Welcome to our new Chair Gay Griffin. Gay is a mum to three children. She has been a school governor and has been responsible for several fund raising committees when her children were young. Gay is also a volunteer at the Carers Centre as well as being a full time Carer. She is friendly, bubbly, enthusiastic and caring and will make a brilliant Chair for PCAH (or soon to be Banes Parent Carer Forum)
It is with sadness we have had to say goodbye to Lorraine, who has retired from the role of the PCAH Facilitator. We had a surprise farewell and thank you lunch for her at the Carers Centre. Lorraine will continue with her role as a Carers Officer at the Carers Centre and hopefully will continue to have a close relationship with ourselves as well. Thank You Lorraine from everyone at PCAH!!
Claire Abrahams is the new Parent Carer Facilitator. Claire will be working with colleagues at the Carers’ Centre to identify parent carers and to tell them about the Forum, as well as working with organisations and groups across B&NES to raise awareness of the importance of involving parent carers in the design of services and creating new opportunities for parents to have a voice.
PCAH, Time2Share and Sporting Family Change Event held on Saturday 10th June at Bath University Sports Training Village.
Dates for the next events/venues will be announced shortly for early September.
All Parent carers and their families are welcome to come to these
Next Events SFC/PCAH TBA
PCAH Coffee Morning – Hilliers Garden Centre Thursday 7th September
10.00 -12.00. Please let us know if you would like transport (Annie firstname.lastname@example.org)
Training Session with Kate Rowe from Contact a Family for PCAH Forum members. Thursday 14th September at the Three Café, Three Ways School, 10.00-2.00 with refreshments and lunch included.
Please let us know if you can come/need transport (Annie email@example.com)
Our Next PCAH Meeting will be on Thursday 7th September, 10.00-12.00 at Hilliers Garden Centre, Bath.
BANES Carers’ Centre has recently launched a package of new support services for carers as part of our work to help carers.
Jane Fell will be attending our next Coffee Morning at Hilliers see below (Thursday 7th September) and also our next Steering Group Meeting (date TBA) to talk to parent carers about the Wellbeing Navigator Support.
Wellbeing Navigator Support
The Wellbeing Navigator support is here to help you stay maintain and improve both physical and mental health. When you’re busy looking after someone else’s health, it’s easy to forget about your own health and wellbeing. We can now offer: Health and Wellbeing check – identify areas of personal concern or unidentified medical need
Activity Support – helping you to find out about and attend local groups/clubs for up to 3 sessions; OR 3 one to one sessions with a Navigator
Passport to Wellbeing – 6-week peer support group to identify how small actions can make a big difference Emotional Support
We’re excited to announce the launch of a package of new services for carers as part of our emotional support work to help you as a carer. Emotional support services The Carers’ Centre offers a range of emotional support options, which fall generally into two categories: • Support with the emotional impact of caring for someone
• Support with long-standing emotional issues that may impact on your ability to look after someone
We know that caring can have a significant impact on your life. Our emotional support services aim to help you understand the challenges of caring and find the right tools and networks to cope. We can offer tele-befriending, one off breaks, ‘Coping with Caring’ (facilitated group sessions with a professional), and a monthly peer support group, Breathing Space.
To help you manage the ongoing emotional toll of looking after someone. There is also the opportunity for six free sessions of one-to-one counselling to help you cope with more complex emotional challenges.
To find out more about these services, or upcoming workshop dates, speak to the Carers’ Support Officer at your next support planning session or ring the Carers’ Centre Information and Advice line on 0800 0388 885.
Jane Fell, Wellbeing Navigator and Emotional Support Coordinator will also be attending the next Parent Carers’ Aiming High coffee mornings and forum to outline the support available, answer any questions you may have and publicise a ‘new” Coping with Caring programme for parents running on Tuesday 23rd and 30th January 2018 from 9.30-2.30pm (2 sessions) at Bath Carers Centre.
Jane Fell | Emotional Support and Wellbeing Navigator Coordinator
BANES Carers’ Centre, Woodlands, Lower Bristol Road, BA2 9ES Freephone 0800 0388 885 | Office 01761 431388 | Mobile 07446 811350
Jane Fell will be attending our next Coffee Morning at Hilliers (Thursday 7th September) and also our next Steering Group Meeting (date TBA) to talk to parent carers about the Wellbeing Navigator Support.