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

Monthly Drop-In Male Carers - Jolly Boys STAY HEALTHY & CONNECTED EVENT Theatre Trip Day Trip - Llandudno Training Sessions 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

5th April

3rd May

7th June

Evening Drop-In Session – May

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 16th May

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 April – Ruthin Jail, Meet at AVOW at 9.30am & return 2.30

Thursday 31st May, Meeting to be announced

June – Week Events

This event is funded by Welsh Ambulance Service, NHS Trust

We are looking at all the ways we can support carers to stay Healthy and Connected. Building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and   wellbeing needs of their own.

Come and join us for:

  • Advice on carers issues
  • Information about local support and services
  • Various demonstrations & info sessions
  • Relaxation therapies & beauty treatments
  • A light lunch will be provided.

Drop in anytime to our FREE event on:

Tuesday 12th June, 10.00am – 3.00pm

Wrexham Memorial Hall, Wrexham LL12 7AG

Everyone Welcome!

We are pleased to be able to offer Carers an evening at the Theatre. Curtain Up!, by Peter Quilter is based on the author’s earlier play Respecting Your Piers, Curtain Up! is the hilarious story of five women who inherit equal shares in a dilapidated theatre and plan to bring it back to life again. They try various fund-raising schemes but their most ambitious is to hold a concert featuring local talent and a world-famous star who agrees to appear for no fee! However, their plans go awry and it’s a race to keep their audience from guessing the truth of the matter.

When:    Friday 25th May

Time:     7pm

Where:   Grove Park Theatre

Cost:       £5 Per Person (must be paid in advance)

We are organising a Carers Week Trip to the lovely North Wales Coast. A chance to enjoy a walk by the sea side or to the end of the pier. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.

When: Thursday 14th June

Where to: Llandudno

Time: Leaving Wrexham 9.30am, returning 4.30pm

Cost: £5 per person (must be paid in advance) Carers have priority

 Please call 0800 276 1070 to book your place. Places are limited.

Details of our next training sessions

Session: First Aid British Red Cross will be providing First Aid Training for Carers.

When:   Thursday 12th April, 1 – 3 at AVOW

Session: Crafty Carers

We are setting up a craft group, to make, learn & enjoy any craft (within reason) you would like to try. Bring along current projects, skills for a couple of hours, maybe learn a new hobby/skill too! Welcome to bring a friend.

When: Starts Friday 13th April, 10 – 12, at AVOW

Session: Carers Rights Training                     FREE TRAINING – Light Lunch provided

When you’re caring, getting the right information at the right time can make all the difference.

Learn what your rights are under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

When: Thursday 17th May, 10 – 1, Town Centre Venue, TBA

All Carers Welcome!

Please let know if you will be joining us for catering purposes

Session: Stress management & Chill Time with the Caia Park Health Team – The session looks at what causes stress, the signs & symptoms of stress, positive coping strategies, the 5 ways to wellbeing, other sources of mental health support & practical relaxation exercises.  A relaxation CD is also available for participants to take away.

When: Thursday 24th May, 10 – 12, at AVOW

We are hoping Makaton will be available again in the near future – please let us know if interested.

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 26th April & Thurs 17th May, 11am – 12.30pm, at AVOW

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 30th May, 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