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Started by: jo anne (33386) 

Zoom Call, Thursday 11th June, 7pm - 8pm

Wigan Council (Facebook):
A chance to ask questions about caring & the local support available.

The call is free for anybody to join - Link
Once downloaded or loaded, just enter this meeting ID code: 823 4768 5652


#MakeCaringVisible

Started: 11th Jun 2020 at 17:50

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre support carers who look after a family member or friend with an illness or disability.



Links:
www.wlcccarers.com / Facebook / @WiganLeighCarer / @DiabetesPower1 (Chief Officer)

Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre, 7 Frederick St, Hindley, Wigan, WN2 3BD
Tel: 01942 705959 / Contact Form: Link

Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 17:52
Last edited by jo anne: 11th Jun 2020 at 17:58:59

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Wigan & Leigh Young Carers is a volunteer led charity which supports young carers (up to 18) & young adult carers (16-24) and their families.



Links: www.walyc.org.uk / Facebook Group / @WiganandLeighYC

Wigan & Leigh Young Carers, Patrick House, 58 Leigh Rd, Leigh. WN7 1QR
T: 01942 679352 / E: info@walyc.org.uk / Enquiry Form - Link

Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 18:04

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Merger Statement (June 2020):


Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 18:07

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Support for Carers - www.wigan.gov.uk

Week-long thank you to recognise the vital role of carers - www.wigan.gov.uk / Facebook / @WiganCouncil

@WiganCouncil:
During #CarersWeek we're launching a logo competition with a Nintendo Switch Lite prize.
We want a logo which symbolises carers in the borough and used to identify people who have participated in awareness sessions starting this year. Please email d.dowd@wigan.gov.uk to take part

Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 18:21

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

@WiganLeighCarer (26 Jun):

Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre and Wigan & Leigh Young Carers value your feedback

‘Consultation on proposed merger between WLCC & WLYC’ - LINK

Replied: 26th Jun 2020 at 16:26
Last edited by jo anne: 26th Jun 2020 at 16:27:41

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Mindfulness Walks for Carers & Cared For

On Wed 22nd July and Wed 29th July

Limited free tickets available: Link

Replied: 3rd Jul 2020 at 16:05

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

The winning entry for Wigan’s new carers awareness logo, designed by 14yo Megan Crawford - Link

Replied: 22nd Aug 2020 at 15:50

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Training/Support Programme for September, all unpaid carers welcome. You can book online at wlcccarers.com or contact the centre on 01942 705959



Replied: 24th Aug 2020 at 07:10

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 


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Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Replied: 10th Sep 2020 at 20:39

Posted by: basil brush (16183)

I wonder how much these, forgotten heroes, save the government each year?.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 11:05

Posted by: grimshaw (2510) 

Good point basil.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 11:15

Posted by: basil brush (16183)

you can bet its millions, grim.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 12:12

Posted by: grimshaw (2510) 

Sure will be basil .
With little recognition from the powers that be .

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 12:23

Posted by: basil brush (16183)

Definitely, and pay them a pittance to.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 12:53

Posted by: blackrodweaver (613) 

Thanks for the info jo anne have applied for and emergency card great info given

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 19:46

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

You’re welcome, Blackrodweaver. The Carers Centre is a great organisation.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 20:19

Posted by: PeterP (8306)

For the last 8yrs I have been my wifes carer and got paid Carers Allowance. In May of this year I started drawing my State pension and had my Carers Allowance stopped. You cannot have both. I am still a full time carer but now dont get any money for doing this

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 20:22

Posted by: raymyjamie (6778)

Seems very unfair Peter.
Is your pension more than your caring allowance?, I don’t want to know the values.

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 20:31

Posted by: PeterP (8306)

Yes and even if I had defered my pension they would still stop the Carers Allowance

Replied: 13th Sep 2020 at 20:44

Posted by: basil brush (16183)

Absolutely disgusting, tell them you need carers to come round every day

Replied: 14th Sep 2020 at 09:08

Posted by: blackrodweaver (613) 

peterp have you tried claiming Attendance Allowance. in your wifes name

Replied: 14th Sep 2020 at 20:17

Posted by: Heatons68 (59)

PeterP did you get a letter saying you have
"underlying entitlement "to carers allowance , if so you get a premium towards . council tax . You have to produce your letter at the life centre .

Replied: 14th Sep 2020 at 20:30

Posted by: PeterP (8306)

Blackrodweaver my wife can only get her state pension in 18 months time when she turns 66 yrs of age.Yet another stab in the back for women moving the pension age from 60 to 66. She cannot claim Attendance Allowance until she reaches state pension ageNot looked into this further but knowing the system it will be either she can claim PIP which she gets now or she can get Attendance Allowance

Replied: 15th Sep 2020 at 08:41

Posted by: blackrodweaver (613) 

Peterp same as my wife shes 66 in dec,

however they did point me towards Pension credit but I cant claim that.
If you've not gone down this road before, which Im sure you have hers a link to read about it.
all the best

Pension credit info

Replied: 15th Sep 2020 at 19:45

Posted by: tonker (23046) 

Don't be misled. Peter will have substantial pension income as he worked (well, he went every day!) at t'pit. It follows that one could easily shoot oneself it t'foot!

