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

Monthly Drop-In Male Carers - Jolly Boys Young Adult Carers Day Trip -Llandudno Theatre Trip 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

6th July – Drop In

3rd August – Drop In

7th September – Talk from Gillian Jones, Diabetes

5th October – Talk from, Estyn Wellbeing Therapists

Evening Drop-In Session – August

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 August

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 27th July – Trip to Liverpool Museum

Thursday 31st August – Light lunch at AVOW

Thursday 28th September – End of Summer Walk & Pub Lunch

The Young Adult Carer group is especially for Carers aged between 18 – 25 who cares for someone, whether this be a parent, grandparent, partner, child or sibling. It is a chance to enjoy time away from their caring role, take part in new experiences & meet other Young Adult Carers.

Next meetings:

Thursday 3rd August

Come along and join us for a lovely day out in Llandudno. Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and   community in Wales. A chance to enjoy a walk by the sea side or to the end of the pier, or enjoy a spot of shopping. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.

When:    Wednesday 6th September

Time:     9.30 – 4.30

Cost:      £5 per Carer, £5 per Non-Carer, priority to Carers

We are pleased to be able to offer Carers an evening at the Theatre. ‘Mr Whatnot’ is an Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious tribute to silent films, which is a very funny and silly play that will have you laughing out loud and wondering just how it is possible that a cast of actors can do so much with so little

When:    Friday 15th September 2017

Time:     7pm

Where:   Grove Park Theatre

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

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 20th July, Thurs 17th Aug & Thurs 21st Sept, 11am – 12.30pm, at AVOW

Events:

Bingo Evening, Froncysyllte Community Centre, eyes down 6.30pm, date to be confirmed

Quiz – dates and venues to be confirmed

Coffee morning/afternoon tea – dates and venues to be confirmed

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 26th July, 10.30 – 12.30, Kim Mason, Commissioning Planning Officer for Carers, WCBC

Wednesday 27th September, 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