Carers Events

Are you helping a family member or friend?

What's on for you this month

If you help a family member or friend, without payment, for reasons including a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health difficulty, addiction, or needing extra help as they grow older - you are recognised as a carer.

Being a carer isn't someone who volunteers or is employed to provide support.

You may not consider yourself as a 'carer' but understanding your caring responsibilities and the impact it has on your life is important so that you can get the right help and support. It could be round-the-clock care or a few hours a week, perhaps you live together or are miles apart.

From helping someone get dressed or get out of bed, to managing their medication and dealing with professionals - each caring role is unique. It could also be help with cooking, housework and money, or being a listening ear and keeping someone entertained.

  • Do you want to speak to people who are in a similar situation to you?
  • Would you like to learn more about what support is available to you and the person you look after?

There are lots of opportunities to do so - keep an eye on this page to see what's happening for carers.

Help getting online

If you need help using Zoom, you may find this page helpful, or why not try AbilityNet - a group of friendly volunteers who may be able to help you with getting online, setting up equipment and technical issues - call 0800 048 7642 or email enquiries@abilitynet.org.uk.

 

Image reads: Carers online information sessions. Join our free online information sessions for unpaid carers.

Find out information that could help you and the person you are helping

Join our monthly online information sessions for anyone who helps a relative (adult or child) or friend, without payment.

  • Meet local people online who may be in a similar situation to you
  • Hear from experts on a range of topics
  • Get information to help you and the person you look after
  • Find out what support is available

From community projects to health and social care services, there is lots to learn about what's happening in the borough.

We are pleased that Kelly O’NeillDirector Public Health, London Borough Hounslow will be joining us for September's Carers Information Session.
Kelly will suggest ways we can prepare for this winter, the Covid and flu vaccination programmes, cold weather and health, and welcomes an opportunity to discuss the wider health topics that we may face over the next few months.

Thursday 30 September

Join by zoom link here - Meeting ID: 880 2334 5483 / Passcode: 935975           

The dates for upcoming information sessions are 28 October, 24 November and 30 December 2021.

The sessions are run by Hounslow Council and NHS Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group - email carers@hounslow.gov.uk to find out more.

 

Are you helping a family member or friend with a long-term condition? Meet local people in a similar situation

It can make a big difference to speak with people who understand your situation and who can support you through everything that comes with being a carer.

At this online group, you can talk to people who know exactly how you feel - people who are looking after someone (18+) with a long-term condition or chronic disease including:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson's
  • And many more...

Join our next group on Friday 1 October at 1.30pm (2 hours) by clicking the zoom link below.

Zoom link:

Join the Zoom meeting here

Meeting ID: 998 6334 4726

Passcode: g@h44tP&

The dates for future groups are 5 November and 3 December 2021.

The groups are run by Hestia - call 020 8568 7881 or email hounslowlifesupport@hestia.org to find out more.

 

Have fun and relax

From yoga to creative writing, and first aid to getting a better night's sleep, there's something for everyone.

Join fellow carers here Share and Learn online sessions - Carers UK

The sessions are run by Carers UK - call 0808 808 7777 or email advice@carersuk.org to find out more.

 

Are you aged between 7 - 18 and looking after a family member? Meet people just like you in Hounslow

It can be hard work being a young carer. Sometimes other children don't understand your responsibilities and you have less free time than others. Meeting other young carers is a great way to make new friends, have some fun and share some of your worries with people in similar situations to your own.

At this online group, you can talk to people who know exactly how you feel and are also looking after someone.

Join one of our weekly Thursday or Friday groups at 4.30pm (1 hour).

The project is run by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust - call 07926 591 468 or email ksobczak@brentfordfccst.com to find out more.

 

Are you helping a family member or friend with a learning disability or difficulty? Meet local people in a similar situation

It can make a big difference to speak with people who understand your situation and who can support you through everything that comes with being a carer.

At this online group, you can talk to people who know exactly how you feel - people who are looking after someone (18+) with a learning disability or difficulty including:

  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism and Asperger's syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down's syndrome
  • Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
  • Profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD)
  • And many more...

Join our next group on Monday 20 September at 10.30am (2 hours) by clicking the zoom link below.

Zoom link:

Join the Zoom meeting here.

Meeting ID: 966 6914 0018

Passcode: k+m+9MDp

The dates for future groups are 18 October, 15 November and 20 December.

The groups are run by Hestia - call 020 8568 7881 or email hounslowlifesupport@hestia.org to find out more.

 

Alzheimer's Society – Hounslow Singing for the Brain Sessions

Alzheimer's Society – Hounslow Branch  invite you to join their weekly Singing for the Brain (SFTB) sessions to celebrate living well with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Led by their professional song lead, you will be able to enjoy old and new songs, along with some special guest performances from their group members.  Everyone is welcome!

Click here to view flyer for the Singing for the Brain September Sessions.

Date: Every Monday from 2 - 3pm

Venue: Online free Zoom events.

Cost: Free, all welcome.

To find out more about the sessions and get the Zoom link to join please contact Bronte Heath on 07593 131 903 or email bronte.heath@alzheimers.org.uk

 

Share what's on your mind, day and night, with people who understand

A warm and welcoming online community of people who know exactly how you feel. They may be strangers - at first - but you'll be surprised how sharing an experience, a problem or just having a good old rant to a fellow carer can make a world of difference.

  • "The Carers UK online forum is a lifeline. It's very reassuring to know that other people feel the same and it makes you feel that you are a normal person. It's just a help to know that you're not alone."
  • "I joined a few days ago and each time I log on someone else has posted a useful tip, suggestion or some support. Thank you all so much, at last I'm not alone."

The forum is run by Carers UK - call 0808 808 7777 or email forum@carersuk.org to find out more.

 

Are you looking after a child/young person with a disability or special educational need? Meet local parents and carers

It can make a big difference to speak with people who understand your situation and who can support you through everything that comes with being a carer.

At this online group, you can talk to people who know exactly how you feel - people who are looking after a child or young person aged 0-25 years with a disability or special educational need.

Join one of our monthly Tuesday forums at 10.30am (90 mins) here Hounslow Parent Carers Forum - FORUM DATES (hounslowpcf.co.uk)

The forum is run by Hounslow Parent Carers Forum - call 020 8570 4671or email hounslowpcf@gmail.com to find out more.

 

Meet people each week in a similar situation to you

It can be nice to take a little break, make yourself a cuppa and spend some time talking to people who understand what you're going through.

Join fellow carers on Mondays at 3pm (60 mins) here Care for a Cuppa - Carers UK

The chats are run by Carers UK - call 0808 808 7777 or email advice@carersuk.org to find out more.

 

and while you are here...would you rather meet outside?

Sometimes it's nice to get some fresh air and meet people offline - short walks are taking place across Hounslow, led by friendly, specially trained volunteers - join here Community Health Walks - FREE weekly walks with One You Hounslow

The walks are arranged by One You Hounslow - call 020 8973 3530 or email oneyou.hounslow@nhs.net to find out more.

 

Is something missing?

Email carers@hounslow.gov.uk to share any carers events and groups that are happening.

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