East Cambridgeshire

Caring Together provides care services across East Cambridgeshire including Ely, Soham, Burwell and Littleport. Find out about our range of support for people with care needs and family carers who live in East Cambridgeshire.

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News in East Cambridgeshire

Christmas hampers for carers – show your support for those looking after a loved one 

We are teaming up with local business, Maxine Lester Lettings and Property Management, with an appeal to help people looking after family members this Christmas. You can get involved and make a difference. We are asking people to donate £25 towards hampers, and other seasonal food and goodies that will be given to young carers […]

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Join the conversation – what issues are important for parents and carers?

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust are asking for parents and carers to join in the conversation in understanding what health issues are important to them during this COVID-19 pandemic? The trust run online parent/carer working together groups every 8 weeks and, if you look after a family member or friend, would like you to join […]

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New ‘Think Delirium’ initiative launched for carers and families

A new initiative, Think Delirium, has been launched by AgeSpace.org to raise awareness and provide information on delirium. Delirium is state of mental confusion and a condition which can often be confused with signs of dementia, and can be missed by families and care professionals. The condition can be caused by other health conditions including urinary […]

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You can help carers get the support they need this Carers Rights Day

This year’s Carers Rights Day is on Thursday 26 November. It is an important opportunity to make more carers aware of their rights, help them know how to get the support available to them, and to raise awareness of the needs of carers. Caring Together, a charity that supports carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk […]

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NEON want to hear about your mental health experiences

Do you care for someone experiencing mental health issues? Many of the stories you can access in the NEON Trial show the power of your love and support. NEON have an interactive website where you can read recovery stories. They are looking for more people who are over the age of 18, living in England, […]

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Support for carers in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

If you look after a family member or friend in the Cambridgeshire or Peterborough area there is support available for you. Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council commission a range of services for carers. For Carers Rights Day, which is on Thursday 26 November, they have produced a video hosted by Helen Duncan. In […]

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Guide to Peterborough City Hospital for carers

If you are a carer knowing what to expect, and the support available to you and the person you look after, if they go into hospital can be very valuable. Peterborough City Hospital have a range of sources of information for carers. For Carers Rights Day on Thursday 26 November they have also produced a […]

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Young carers in school – the value of good support

One of the fastest growing age groups of carers is young carers. This means that having the right support in schools is invaluable for first of all identifying young carers who may be helping to look after a brother, sister, parent or another family member. Magdalen Gates Primary School have the Carer Friendly Tick Award […]

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Caring Together guide to carers’ rights

If you look after a family member or friend, it is important you understand your rights as a carer, and where you are able to access support when you need it. If you would like a PDF of this information please click here to download a copy of our carers rights guide [PDF, 73kB] Right […]

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Carers Rights Day – How Fosters Solicitors are working to support carers

This year Carers Rights Day is being held on Thursday 26th November. The national awareness day aims to ensure carers are aware of their rights and know where they can access help and support, as well as helping to highlight to the wider public the needs of carers. In May 2020 Fosters Solicitors were proud […]

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Support available for adult sibling carers

Growing up with a disabled brother or sister can be a complicated and challenging experience – you are not alone. Are you an adult carer of a sibling in need of support?  Many adult siblings juggle multiple responsibilities, feel isolated and need support in their sibling role. Read our information and advice for adult siblings […]

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Carers Rights Day 2020 – Employment Law

On the 26th November as part of Carers Rights Day 2020 a range of organisations across the UK are joining together to raising awareness and understanding of the rights of carers, people who look after a family member or friend, and the support available to them. One of the ways Caring Together work with other […]

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My role as a care worker – Lydia

At Caring Together we are extremely proud of the homecare service we offer and the way our staff provide such a valued service to so many families. “Just being there so that a family can have a break, is very important. I would highly recommend this job if you’ve got a good heart, if you […]

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Help carers health trainers take shape

A new service for carers to help and support them in making positive lifestyle changes to benefit their health is on the way. If you are a carer, Everyone Health, who will be delivering this service, want you to help them shape the service they deliver. The type of the things they would like to hear […]

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Peterborough College’s work to support carers recognised

Peterborough College have had their activities to identify and support young adult carers recognised by the awarding of the Carer Friendly Tick Award – Education. Colleges and universities have an important role to play in identifying and supporting carers, people who look after a family member or friend. The college has shown how it is […]

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Carer’s card – be identified as a carer

The What If? card has been available for a few years but we have now made it dual purpose – it has become a carer’s card too. Having a carer’s card tells people working in shops, GP surgeries, pharmacies and other places that you are a carer. Our head of carer services Andy McGowan explained […]

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Helping carers with Saturday support

We recently introduced new Saturday appointments that carers can book for one-to-one advice. These carer clinic sessions are held on Zoom on the first Saturday of each month, with carers able to book appointments of 50 minutes from 10am – 1pm. If you are a carer these clinics give you the opportunity to receive one-to-one support […]

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Inside news November 2020

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Have your say on NHS mental health services in Norfolk

Have you used NHS mental health services in Norfolk during the last 12 months? Healthwatch Norfolk are wanting to hear your views and experiences of services provided by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Whether your experience was positive, negative, or just as you expected, Healthwatch Norfolk want to hear about it, so that public […]

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Have your say on learning disability and autism support services

