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The Carers Unite Books is a series of children's books to help parents explain the challenges of serious illness & adult books to show how becoming a carer affects your life.


Dementia Action Alliance

Manchester Carers Forum has signed up to the National Dementia Declaration that lists seven outcomes that Dementia Action Alliance are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers.

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National Family Carer Network

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How is Hilda ?

South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group held an event to talk about their Integrated Care work in Neighbourhood Teams. Manchester Carers Forum attended. Please click on the link below to read a report of the event.

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Manchester City Council - Carers Week


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What is Jointly?



Jointly is a mobile and online application created by carers for carers. it is designed to make caring a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised. It combines group messaging with other useful features including to-do and medication lists, calander and more! Use it with others or on your own.

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for more information on how to download this app


Care Minister and Alzheimer's Society respond to dementia caring research

Responding to Employers for Carers' publication today (Tuesday 25th March) of research showing 9 in 10 businesses say dementia caring a growing workforce issue, Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, said:


“The number of people with dementia in England is set to double in the next 30 years, meaning more people than ever will be taking on caring responsibilities for their elderly parents and relatives. The over 3 million carers juggling work and care need support to carry on the incredible work they do.

That's why we are giving carers new rights to an assessment of their needs so that carers will have the same right to support as the people they care for. We’ve also given £400m to NHS England to help give carers breaks from their caring duties.”

Business forum Employers for Carers, founded and supported by charity Carers UK, conducted the research -Supporting employees who are caring for someone with dementia -  which highlights the fact that both employers and employees are being hit hard by a growing impact on the workforce of caring for people with dementia.

Head of Policy and Public Affairs of the Alzheimer’s Society George McNamara, who is attending the launch event, said: "Dementia is a national challenge and businesses are not immune.  Workers are increasingly having to juggle their caring responsibilities for their parents and older relatives and employers must respond in order to retain staff and stay competitive.

Providing some basic information or flexible working can make all the difference, however, many workers who care for someone with dementia have nowhere to turn for support in the workplace.  This is bad for business with many having to reduce hours or give up work altogether.

The needs of carers of older people in the workplace have been overlooked. Only those employers who fully understand and recognise the need to provide support and the benefits will succeed in the future."






The NHS wants to hear from you!




Be Sure Campaign


As a carer, ensuring that the person you care for receives the best quality care is one of your main concerns.

You may have health care professionals come into your homes to offer a service e.g. treatment for their feet or assistance in staying mobile after a stroke?


What would happen if the person you cared for complained that the treatment had been unnecessarily painful, or about the conduct and behaviour of a health and care professional? Would you know where to complain to or where to seek redress?


The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulates more than 300,000 professionals across 16 health and care professions including those mentioned above. It has refreshed its ‘Older, wiser …. be sure’ campaign and produced a short film to help Care Home Managers, staff, private carers and older people themselves understand the HCPC’s role in regulating key health and care professionals. In particular, the campaign focuses on the importance of checking that a professional is registered and how to raise a concern. The scenarios in the film are based on some of our previous fitness to practise cases and depict an unregistered practitioner as well as two registered professionals.



                                                   click here to watch short Be Sure Campaign video






Disabled people win living fund case against government


Five disabled people have succeeded in a legal challenge to the government's decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund.




The Equality and Human Rights Commission was permitted by the court to intervene in the case and made submissions on the proper application of the Equality Act and UN Convention.

The ILF was established in 1988, but the government decided in 2010 that it had become "no longer appropriate or sustainable" to keep running the scheme outside the mainstream social care system. The fund closed to new applicants soon afterwards.
  Click Here to read original article


'Hidden Cameras' to monitor services in care homes



                    Hidden cameras and mystery shoppers could be used as part of measures to prevent abuse and neglect in care homes, under proposals put forward by new chief inspector of adult social care Andrea Sutcliffe


The Care Quality Commission's chief inspector of adult social care has said the regulatory body will discuss using "mystery shoppers" and hidden cameras to monitor care services in future.

Annual inspections are to be scrapped and replaced and with a new “surveillance model” and a system of “intelligent monitoring” to decide where and when to carry out checks.

Meanwhile the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), is to recruit hundreds of members of the public, including carers, to go on inspections to get “under the skin” of homes and agencies looking after elderly and disabled people.



Taken From the Telegraph [to read full article Click Here]

Disgraceful" short care visits on rise


Short care visits to elderly and disabled people are "disgraceful" and on the rise, a charity has claimed.



In England, 60% of councils use 15-minute visits, which are not long enough to provide adequate care, Leonard Cheshire Disability says.

The charity says such visits can "force disabled people to choose whether to go thirsty or to go to the toilet".

The government said the Care Bill would prevent "inappropriate" short visits but would not outlaw 15-minute visits.

Leonard Cheshire wants a ban on what it calls the "scandal of flying 15-minute visits", lobbying the government to prevent the practice in England.

Click Here to read full article [BBC]


Couple’s tribunal win adds weight to bedroom tax campaign


                                    Bedroom tax 'forcing tenants to rent rooms to drug dealers'


A tribunal’s ruling that a disabled man and his wife do need to sleep in separate bedrooms
has added fresh weight to the campaign to defeat the government’s so-called “bedroom
The couple’s local authority, Herefordshire council, decided last year that their housing
benefit had to be cut because they were “under-occupying” their two-bedroom flat.
But Judge David Jackson, sitting in the first-tier tribunal, decided this week at a hearing in
Hereford that the council’s decision should be over-turned because the couple needed to
sleep in separate bedrooms, due to the husband’s impairment.


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The DWP Carers Allowance online form is now available and has gone live!


The online form is now available to fill in online Click Here for more information




Supporting Working Carers: The Benefits to Families, Business and The Economy


This report outlines the business benefits of supporting working carers including:

  • increasing staff morale and loyalty
  • staff retention
  • reducing sick leave and absenteeism
  • improving staff engagement

The report also says that better support for working carers could save taxpayers £1.3 billion.

The report includes evidence gathered from:

  • an expert steering group and a wider reference group
  • policies being implemented in some European countries
  • employers and business

Download Reports Below



        Click here - Executive summary: supporting working carers            Click Here - Report: supporting working carers



Taken From Direct Gov [Click Here to see Original web page]



Caring For Andrew Marr Changed my Life



Andrew Marr went form being a super-energetic, fit, over-worker to a half-paralysed invalid. His life had totally changed, but of course, his wife's had too as she became her husband's carer!


Click Here To read Full Article

Free Furniture Scheme!


SVP Free Furniture Scheme will be opened Monday to Friday from 11.00a.m to 1p.m. Starting from Monday 30th.September.

There is new NEXT Day delivery service in operation from the same date.

The scheme operates from the Car Park of the Cringlewood Socal Club,Yew Tree Lane,Northern Moor.

Further details from Bernard Tel 07549342311 




                                      Manchester Central Council Area

                                                      St Vincent's Furniture Scheme

                                                                                       Mike Clark

                                              St Vincent's, c/o Hollywood House, Sudell Street, Collyhurst M4 4JF

                                                                                      0161 832 0259
                                                             For all enquiries email

                                                    To contact the manager:


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