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ZOOM event - Wednesday 13 April from 7 to 8 pm

There are about 5000 unpaid carers in Abingdon and these are estimated to save the UK economy £96 million a year yet many receive little support. However, there are a number organisations in Oxfordshire that provide a range of help and support for those with caring responsibilities in Abingdon.  We are bringing some of these together to talk to us about what help they provide.  This will be followed by questions and discussion.  The presentations are

  • Carers Oxfordshire (which includes Rethink Mental Health): Kay Frances, Head of Carers Support Services in Oxfordshire
  • Autism Family Support: Becky Loveless, Family Support Team Leader
  • Fit 2 Care: Sam Bennet, Chair

You can find more about these groups below.

There many more such groups operating in Abingdon and you can find out about these further below.

Zoom Access: https://brookes.zoom.us/j/85983492103

You don't have to register for this event but it would help us to know who is coming so we would be grateful if you could email dave.

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More information from groups making presentations

Carers Oxfordshire

Caring is such an important part of life. No matter what race, religion or society, caring will cross all our paths at some point.

Carers Oxfordshire is a partnership between Action for Carers Oxfordshire and Rething Mental Illness, both independent charities. Action for Carers Oxfordshire is a local charity whose sole purpose is to support the unpaid carers of Oxfordshire, Rethink Mental Illness is a national charity Working to improve the lives of people and severely affected by mental illness. Carers Oxfordshire is jointly commissioned by Heath and Social Care to provide the primary support service to carers in Oxfordshire.

Web site: https://www.carersoxfordshire.org.uk/ 
Phone: 01235 424715
Email: carersinfo@carersoxfordshire.org.uk 

Autism Family Support...

...provides support, advice, and fun for families.  This includes

  • Information and Advice for parents/carers, includes advice surgeries, telephone support, email, e-bulletins, and support groups.
  • Youth Groups for 8 – 21 year olds autistic people without a learning disability.
  • Summer and Easter Holiday Activities fun community based activities
  • Training for parents, young people, and professionals.
  • Autism Awareness promoting awareness, and better services for families.
  • Consultation and Training for professionals.

Web site: https://www.afso.org.uk/ 
Phone: 01235 754700
Email: info@afso.org.uk 

Fit 2 Care

Fit 2 Care is a small community group run by volunteer parent and family carers. We host affordable fitness classes in Abingdon for family and parent carers. Our aim is to improve the physical and mental health of carers through regular exercise. All classes are suitable for all fitness levels and can accommodate any carer over the age of 18.

Classes are run during school term time sometimes during the day and sometimes during the evening. Spaces are limited and the term of classes must be booked and paid for in advance. All equipment is provided to create as few barriers as possible for carers to access these classes.

Web site: https://fit2care.org/ 
Email: enquiries@fit2care.org 

Information on other groups operating in Abingdon

Be Free Young Carers (BFYC)

BFYC is a local Oxfordshire charity, based in Didcot, that works with young carers aged 8 to 24 across the South Oxfordshire and Vale area. BFYC is the only specialist organisation supporting young carers in Oxfordshire and receives no statutory funding.

We have been supporting young carers for over 25 years with emotional and practical advice they need to manage the stresses and responsibilities of being a young carer, balancing their caring role with school and with the developmental needs of a child.

Be Free Young Carers addresses these needs by providing young carers with:

  • Mental Health support –We offer 121 emotional support for our most vulnerable young carers. We also have developed a Mindfulness movement and wellbeing programme to teach our young carers preventative measures and how to deal with their mental health concerns; 
  • Respite activities - time for themselves away from their caring roles, to make friends, and have fun, these are run in the school holidays. They consist of theme park visits, trips to the beach and other experiences that they would not otherwise get due to their caring role; 
  • Training - in key skills such as first aid, relaxation and cookery/nutrition to improve their self-confidence and ability to cope in their caring roles. 
  • 13+ Group – bespoke group for young carers aged 13 years and older. This group engages an age group that is usually hard to engage with and is user led. Youth Panel – group of proactive young carers that engage with BFYC to help form our policies, agenda and activities. Their feedback is crucial to developing BFYC as a charity. 
  • Young carers leisure card - discounted pay and play activities at local leisure centres; 
  • Quarterly newsletter from BFYC

