City and Hackney Carers Centre newsletter

Welcome to Hackney Carers Centre’s email newsletter. This is where we let you know about forthcoming events, projects and services for carers run by Hackney Carers Centre and other local organisations.  Weekly Activities & Services at Hackney Carers Centre
 TUESDAY | 24 JANUARY Our online strength class STRONGER returns on a new day!
9am – 9.30am

Making a welcome return to the schedule is our 30-minute Zoom strength class, Stronger. Designed to help carers develop the upper and lower body strength needed for manual handling, this class is a lively, fun way to exercise. You’ll need a couple of cans of food or two water bottles to lift. Prepare to sweat (a little bit!)

Register for one or all of the sessions here. 

Chair Based Exercise for Kings Park ward residents

We’re running a FREE weekly seated exercise session for residents of Kings Park ward who’d like to try something new. The class is very gentle and led by the lovely Sophie-Grace (a former ballet dancer!) No need to sign up, just drop in.

Location: Kingsmead Community Hall, 8-9 Kingsmead Way, E9 5QG (here is a link to the map
Funded by King’s Park Moving Together and Sport England.
WEDNESDAY | 25 JANUARYAdvice LineEvery Wednesday, 10am–4pm
Call: 0208 533 0951

Call and speak directly to one of our advisors, no appointment needed. They can help you understand your rights and entitlements as a carer and also for the person you care for. They can: do benefit checks; give housing and disability related advice; complete applications for DLA, PIP, Carers Allowance (appointments will need to be made for these). We offer advice in Dutch, Somali, Bengali, Urdu and Hindi as well as English.

You can also self-refer by email or via the form on our website: 
FRIDAY | 27 JANUARYSeated Chair Exercise

Chair Disco is back in Hackney Wick! An hour-long chair exercise class unlike any other — banging tunes and sick choreo make a chair-based class with a difference. Join us! And stay for the free community lunch after. No need to sign up, just drop in.

Location: St Mary of Eton Church, 95 Eastway, E9 5JA in Hackney (here is a link to the map
Getting there: Bus numbers 276 / 236 / 488 / 30 / 26 / 388, or Hackney Wick Overground Hackney Carers Centre Partnership Work 
Do you need help with a benefit appeal?The Carers Centre Tower Hamlets and City & Hackney Carers Centre are funded by Trust for London to support unpaid carers with benefit appeals.If you are a carer in City & Hackney or Tower Hamlets, we can support you and the person you care for with DLA, PIP, ESA or any other benefit appeals.

If you need support with an appeal or any other benefits advice please contact the carers centre on 020 8533 0951 or email us at  Make A WillWe are delighted to be partnered with Jones Whyte to provide legal services such as their Will for Charity service, a Will Review service & a special Price Power of Attorney Service. Make a Will and support City & Hackney Carers CentreYou can choose from 2 levels of service with Jones Whyte – Level 1 is a free online Will service with their partner Wellington Wills, and Level 2 is a meeting with one of their Estate Planning Consultants who will consider your circumstances and recommend the best type of Will for you (a fee will be quoted). They will make a donation of £30 to our Charity when your Will is completed. Please consider making a Gift in your Will for City & Hackney Carers Centre. This will ensure we can continue to offer our valuable service in the future. Will Review​You may already have a Will, but is it correct and up to date? Sometimes a Will is sufficient but very often it is not. Get your Will checked before it’s too late. The review is only £150 + VAT. If you need a new Will the fee for the review will go towards the new Will. Special Price Power of AttorneyA Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document which appoints someone to act for you if you become unable to make decisions or manage your affairs. Jones Whyte will prepare your Power of Attorney for only £349+VAT per person. They even include the Health & Welfare Power free of charge. They will make a donation of £45 to our Charity when your POA is completed. If you are interested in this please contact Jones Whyte (please see website link below) but please mention City & Hackney Carers Centre to ensure that both yourself and the Carers Centre benefit from this wonderful offer. 
Short breaks for unpaid carers Hotel Short breaks for unpaid carers Aged 18 or over

