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Support for Carers across Wakefield
Caring for someone can be rewarding but it can also be tiring, demanding and stressful. It is really important that carers take care of their own health and well-being.
Ask your doctor to register you as a carer and this will help you access support services.
Carers Wakefield and District support people from the age of 17 at every stage of their caring role.
They provide a wide range of practical local support such as providing information and advice, signposting to other organisations and organising training sessions and information events and activities for carers. They also administer the My Time grant which enables carers to apply for up to £100 to have a break from their caring role.
Other services provided include:
- Specialised support for those with a loved one in a Care Home.
- Team based within Mid-Yorkshire Trust supporting those with a loved one in hospital right through to discharge and beyond.
- Monthly peer support groups across the district.
- Online support groups for those unable to attend groups in person.
- Caring for Me & You course enabling carers to focus on their own needs and priorities.
- Next Steps course to help carers to move on after a bereavement or other major loss.
- Benefits information from an in-house team.
- Digital Champion to help those lacking the confidence and skills to go online or use technology such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
- Volunteer befriending service for carers.
For more information please contact on:
Tel: 01924 305 544
Carers Wakefield and District run a number of support groups across the district where carers have the opportunity to meet together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere allowing them to meet other carers, access advice and information and have a break from their caring role.
Memory Action Group
A peer support group for people living with dementia and their carers.
At West Wakefield Methodist Church (Lower Hall), Thornes Road, Wakefield, WF2 8QR
Open every Wednesday 2pm – 4pm and every Friday 2pm – 4pm (fourth Friday each month in upper hall for Singalong & Dancing).
For Further information contact Jan on 01924 365213, 07963 568892 or email@example.com
Healthwatch Wakefield is your local health and social care champion. They make sure NHS leaders and other decision-makers hear your voice and use your feedback to improve care.
If you’ve recently visited your GP, or hospital, or used any local health and care service they want to hear from you. They can use your feedback to improve services for everyone and have the power to make NHS leaders and other care providers listen to what you have to say.
If you are a service user, carer or simply have an interest and want to make a difference in adult social care you can either complete the application form below online and email it to Michelle or for an informal chat please contact Michelle on email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07542 850661.
Offering support to adults in the district who are in need of information, advice and support with coping with everyday life, reducing isolation, support in managing long term conditions (for carers and the cared for), access to social opportunities.
Tel: 01924 255363
Offering 1:1 support for people with dementia, their carers & family members; access to information, advice, and signposting; information workshops; access to a volunteer to help with accessing hobbies/activities; support groups and social events.
Tel: 01924 373264
Drop-in sessions for dementia support
Admiral Nurses and the Alzheimer's Society are holding drop-in session every month for carers or people living with dementia looking for support and information.
We talk about:
• Understanding dementia and ways to cope
• Local support and services
• Meeting other people
• Benefits, paying for care and power of attorney
• Planning for the future and making decisions
Third Thursday of every month 9.00 -10.30 and 10.30 – 12.00
Drury Lane Health & Wellbeing Centre, Drury Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TE
HOW TO BOOK
Call 01924 316 973 and ask to book ‘admiral nurse post diagnostic support session’ or email email@example.com with your name and number and we will call you back
Wakefield Council have funded four Community Anchors in Wakefield to offer bespoke learning for Carers to enable them to use digital technology to support them in their caring role and to have a life outside of caring. (St Georges Community Centre, Eastmoor Community Project, Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Resource Centre and Standbridge Centre.
Helping Hands is a publication Wakefield Council produces for carers and people over the age of 55. It includes lots of up to date information including contact information for services which can provide you with assistance and advice for accessing care, staying fit and healthy, travelling around the district and more.
We work in partnership with NHS organisations, councils, Healthwatch, hospices, charities and the community voluntary and social enterprise sector to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.
This course is run throughout the year by Admiral Nurses and aimed at family carers of people living with dementia. It is held over 10 sessions, each lasting 1 hour. Sessions are twice a week, Monday and Wednesday, 5.30 -6.30pm and are run on Microsoft Teams. The course last for 5 weeks in total.
It covers topics that carers have told us are important to them, such as:
- understanding dementia
- changes in behaviour
- coping with stress
- planning for the future
It is an opportunity to meet virtually with Admiral Nurses and other carers and ask questions. We hope that this virtual option will help make this course more accessible but if you would prefer to attend in person please contact us as we do regularly offer a 5 week – one longer session per week, daytime, face to face course too.
If you or someone you know would like to attend please contact:
Wakefield Admiral Nurses: 01924 316 973
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Positive Steps is run in different venues and at different times throughout the year, so please get in touch using the above details if you'd be interested in attending.