AgeUK News

October Newsletter

Today on World Mental Health Day, we’d like to share our recent Carers Newsletter.

Tying in with Mental Health Day, we have an online training session for Islington residents looking after a friend or family member, on 13 October, developed with NHS colleagues. And there’s a chance to hear from our Mental Health Outreach Workers on 20 October, as part of the VAI Health & Wellbeing event. See below for further details.

For information about further events and activities taking place related to “mental health and wellbeing” in Islington, please see the Islington Life website. We’d also like to share a guide from partner Mobilise “Carers’ guide to making friends with our feelings” and the Mother to Mother Carers’ Support Group from Islington Mind (see below).

NEWS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Emotional Support for Carers – Your Mental Health Matters

Thurs 13 Oct, 10.30am-12pm via Zoom 

We’d highly recommend this online training from Islington Carers Hub & C&I NHS Trust especially for carers, sharing tips and guidance for what we can do to look after our emotional health and wellbeing. It will explore how caring can make us feel, opportunities for getting a break from caring and what options there are for counselling, talking therapies and other support. It’s going to be a relaxed, informal session and hope that you might be able to join us.


Introducing Sarah & Emily

Employed by both C&I and Age UK Islington, Mental Health Outreach Workers, Sarah and Emily have been working with us as part of our team since January.

They work with clients to help them to untangle and tackle some of the things that are going on in their lives and also to help them access the rich variety of support that is available in the community.

If you’re caring for someone with a mental health issue who is not currently getting support, you might want to find out more about the Mental Health Outreach Service in our short video (30 secs) and in this interview.

You can also book to see them “in conversation” as part of the Voluntary Action Health & Wellbeing Event on 20 October at 11.30am.

Mother to Mother Carers’ Support Project

If you are a mother caring for an offspring affected by mental health problems, you might be interested in Islington Mind’s Mother to Mother Carers’ Support Project. The offspring can be of any age. Many of the mothers who attend care for an adult offspring.

Are you worried about rising bills & food prices?

Are you worried about rising bills and food prices?  If so, you are not alone. Find out about a number of local Cost of Living events including on 17th October (“Digital Workshop – Energy Saving Tips & Advice”) and 26th October (“Lunch & Learn: Cost of Living & Wellbeing” Islington Town Hall).

We’d also like to share the last part of our “Cost of Living: Managing your Energy Bills” guide. For a calculator to estimate how your energy bills will be affected by the energy price increases and practical steps to help maximise the money you have coming in and what you can do to help reduce your bills click here.

OUR GET TOGETHERS & SUPPORT GROUPS

Let’s Talk Peer Event Wed 19 Oct, 10.45am-12.15pm 

LIFT Islington, 45 White Lion Street, N1 or via Zoom 

Don’t forget that our Let’s Talk Peer Event provides information about financial support that is available, every month. Hosted by Shamin, in October’s Let’s Talk session, there will be a Cost-of-Living Crisis talk by Islington Council Income Maximisation Team (IMAX). Ruby Pearce, Islington Council Commissioning Manager will also be joining us to find out what your needs, wants and wishes are when it comes to Home Care.

Kew Gardens Trip Monday 17 October

Enjoy and admire Kew Gardens with the rich colours of autumn in this free visit organised by Age UK Islington. There is no better place in London to see the changing of the seasons than at the botanical gardens at Kew! The trip is being led by Age UK Islington volunteers. We’ll meet at Kew Gardens’ main entrance at 11.30am. Wear comfortable shoes and bring walking aids if needed.

Regular Get Togethers: Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club Cafe Get Together will be taking place on Tues 25 Oct, 2-4pm.  Early booking is always recommended for these events!

NETWORK EVENTS & PROJECTS

Brickworks Community Centre, Crouch Hill, N4

Tranquil Health & Wellbeing Event, Sat 15 October, 12 – 4pm

We’d like to let you know about two events coming up at Brickworks Community Centre. You might like to try out their Health & Wellbeing Cultural Afternoon. The October session is taking place on Sat 15 October, 12 – 4pm. Click here for more information and to book. There will be a steel band, zumba, poetry, socca music and dancing!

Find Out What’s On in Your Local Parks

It’s the perfect season to spend time in Islington Parks.  Take a walk with someone you know, or find out what’s going on in your local park.  There’s regular planned walks, volunteering, gardening and creative activities that are organised by Islington Parks team and community organisations.  Don’t forget the Health & Wellbeing Walk (dementia-friendly & no need to book) which takes place on the first Friday of every month from the Ecology Centre in Gillespie Park at 10am.

Do you Care for Someone With Dementia?

University College London are looking to provide support to carers who care for someone with dementia and who are struggling with sleep problems. They are recruiting carers and the person that they are caring for, where the person has been diagnosed with dementia and has problems sleeping.

Contacting Islington Carers Hub

If you are in need of financial or practical guidance related to your wellbeing or for the person you care for, or simply need a listening ear, don’t forget that you can call the Islington Carers Hub Helpline on 020 7281 6018 / 3319 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm) or email info@islingtoncarershub.org.

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