Carefree transforms vacant accommodation into vital breaks for unpaid carers.We know all too well how challenging a full-time caring role can be, so a few days away with a partner or a friend can work wonders. It may seem like a small thing, but our experience shows us that it can make a huge difference. Breaks consist of 2-night hotel stays, plus breakfast at the cost of a £25 admin fee. You are welcome to take a companion but not the person(s) you care for.
‘Time and freedom to be myself again’. Rochelle – unpaid carer who stayed at Coulsdon Manor’
 To qualify for a break, you must be: Aged 18 or over, full-time unpaid carer (30+ hours per week).  You must be able to safely leave your cared for and be able to pay for extras such as travel, food and travel insurance.To register, call City & Hackney Carers Centre on 020 8533 0951 or email, who can refer you.

 GET INVOLVED : PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR HACKNEY CARERSFree Yoga | Balance, Breath, Move & ConnectJoin us for a FREE 1 hour yoga on Saturdays at the Pedro Club, from 10:00am to 11:00am to build strength, balance and confidence.

Location: Pedro Youth Club, 175 Rushmore Road, London E5 0HD
 Free physical activities for over 50s in HackneyNew Age Games is a free physical activity programme for Hackney residents aged 50 and over. Their autumn timetable has just been published. >> Read more

 HELP US, HELP YOU : RESEARCH & SERVICES FOR HACKNEY CARERS Survey for Community Health Assessment – Take Part and share your health Experiences!
The City and Hackney’s Public Health team are reviewing the health needs and priorities of local residents related to health behaviours, such as dietary and smoking behaviours. We would like to gather feedback from residents to make sure we understand how best to support residents to take steps to be as healthy as possible in the City of London and Hackney.*
Feedback will be reviewed and considered as part of our healthy weight and smoking needs assessment, which will include a set of recommendations for local action that can improve diets, physical activity and smoking rates across the City and Hackney.

Get involved

Residents areinvited to join an online focus group taking place in January and February 2023 to tell us their experiences and viewsRegister your interest by completing the form here.  You will receive a £30 Love2Shop digital voucher for your participation.
Take part in Research: Are you caring for someone with a learning disability?Warwick University are carrying out research and would like to speak to carers looking after those with a learning disability about making plans for the future for health emergencies.  They are really keen to get the voices of carers to be heard on this topic.

There’s more information about the whole project here and a link to a video explaining the part of the research with carers and people with a learning disability here.
 OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR HACKNEY CARERSFree Cooking Classes for CarersDo you live in hackney and provide regular unpaid care for a family member or friend? Do you help a family member, child, friend or neighbour? THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU!

The Cooking courses will be on the following dates:
Wednesday 22, February 2023 
Wednesday 1, March 2023 
Wednesday 8, March 2023 
Wednesday 15, March 2023 
Wednesday 22, March 2023 
Wednesday 29, March 2023 

Location: Liberty Hall, 128 Clapton Commons, E5 9AA 

Make sure to join us by registering here : ENROLL.

 Warm Hubs in Libraries
Eight Hackney libraries will now act as community ‘warm hubs’ 
The Council has designated all eight of its libraries as ‘warm hubs’.

These welcoming spaces for the community to keep warm, and where they can also access free wifi, books and other resources.

The Council is supporting more organisations to develop their own
warm hubs too – and help them to get onto the national warm hubs map.
For our Jewish CarersJewish Care continue to run a variety of friendly and welcoming support groups that meet in person or virtually to help keep everyone connected. For more information, please call Jewish Care Direct helpline on 020 8922 2222.YACTHE JEWISH LISTENING LINE IS HERE TO SUPPORT YOU. Our friendly, trained volunteers will listen to your worries or concerns, HOWEVER BIG OR SMALL. Free, confidential, anonymous, non-advisory and WITHOUT JUDGEMENT0800 652 9249 LANDLINE 020 3096 2875SUN-THURS 12pm-12amFRI 12-3pm (Closed during Shabbat and Jewish Festivals)
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