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

Monthly Drop-In Male Carers - Jolly Boys Young Adult Carers Theatre Trip Friends of Wrexham Carers Erddig - Spring Walk Carers Forum Coleg Cambria - Salon Ial Benefit Advice & Form Filling Are people listening to you? Are you being heard? Fundraising & Donation Thanks

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 – March

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.

When:   Thursday 2nd March 2017

Where: AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham

Time:   10am – 12noon

All Welcome!

Evening Drop-In Session – March

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 8th March

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 23rd March – Cheshire Military Museum, Meet at AVOW, 11.30am, £6

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 2nd March

We are pleased to be able to offer Carers an evening at the Theatre. The ‘Sign of the Times’ is a  funny, moving and ingenious comedy, from the author of such popular classics as ‘Neville’s Island’, ‘The Flint Street Nativity’ and ‘Calendar Girls’.

When:    Friday 10th February 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.

Events: Thursday 23rd February 2017, Afternoon Tea, 2pm, AVOW

All Welcome!

Come along and join us for a visit to the beautiful National Trust property of Erddig. A chance to enjoy the gardens and the spring fresh air.

When: Thursday 30th March

Where: Erddig National Trust, Wrexham

Time: 2-4pm

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 March, 10:30-12.30

Coleg Cambria Hair & Beauty Salon have partnered up with us to provide some free treatments for our Carers.

Why not give yourself a treat in luxurious surroundings and visit Salon Iâl at Coleg Cambria – Yale?

Staffed by students to a professional standard, the salon was recently awarded recognition as a Wella Centre of Excellence and is open to members of the public during term time for a full range of hairdressing and beauty treatments. High end beauty products such as Wella, Dermalogica, Opi and Sp.and Thalgo Marine are available.

For more information contact Wrexham Carers Service.

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

Friends of Wrexham Carers Service

Friends of Wrexham Carers have been very busy raising funds over the last couple of months.

We would like to thank everyone who assists with the events. We rely heavily on volunteer help and welcome new volunteers.

Christmas Lunch

Thank you very much to everybody who attended our Christmas Lunch. The raffle raised a total of £150.

Also, thank you to all of the businesses, organisations and individuals who generously donated and made the event a huge success.