabout!

Carer Cafes. We currently hold a Carer Cafe at Watergate Cafe, Whickham, on the first Tuesday of the month and at the Birtley Hub Resource Centre on the second Thursday of the month. 10.30am-12.30pm. Come along and join in the discussion. 
What a Winter Welcome we enjoyed!!!! 

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our Winter Welcome held on Carers Rights Day 21 November 2019. The event not only included free wellbeing taster massages and a vintage tea, but also carers got the chance to get creative making painted bottle lights, festive cards and gifts! Our hamper raffle proved very popular as did our tombola, gift stalls and guess the name of the Reindeer...it was St Nicholas! 

AGM 2019 enjoys new venue and opportunities! 

What a fantastic way to end the year by celebrating with our carers, volunteers and supporters at our AGM!  This year we were delighted to include special drama performances by final year students of Northumbria University's BA Hons Drama programme and to be part of their Austerity Project read more... and to book your free tickets to their full performance piece on 17th December at 2 pm at Northumbria University Students Union, visit their link here

We also premiered our new short promotional film celebrating our work with carers. If you are able to share our film in some way to help us to spread the message further, then please do!! 

HELPFUL INFORMATION FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS 

Help at Christmas - Financial support over the holidays
Christmas is a demanding time financially and the cost of Christmas can be overwhelming. The pressure to buy presents and cook family meals can lead to a build-up of debt, which may cause difficulties throughout the year. The financial demands of Christmas also build upon the struggle to afford warm winter clothing and higher heating bills. However, there is help available. https://www.turn2us.org.uk/About-Us/News/Help-at-Christmas

Overcome insomnia and sleep better
Sleepstation is a drug-free and clinically validated sleep improvement programme. Delivered entirely online and carefully tailored to each individual, Sleepstation helps people identify the underlying causes of their sleep problem and provides the support and guidance needed to improve sleep. Clinically proven to combat even the most severe insomnia, the personalised support is what makes Sleepstation so effective. Our team of coaches and sleep experts will support and guide you on your journey to better sleep. 
https://www.sleepstation.org.uk 

FREE Flu Jab for Carers
Ask your GP if you are eligible. The seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and the person you care for from flu. If you are caring for someone you may be concerned about how being ill will affect you as a carer and the person you care for. If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be put at risk if you fall ill, and/or if you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, you should be offered a Free flu jab, according to government policy. Other categories of people are also eligible for a free flu jab, including those aged 65+, those who are pregnant, and those with certain health conditions.  Further information on flu jabs in England can be found on the NHS website http://bit.ly/NHSFluJabCarers  https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/
Do you know someone who is a carer?
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. The reasons and causes of someone taking on caring responsibilities are varied but can include:
  • Physical disability
  • Mental health problems
  • Long-term health condition
  • Dementia
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Alcohol & substance misuse
Help us to spread the word!
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Tel: 0191 490 0121 www.gatesheadcarers.com Gateshead Carers Association is a Charitable Company limited by guarantee. Charity registration number 1118942 Company registration number 6133161 
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