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Chair/Board Member Vacancy.

Camden Carers Centres wonderful Chair is stepping down after 5 years in the role and we are looking for a new Chair. You would be joining the organisation at an exciting time; we have just secured a three year contract from Camden to continue to deliver services to carers in the borough.
 
The Board of Trustees is responsible for supporting the organisation in its endeavours and holding the CEO to account on behalf of its funders and commissioners. The Chair has two over lapping roles: to work with the CEO and to work with the Board and its subcommittees.  You will need to commit approximately 6-10 hours/month.
 
If you are interested in the above position or would just like to find out more please contact Allegra Lynch Chief Executive Officer for an informal chat on 020 7428 8950 or email allegra@camdencarers.org.uk for more info. A discussion with the current Chair to find out more about the role can also be arranged. Applicants will need to submit a CV and supporting statement by the end of June 2018. Appointments will be made following an informal interview process by members of the board and the current Chair. 
 
Click here to download the advert.

 

Carers feedback; Reduce Isolation of Carers aged 50+.

Dr Nina Kumari is working on new ways to reduce social isolation among carers who are aged 50+ and would like your feedback. She would like to meet with carers on the 31st May.
Carers who meet with Dr Kumari will be reimbursed with a £20 gift voucher.

For more information please click here

 

Care Free Breaks:

Carefreebreaks offers 3-night or 7-night breaks for UNPAID CARERS in rental accommodation such as holiday cottages or hotels, usually during the low season or mid-week. 
The scheme is specifically designed to give you a break from your caring responsibilities.

For more information and to see if you are eligible please click here.
 

Carers Study: We want to better support carers: Are you a carer? If so we would like your help.

If you are a carer, we would like to invite you to take part in a research study, The study is run by Queen Mary University, UCLPartners, Care City and Carers UK Barking and Dagenham.
The study is to help understand how carers access education and support in developing the skills they need for their role as a carer.
 
If you agree to take part, you will be invited to complete a short telephone interview to be held on a day and at a time that is convenient to you. The interview will take about 15-20 minutes. If you prefer to meet in person, this can also be arranged.
You will be asked questions about your experience as a carer, and your experience of accessing help and support.
 
If you are willing to take part, please email Marva Gregorio De Souza using the subject “Carer study” or call on 020 7679 6987.
 
Click here for more information.

 

Eat Well Spend Less Course - Learn how to cook and eat healthily on a budget.

Eat Well Spend Less is a free six-session course teaching people cookery skills and household budgeting tips to help make tight budgets stretch further. Typically, we look at the basics of cookery, budgeting, hygiene and nutrition.

Starts Wednesday 25th April, 11am - 1:30pm.

Click here to download a flyer.

For further information please call Salavtion Army Chalk Farm on 020 7483 3763 or email info@chalkfarm.foodbank.org

 

A Feasibility study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for older people with treatment-resistant generalised anxiety disorder (FACTOID)

If you are aged 65 and over and have difficulties with worrying then we would like your help in developing a new form of treatment to help with this: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a form of talking therapy that helps people learn how to live with distressing thoughts and feelings, while still doing things that really matter to them.

The FACTOID team are currently conducting a research study to see whether they can develop this type of therapy for older people who have difficulties with worrying that have not responded well to treatment.

For further information on this please contact Kate Kimona on 020 3108 7833 or email k.kimona@ucl.ac.uk 

Click here to download a flyer, click here to download an eligibility form. 

 

Volunteering

CCS offers a range of opportunities for volunteering. Volunteers are recruited and managed by our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Azka Sohail, as part of the Breaks and Activities Team. 
Current volunteer roles include
  • Befrienders for older carers. Click here for role description.
  • Support at events and activities. 
  • General office and admin support, including mailings.
  • Publicity group (carer-volunteers). Click here for brief details. 
  • Members of the CCC Board of Trustees
  • Volunteer walk leader (see below):

Free one-day courses are available to anyone interested in leading walks for the Camden Walking for Health scheme. The training is aimed at anyone who would like to set up a new walk with an existing community or interest group, or volunteer with an existing or new health walk in Camden. It's a great way to socialise, keep active and find out more about your local area. You will join a team of volunteers and be fully supported by the Camden Active Living team.
To find out more about the course or to book a place email Azka@camdencarers.org.uk or phone 020 7428 8950. Click here for a Walk Leaders' newsletter. 

If you would like to know more about volunteering with CCS, please click Volunteering on the sidebar or contact Azka on the above phone number or email address.
 

Camden Carers' Voice

CCV is the independent voice of unpaid carers and former carers in Camden. It represents the interests and needs of carers by being carer-led, drawing on everyone's skills, talents and abilities to campaign and lobby for carers' rights. It is managed by a Steering Group of representatives - all carers or former carers. Find out more
Since 2014 CCS/CCV has had an an elected Camden councillor as its Carers’ Champion. From May 2015 this has been Councillor Richard Cotton.
 
CCV meetings dates:
The first CCV meeting of 2018 will be on 8th February. Futher future dates will be added shortly.

For further information on CCV, please contact Philippa Russell at Centre 404: 020 7697 1336 or email philippar@centre404.org.uk

 

Wall Climbing for people with disabilities

Launching on 30th June 2017, taking place at Swiss Cottage Lesiure Centre, Adelaide Road, London, NW3 3NF.

Every Friday:
• 7-8pm Climbing for people who are blind or partially sighted.
• 8-9pm Climbing for wheelchair users and people with physical disabilities

Try your first session for free.
£5 per session per person aged 16+.

For more information and to register your interest, please contact Swiss Cottage Climbing Centre by calling 020 7974 1351 or email swisscottageclimbing@gll.org