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

Monthly Drop-In Male Carers - Jolly Boys Spring Trip 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

4th January

1st February

1st March

5th April

Evening Drop-In Session – February

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 14th February

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 25th January, Light Lunch at AVOW, 12.30

Thursday 22nd February, Meeting to be arranged

Enjoy a relaxing Spring Trip to Shrewsbury, Sabrina – Boat Trip.

Their popular 45 minute cruise & cream tea departs from Victoria Quay near the Welsh Bridge, gently sails to the English Bridge & returns back. Enjoy beautiful views & photo opportunities on the outward journey before listening to an entertaining commentary from there knowledgeable captains on the return leg. They offer a wide range of hot and cold drinks from their on-board bar, which are served at your table by our hospitality team.

When: Thursday 15th March

Time: 10am – 4.30pm

From: Set the Bar, King Street, Wrexham

Where: Shrewsbury, Sabrina – boat trip

Deposit: £5

Details of our next training sessions

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: Tuesday 30th January, 10.30 – 12.30, at AVOW

Session: Dementia & You: As A Family Workshop – The All Wales Forum of Parent and Carers alongside   Alzheimer’s Society will be delivering a Dementia & Learning Disability workshop. This event will inform you about the link between LD and Dementia and how you can spot possible symptoms.

When: Wednesday 7th February, 9am –1pm

Where: Acton Resource Centre, Wrexham

Session: Craft Session – Come along to our Craft session & make a Festive Basket to take home.

When:   Thursday 22nd February, 10 – 12, at AVOW

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

When:   Wednesday 28th February, 10 – 12, & Thursday 12th April, 1 – 3, at AVOW

Session: Dementia Alzheimers Society (Dementia Friends) will be providing Information Sessions to help you understand what it’s like to live with dementia and the actions you can take.

When:   Thursday 8th March, 10.30 – 11.30, at AVOW

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 8th Feb & Thurs 15th Mar, 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 31st January, 10.30 – 12.30

Wednesday 28th March, 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