My mum had a good job, my dad worked at t'pit (seven days a week, often 16 hour shifts etc.).
Dad died at 60, Mum died at 90. Mum got maximum state pension, two private pensions and my Dad's miners pension. Total income was over £400 a week.
When she fell ill, after a brain haemorrhage at 85 years old, she had to pay for everything.

I should imagine all of those who have worked all their life are in the same boat?

Replied: 15th Sep 2020 at 21:10

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Wigan Council Carers Web Pages

We need your help to improve our web pages. Please could you take a look at them & then tell us what you think?

Web pages ~ www.wigan.gov.uk

Survey Link (Open till Fri 9th Oct)

Replied: 30th Sep 2020 at 16:22

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

WLCC October Newsletter


Replied: 6th Oct 2020 at 17:59

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

You can join WLCC’s ‘Virtual AGM’ on Monday 12th October from midday.

To join the meeting - click here - and enter the following details.

Meeting ID: 827 4166 9948

Passcode: 483556

View the agenda here : AGM Agenda

Replied: 6th Oct 2020 at 18:04

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Crossroad Carers Support Group

Autumn Newsletter 2020



Read it all online - here

www.ccsgsupport.com / Facebook

Replied: 28th Oct 2020 at 11:33
Last edited by jo anne: 28th Oct 2020 at 11:34:34

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 



Links:
www.wlcccarers.com / Facebook / @WiganLeighCarer / @DiabetesPower1 (Chief Officer)

Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre, 7 Frederick St, Hindley, Wigan, WN2 3BD
Tel: 01942 705959 / Contact Form: Link

Replied: 6th Nov 2020 at 11:45

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

10th Nov is Carers Rights Day

Find out about your rights - Carers UK

Carers UK host a Carers Forum - Link



www.wlcccarers.com/

Replied: 10th Nov 2020 at 12:53

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Whoops, sorry, 26th Nov is Carers’ Rights Day!

@WiganLeighCarer (18th Nov):
On Thursday 26 Nov, we will be hosting a Virtual Coffee Afternoon for #CarersRightsDay. This will be an opportunity to have a relaxed chat with Brian, our Welfare Rights Advisor. If you are caring for someone and want to know more about your rights, please join. #KnowYourRights


www.wlcccarers.com

Replied: 18th Nov 2020 at 14:12

Posted by: basil brush (16183)

Thanks for the info, joanne.

Replied: 18th Nov 2020 at 14:13

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

You’re welcome, Basil.

A bit more about the Virtual Coffee Morning (from Facebook):

You can access the event using Zoom from 2pm on Thursday 26 Nov. Please email lisa.fletcher@wlcccarers.com for a link. If you can't attend online, why not send in a question ahead of time?

Replied: 18th Nov 2020 at 15:16

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

@WiganLeighCarer:
If you are a carer for someone living with mental illness it can sometimes feel difficult to support your loved one or to get the answers you might need. Registered carers at #WLCC are welcome to join this upcoming training led by @NWBoroughsNHS



Unpaid carers can register by calling 01942 705959.

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 19:35

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Nov Newsletter - @WiganLeighCarer:

The merger between the Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre and Wigan & Leigh Young Carers is expected to be complete by the end of the month.


Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 14:47

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

@WiganLeighCarer:
Are you a carer living with Long Covid then pls join for support & friendship …

New Covid-19 Recovery Peer Support Group for Carers living in Greater Manchester.

First meeting on Mon 23 Nov from 12.30pm on Zoom

Call 07702-668169 or email mhcc.engagement@nhs.net

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 14:57

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Replied: 1st Dec 2020 at 23:03

Posted by: PeterP (8306)

Blackrodweaver I looked into Attendance Allowance for my missus in the future and if you claim Att Allowance they stop PIP again you cannot have both My wife is on the enhanced higher tier of PIP and came get a motability car through this. You cannot have a motability car on Att Allowance They have you all ways. As tonkers says if you have a few bob in the bank or draw a certain amount you can claim bugger all. No council tax relief no pension credit no claim for this new Government Scheme for double glazing no new boiler etc. Does it pay you to workand try to save if you cannot claim anything.

Replied: 2nd Dec 2020 at 11:27

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

@WiganLeighCarer (4th Dec):
In order to best provide training & support for carers we’d like to know what activities you feel will benefit you.

Short survey: Link

Replied: 4th Dec 2020 at 13:36

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Crossroad Carers Support Group Christmas Newsletter: Link

Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre Dec Newsletter: Link

If you'd like to receive the newsletter by email then contact: lisa.fletcher@wlcccarers.com

From Facebook - Link
Telephone support line: 01942 705959


Replied: 19th Dec 2020 at 14:54

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Share Your Story



What is it like to be an adult or young carer in the Wigan Borough?

Wigan and Leigh Carers are looking for people who are willing to share their story, their personal perspective - this can be anonymously.

You may not think about yourself as being a carer, you may simply see yourself as someone’s friend, partner, daughter or son. If you’re looking after someone who can’t manage without your help, then you are a carer.




Facebook / Twitter

Replied: 21st Dec 2020 at 16:35

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

A survey to help WLCC evaluate the delivery of their services & continue to learn from the experiences of local carers.

Survey Link

Replied: 2nd Jan 2021 at 13:58

 

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