Many Golden lane residents help to look after a neighbour, spouse, family member or friend who needs your support. The person may have eg a short-term or long-term health condition, disability, frailty, substance misuse or a mental health condition.
Did you know items such as picking up shopping, being a listening ear, picking up prescriptions, taking a person to appointments, helping with meals/ paperwork etc all come under the banner of being a "carer". In 2014 the government passed the Care Act, in which you have certain rights that local councils, businesses and our City Corporation needs to meet.
Most residents think of a carer as a paid carer worker in a blue uniform. Without realising, the term carer is for those who are caregiving not paid to do so.
CoL has a contract with City Connections (since 2019) to meet the needs of City residents/City workers who also have a caring responsibility.
Here at City Carers Community, a resident group, we started in April 2020 to highlight the needs of caregivers/unpaid carers in the City of London to ask if the needs are being met with adequate support. Similar to if we lived a mile away in our neighbouring boroughs.
24th November is National Carers Rights Day. https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campa ... rights-day
The following events have been compiled by City Connections. I noticed they weren't in the recent the Golden estate newsletter, therefore I am sharing it here. We, City Carers Community, will also be hosting two Zooms Thursday 24th & Sunday 27th at 7.30 pm Open to all to join.
Here is what's going on Open to any City Resident or City Worker to join:
Carers Wellbeing Hour: 24th November 10:00-11:00 Via Zoom. relaxing meditation with Innerspace and followed by a talk from Mind City on mental health support for carers.
Meeting ID: 816 4391 2484
Cost of Caring Event: 24th of November 14:00-16:00 @ Golden Lane Community Centre or via Zoom. The hybrid event will include speakers from different organisations including City Advice and Councilor Anne Corbett. There will be sandwiches and hot drinks available and please feel welcome to bring your friends and family too.
Meeting ID: 899 6843 3032
Carers Poetry Hour: Thursday 24th November 4:30-5:30 @Sir Ralph Perring Centre golden lane estate or via Zoom. Celebrating Carers Rights Day as we delve into some beautiful literature on caring. Please bring your friends and family along too.
Meeting ID: 899 6193 7942
Helping someone regularly - What rights do you have? Q&A hosted by residents (part of City Carers Community) : Thursday 24th and Sunday 27th November 7:30-8:30pm (Online). Topics covered your rights and How to find support in the City. Drop-in sessions are run by residents voluntarily. Any questions email CityCarersCommunity@gmail.com
Meeting ID: 852 0404 1882
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