While our hubs, clubs and groups cannot meet as normal we are providing some groups that are meeting together by video conferencing.
If you are interested in joining one of these you can email [email protected] or call 0345 241 0954. We can also help you get set up on Zoom, which is what we use to meet together.
These groups are based on the times family carer hubs would normally meet. You do not need to live in the area of the group you want to join in with while we are meeting virtually, but choosing a group local to you will help you join in with its activities when we go back to meeting normally:
- Girton – Third Tuesday of the month at 10am
- Great Shelford – Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 10am
- Huntingdon, Ramsey, Ely, Wisbech and Peterborough – Every three weeks on a Wednesday at 10.30am – 30 September, 21 October, 11 November, 2 December, 23 December
Caring for adults with learning disabilities or autism
The social care institute for excellence has produced a guide to help family members and carers supporting adults and children with learning disabilities or an autistic adult or child through the COVID-19 crisis. Its aim is to ensure that carers are able to carry on giving good, safe support to their family members during the pandemic. You can see it at www.scie.org.uk/care-providers/coronavirus-covid-19/learning-disabilities-autism/carers-family
Caring for older adults
Health Innovation Network South London have put together a guide to a range of online resources which could be very valuable to people struggling to keep older people, particularly this with dementia, occupied and stimulated during the current coronavirus (COVID)-19 crisis.
The Health Innovation Network is the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for south London.
Please remember, if you, or someone you know needs advice about Dementia, the Dementia UK helpline nurses offer practical and emotional support and can be contacted on 0800 888 6678 or by emailing [email protected]. The helpline is open seven days a week, 9am-9pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-5pm on weekends
You can sign up to their newsletter and see the latest updates at www.dementiauk.org/
Dementia Carers Count – Virtual Carers Centre
Dementia Carers Count (DCC) supports family carers of people with dementia. Their key services usually include three-day and one-day courses, delivered face to face with carers. As these are not running DCC has developed a range of remote and online services, all of which can be found in their Virtual Carers Centre. Resources currently include videos from professionals and fellow carers, bitesize courses, blogs with tips and advice, and one-to-one calls with our team of experts.
This can be found at dementiacarers.org.uk/virtual-carers-centre/
Support for carers of people with Dementia
Dementia Support UK have resources and support available for people looking after someone with dementia. These can be found at dementiasupportuk.org
Music for people living with dementia
Did you know? Listening to music promotes wellbeing and connections for people living with dementia. If the person you look after has dementia you can tune in to m4d Radio. This is a new internet radio station playing advertisement-free music 24 hours a day. There are five stations. You can pick your era and enjoy music that means something to the person you care for. To tune in please go to m4dradio.com
Love to Move
The British Gymnastics Federation’s seated activity programme, Love to Move, designed to get older people moving and functioning better, is now available online.
To see lead deliver Kim Hall take you through sessions you can do seated in your own home head to britishgymnasticsfoundation.org/take-part-love-move-online/