Dec 21, 2018

Live Well Westminster Launched!

Earlier this year you generously donated to our project to Help 100 Carers Live a Healthy Life.

With your support we were able to successfully launch the Live Well Westminster project in November 2018.

Working with health and fitness specialists N.ableD C.I.C we have run the first series of 6 workshops for local carers in south Westminster at Churchill Gardens in Pimlico.

Each workshop included an information section where carers learned about important topics such as nutrition and diet and a physical exercise activity.

Another group of carers will be starting the series of 6 workshops in both south Westminster in Pimlico and north Westminster at Beethoven Centre in Queen's Park in January 2019, and we plan to have another 2 series of 6 workshops at same venues in the spring.

Thank you again for helping us successfully launch this vital project!

Yours sincerely,

Mark.

Sep 28, 2018

Thank you! - Carers Network's new project

This Summer we asked for your help in making a health and wellbeing project for carers a reality.

With your generous support, we managed to raise enough funds to begin the project and we are now able to share the news that the project Live Well is about to begin.

We will be working with health and fitness specialists N.abled, who will be helping us deliver a series of workshops for local carers in Westminster. Each workshop will include both an information section, where carers will learn about important topics such as nutrition and diet and a physical exercise activity.

We will be launching the project in November 2018. Thank you once again for your support of this project and for helping to make our plans a reality.

We look forward to updating you on the launch of Live Well project in our next report.

Your sicnerely

Dan.

Aug 10, 2018

'Death doesn't need to be taboo'

"Death doesn't need to be taboo"

 

This is something that you may have heard Francis, our Project Manager say in previous updates and its true.

 

Avoiding talking about it may avoid a moment of awkwardness, but skirting around the issue can have a real effect on a carers life, particularly for those looking after someone approaching the end of their life.

 

One of the great achievements of Francis's work with this project is that he provides carers with an opportunity to have that first, often frank, conversation about death and their feelings about the future. This allows them to consider the questions they have about their caring role, that have often been avoided:

  • How do I get a will in place?
  • What will I do if the person I look after is unable to make decisions for themselves?

 

As part of this project we will be providing carers with practical answers that will help to alleviate their worries. In the coming months we will be delivering an expert workshop that will teach carers about Advanced Planning, which includes:

  • Making a will - this would allow a carer and the carers for person to decide what happened to their personal assets after they die.
  • Lasting Power of Attorney - this would allow a carer to choose other people to make decisions on their behalf should they ever lack the mental capacity to make decisions themselves.

So Francis is right, death doesn't need to be taboo and having an honest conversation about it can lead to activities that can improve a carers quality of life and wellbeing.

Thank you so much for your support of this project, which remains the only of its kind in London, and helps carers through what can understandably be a very difficult time.

 
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