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Patient Engagement Weekly Bulletin – Thursday 18th April 2019

Posted on 25th April, 2019 in News

Subject:       Carers Support Group Volunteers required in Somerset: Bishops Lydeard, Creech St Michael, Dulverton, Minehead, Taunton, and Wellington; plus telephone Befriender based in Victoria Gate, Taunton.

Engage, on behalf of Community Council for Somerset (CCS)  are looking for volunteers to support Carers Groups in the West Somerset and Taunton Deane areas.
The volunteers would be required to:
•    Meet and greet guests at the carers groups.
•    Keep the group talking/hosting skills if the carers agents is busy with a 1:1.
•    Make tea and coffee.
•    Have good listening skills.
About CCS (Carers Support Service)
Community Council for Somerset (CCS) supports people who live and work in Somerset communities. They do this through a range of diverse projects which bring together people who care about local community life in Somerset. One of their projects is the Carers Support Service.  This service is for those who regularly look after someone in a caring capacity. The Somerset Carers Service can support carers by offering advice and guidance. Caring for another person is very rewarding, but can be overwhelming and lonely at times.    Somerset Carers Service can help link individuals to groups & events in their area. It also finds facts and information that will help the person that is being cared for with their particular needs.What are they looking for?

People who are happy to help with practical tasks and are good listeners.

Practical Considerations

Sessions are either weekly or monthly depending on the group you choose to support.
For more information please visit:  https://somersetcarers.org/whats-on-in-your-area/

Should you wish to volunteer for the Carers Service, you can download an application form by clicking here

Subject:   REMINDER    AGM for League of Friends of South Petherton Community Hospital – Thursday 25 April 2019

The League of Friends for South Petherton Community Hospital will be holding their AGM on Thursday 25 April 2019 from 6.30pm at the hospital (TA13 5EF).  Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be the main speaker for the evening.  Do come along and find out what the merger between Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust means for you and much more……  Everyone is welcome.  Please confirm attendance by emailing  chair@lofsph.org.uk

Join us from 6.30pm for drinks and nibbles and a chance to find out more about the amazing people and projects that the League of Friends supports.  The Trustees and the hospital staff will be delighted to meet you.

Subject:   REMINDER  Launch of The Heads Up Training Room – Friday 26 April 2019

We would like to invite you to attend the Launch of The Heads Up Training Room on Friday 26th April at 2pm at Heads Up, Upper Breach, South Horrington, Wells BA5 3QG

Specialist mental health trainers Carolyn Smith & Colin Nash have almost 50 years of experience between them within mental health services, many of them at senior levels in the NHS, local Authorities and a national mental health charity. They will be offering a wide range of mental health training exclusively on behalf of Heads Up.

The government commissioned a report last year called Thriving at Work. This tells us that poor mental health at work is costing employers between £33 and £42 billion a year across the UK – in Somerset alone that is between £132 and £150 million a year.

Please join Carolyn and Colin at the launch event to learn more about the mental health training courses that they will be offering, and how this will benefit our local community.

Please RSVP by Thursday 18th April at the latest claire@headsupsomerset.org.uk

Claire Hak

Fundraising Officer

Heads Up Somerset