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Carers' News

 

Wheels for Freedom

On the recent visit to Dorchester we came across "Wheels for Freedom". They are a local charity loaning mobility scooters and wheelchairs in Poole, Weymouth, Dorchester, Ferndown and Wimborne and at events across the South West. You can choose to become a member for unlimited acces or borrow scooters on a one-off basis as a day visitor. See the website for more information: www.wheelsforfreedom.org.uk| or call Shopmobility on 01202 661770.

 

New "Home From Home" Service Helps Give Carers A Break

Carers of older people can now take a break with support from this new service. "Home from Home" offers a day sitting/respite service in the "Home From Home" host's own home.

Each "Home From Home" host has an enhanced CRB police check and their home has been inspected to make sure it reaches appr opriate health and safety standards. So carers can be sure their cared-for person is in good hands.

Home From Home offers: 

  • small friendly groups in a homely environment
  • activities tailored to the individuals attending
  • refreshments and a lunch time meal

This can be used as an alternative to Day Care.

Find out more from Samantha Way, Service Co-ordinator at East Boro Housing Trust 01202 883503 or email sway@ebht.org.uk|  Read the Home from Home Service promotional flyer|.

 

Read the

Bournemouth and Poole Carers Strategy 2010-2013|

 

Walks with Wheelchairs

It can be hard to find routes and easy to come across dangerous terrain when enjoying the outdoors with someone using a wheelchair. Walks with Wheelchairs website| has been developed to help. The site provides free information for suitable routes for going on a walk with someone using a wheelchair. It covers the whole of the UK and allows you to also add routes you use or your comments.

 

Help with Council Tax

Carers UK is urging carers to check they are paying the correct amount. Some carers could qualify for up to 50% off their Council tax bills. Read guidance about Council Tax discounts for carers living in Bournemouth, or caring for someone who lives in Bournemouth. Or find out more by telephoning 01202 451597.

Read Carers UK advice| on Council tax for more details.

 

Rights for working carers

Carers UK| has a produced a booklet for carers called “Employees guide to work and caring”.| If you’re a carer you can get a free copy by calling Carers UK publication line on 0845 241 0963 (local rate call–open office hours only) Or you can read more about work and caring| on their website.

 

More Carers' Support Starting Soon

There are several new services starting soon as we develop and extend the range of support across Bournemouth and Poole. Keep an eye on the Carers Events and Training page| on this website as the list will be updated. There are also be some trips out coming up which we will advertise on our Carers Events page|. To make sure you hear about everything that is happening join the Carers Information Service.| We will send information out electronically where we can.

 

 

Related Information

 

Postal Address Bournemouth Care Direct,
Customer Services Centre,
St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
BH2 6EB
Telephone Number 01202 454979
Fax Number 01202 454975
Email address Care Direct
Out of Hours Telephone Number

Out of Hours:
01202 657279

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