Below you will find news and events which might be of your interest!

Monthly Drop-In Male Carers - Jolly Boys Christmas Shopping Trip Christmas Craft Sessions Carers Christmas Lunch Friends of Wrexham Carers Carers Forum Benefit Advice & Form Filling Are people listening to you? Are you being heard?

If you have any information, news or pieces of interest you would like to share with others please let us know on 0800 2761070 / 01978 318812 or email carers@avow.org

Drop-In Session

Would you benefit from a chat and a cuppa with other Carers or a staff member?

If so, come along to our monthly Carer Drop In.

First Thursday of the Month 10am – 12noon

AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham

2nd November – Drop In

7th December – Talk from Freedom Leisure

4th January – Drop In

Evening Drop-In Session – November

We know that attending daytime activities can be difficult for many of you, so we are holding an evening drop in. We hope this will enable us to reach out to more of you. A chance to enjoy a hot drink & a chat with other carers and member of staff.

When: Wednesday 15th November

Where: AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham

Time:   5 – 7 pm

Please let us know if you are planning to attend this by calling 0800 276 1070

This group is for Male Carers only. It is an opportunity to meet other male Carers and enjoy outings. The group meets monthly normally meeting on the last Wed of the month but this can change depending on the activity.

Next meetings:

Thursday 26th October – Tour of Wrexham Town Centre with a friendly and knowledgeable local guide who will take you through the history of Wrexham and the local area from prehistoric times to the modern day. Meet at AVOW, 12.45pm, £4.

Thursday 7th December – Wrexham Christmas Market, meet at AVOW, 1.30pm

Once again this year we have organised our annual Carers Christmas trip. For those that have been before we are sure you will agree that it is a lovely opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy the company of other carers and get your Christmas gifts in ready.

When: Thursday 23rd November, 9.30 – 4.30

Where: Manchester City with Christmas Market

Deposit: £5

From: Set the Bar, King Street, Wrexham

Come along to one of our Christmas Craft Sessions & make some easy Christmas Crafts to take home.

When:       Tuesday 28th November 10 – 12, Xmas Posy

Wednesday 6th December 10 – 12, Festive Boxed Plant

Monday 11th December 10 – 10 – 12, Festive Basket

All craft materials and Refreshments provided £5 per person (must be paid in advance)

We are very pleased to announce our Christmas meal this year will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Wrexham. This has only been made possible thanks to the generosity of a number of local businesses.

Venue:       Ramada Hotel, Ellice Way, Wrexham

Date:         Tuesday 12th December

Time:          12noon – 2.30pm

Cost:   £6 – This is a ticket only event and must be purchased in advance.

PLEASE NOTE: We have limited spaces for this event This is a Carer only event.

Friends of Wrexham Carers are a voluntary run committee made up of Carers, Former Carers & anyone else who supports the cause. They are appealing for new members to sit on the committee or volunteer for one off events.

Next Meetings: Thurs 19th Oct & Fri 17th Nov, 11am – 12.30pm, at AVOW

Events: Coffee Morning, Bottle Tombola and Raffle – Friday 1st December, 10 – 12, at AVOW, Admission including refreshments £1. All welcome to attend….why not bring a friend or 2.

All Welcome!

Wrexham Carers Forum is an opportunity to get involved & have your say about your experiences and issues faced as a Carer.

New members with their varied views and experiences are vital to ensuring the continual improvement of quality health & wellbeing services in Wrexham. All Carers welcome to join us. The group meets every 2 months.

The next meeting will take place at AVOW:

Wednesday 29th November, 10.30 – 12.30

Over recent years the number of enquiries we receive relating to benefits advice and form filling has increased greatly.  Although we are able to offer basic information on the benefits available we are not trained benefits advisors. There are a number of options available to you both locally and nationally. Please find below details of where to find expert advice:

Wrexham Welfare Rights Advice Line – 01978 298255

Citizens Advice Bureau – 08444 77 20 20, Drop-in sessions are held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.30 – 4.00

Turn to us – visit Turn 2 Us website and make use of their benefit calculator to see what you may be entitled to http://www.turn2us.org.uk/benefits_search.aspx

For more information on different benefits and how to claim, visit

https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits

Do you feel that you are not being listened to? Have you reason to make a complaint but not sure how to go about it and not confident to tackle it alone? If so, you may benefit from the help and support of an Advocate.

An advocate is someone who offers confidential and independent support and advice. They will help you to speak up for yourself and represent your views, wishes and needs. There are a number of services available in Wrexham, please find the details below:

Second Voice Advocacy – for children and young people aged 11 – 25.

0800 0322630

Age Connects – specialist domestic abuse & hate crime advocacy for over 50’s

0845 054 9969

Dewis CIL – for adults over 18 with a disability or for older people

01978 799370

Community Health Council – for those wishing to make a complaint against the NHS.

01978 356178

The Minority Ethnic Elders Advocacy Project 50+ – for minority ethnic elders

01492 622233