Web site: https://befreeyc.org.uk/ 
Phone: 01235 838554
Email: yc@befreeyc.org.uk 

Dementia Oxfordshire

Dementia Oxfordshire  works with people diagnosed with dementia and their relatives/carers, providing ongoing support and information on the following:

  • Information about dementia
  • How to get help locally
  • Staying independent
  • Adaptations for your home
  • Benefits and allowances for those with dementia and their carers
  • Additional support and respite breaks
  • Activities and leisure opportunities
  • Planning for the future
  • Financial and legal issues

Web site: https://www.dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk/ 
Phone: 01865 410 210
Email: info@dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk 

Dementia Friendly Abingdon

In working to make the town dementia friendly Dementia Friendly Abingdon (DFA) recognises the need to support those caring for people living with dementia. 

The weekly DFA coffee group provides a safe and supportive environment, both for a person living with dementia and their carer or supporter; allowing them to meet with others in a similar position. The attendees, aided by informed volunteers, naturally provide mutual support and friendship. The group meets on a Thursday morning at 10:30am in the Garden Room, St Ethelwold's House, 30 East St Helen Street, Abingdon OX14 5EB. 

The DFA Supporters Newsletter includes information on all sources of support for those affected by dementia, including carers. Contact us for more information about the Coffee Group or to sign up to receive the DFA Supporters Newsletter

Email: dementiafriendlyabingdon@gmail.com 
Facebook Page; https://www.facebook.com/dementiafriendlyabingdon/ 

Oxfordshire Family Support Network

Oxfordshire Family Support Network has a small team of Family Support workers/advocates who are all family carers of people with learning disabilities themselves.

It offers:

  • Information, advice and support on a range of issues that affect families of people with learning disabilities via email or telephone. 
  • Some queries can be answered straightaway through direct advice or signposting, however if you need more ongoing or in depth support we can allocate a family support worker to help you if appropriate 
  • Support for families at meetings with professionals. 
  • Events, workshops and training opportunities for family carers and professionals. 
  • Opportunities to meet with professionals through our online Question and Answer sessions.

Web site: https://www.oxfsn.org.uk/ 
Email: Info@OxFSN.org.uk 
Phone: 07891 734987 or 07821 987080

Oxfordshire Crossroads Care

Oxfordshire Crossroads is a registered charity and a leading provider of home care services. Whatever your need, we will strive to accommodate you with a package of care that fits around you and your family. We also provide respite breaks to allow you time to be yourself. We listen to you.

Crossroads Care has been providing care for over 30 years and is an accredited provider, holding several contracts with local councils. We work closely with the Care Quality Commission to ensure our services are responsive and safe. We currently provide support throughout Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Web site: https://www.oxfordshirecrossroads.org.uk/ 
Email: care@oxfordshirecrossroads.org.uk 
Phone: 01865 260 280

I Care, You Care

I Care You Care

  • is the Oxford Health NHS carers strategy that looks to guide us through the next 3 years to further our commitment to put family, friends and carers at the heart of everything we do, and
  • sets out our pledge to support and seamlessly work alongside family, friends and carers as well as or patients and service users

You can read more about our aims, the progress we are making and our future plans in the strategy Family, Friends and Carers Strategy 2021-24.

Our “Caring for our carers” webpage offers various information, guidance and resources for family, friends and carers. 

Your feedback is important to us and if you are accessing our services with your relative or friend, please do take time to share your feedback with a member of staff or through our carers survey.

For any further information please contact icareyoucare@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 

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