Are you someone living with a disability or autism or are caring for a family member or friend in the East of England? The NHS England’s Learning Disability and Autism team are providing online sessions to hear your views on the services they provide. Find out more on the key dates below:

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Family advice available with Just One Norfolk

Family advice and support is available with Just One Norfolk who are here for Norfolk families going through tough times. Just One Norfolk are funded by Norfolk County Council and offer support services for children’s health and wellbeing. Their website is full of resources to help families in need, particularly helpful in providing advice and […]

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Carers Rights Day fun morning for carers in Norfolk and Waveney

Carers Voice Norfolk & Waveney are inviting carers in their area to get involved in their fun activities happening on the morning of Thursday 26th November 2020, Carers Rights Day. You can join them on Zoom from 10.30am-12.30pm for: prize bingo prize countdown mystery puzzle prize quiz and more! You will need one of their […]

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Research opportunity – parents and carers of young adults with autism

Parents and carers of young adults with autism aged 13 to 25 years are being invited to take part in a new research study – Parental Survey of Physical Activity Levels in Young Adults (13-25 years) with Autism. The survey consists of 30 questions and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. Once the […]

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Inside news for carers November 2020

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Help hidden carers get the support they need

While the latest measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus affect us all, they have an added impact on people looking after a family member or friend. We want people to act now to help minimise the impact the latest measures have on carers and the people they look after. Earlier this year we found […]

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You can race to win a £500 prize or iPad with Caring Together

Caring Together are offering you the chance to join the action with a virtual balloon race where you have the chance to win prizes and support carers at the same time. The balloons launch on Christmas Day with race software using live weather data to determine the progress of each balloon. So, once you have […]

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Arthur Rank Hospice – Asian community engagement survey

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity are consulting to understand the needs, and preferences, for palliative, end-of-life care, and support of the Asian community in Cambridgeshire. They are working to inform their future activities and put the findings into practice to improve their outreach and access to services. Their aim is to provide services equally for everyone. […]

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Call to make Carer’s Allowance fairer for carers

Carers UK, Caring Together and 73 other organisations representing carers, disabled adults and children, and older people, have joined together to amplify their previous call on the Government to recognise the financial impact COVID-19 continues to have on people caring round the clock for family members and friends. Today, 3rd November, marks four months since […]

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Christmas cards in aid of carers

Thank you to all of you who have already bought our Christmas cards and don’t forget that you can still buy from our selection with every pack sold helping carers. We are pleased to see such a positive response to our selection of Christmas cards this year. Jackie Tevlin, carer said: ““As a carer for my husband […]

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Carer-Friendly Neighbourhood project launched

We are pleased to be working closely with five GP practices within the Cambridge City’s Primary Care Network (PCN) to be delivering the Carer-Friendly Neighbourhood Project. The five GP practices include Arbury Road, Bottisham Medical Practice, East Barnwell Health Centre, Nuffield Road Surgery and York Street Surgery. They are working with us to become more […]

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Age UK research shows impact of the pandemic on our older population

Age UK has published new research showing how crushingly hard day to day life has been for millions of older people during the pandemic and how important it is that we support our older population through the winter. With a new lockdown about to start Caring Together is urging people looking after a friend or […]

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Music and reading for people with dementia and their carers

We recently had a speaker from the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research (Anglia Ruskin University) at our Shelford Hub and there was interest in the type music and reading programmes mentioned. There is now a piece of research being done on the effects of music and reading activities for people living with dementia and […]

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Hope project helps parent carers

Caring Together was recently able to support more than 100 parents of children with autism from across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk to go through the Hope programme. And we are really pleased to see the feedback on the course showing how beneficial it was to the parents. The Hope programme was an online six-session self-management […]

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Taking to the skies for carers

Our latest group of fundraisers have taken part inf a skydive to raise money to support carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. They made their jumps at North London Skydiving Centre in Chatteris this weekend and loved the experience. Nicky Newton, fundraising manager, said, “The fundraisers have all absolutely loved the experience of the skydive. […]

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Healthwatch report shines light on COVID health and care struggles

The final report from Healthwatch Cambridgeshire’s three-month COVID survey has been published today (22 October 2020). “Your care during COVID” has highlighted the health and care struggles of some of the most disadvantaged in our communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The survey aimed to find out how changes to health and care services were affecting […]

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Making people smile – Lydia’s role as a care worker

Lydia Parsons explains why she makes a difference as a care worker with Caring Together and why she loves her job, “Every time he sees me he’s got this big smile.” Watch her talk about her role here.

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Give your views – palliative care needs

The University of Surrey is carrying out research which aims to improve the support for older people living with severe frailty and their families. The focus of the research is on those who have complex care needs and who depend on other people in order to live their daily lives, to enable them to have […]

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#TeamTogether returning to skies for carers

A second group of the #TeamTogether brave fundraisers are due to take to the skies this weekend on Sunday 25 October to raise money to support carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. Having had their skydive cancelled previously due to bad weather they will be having their fingers crossed for better conditions at the North […]

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Free online craft courses available

Are you a carer and looking to get creative and make new friends? Craft4Smiles C.I.C are building a mixed media crafting community across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. They have recently launched their live on-line courses and these are available to people looking after a family member or friend. Places are limited. To find out more call […]

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Free NHS health checks available

Free NHS health checks are available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for people aged between 40 and 74. The checks take between 20 to 30 minutes and are designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes or dementia. The check also provides you with advice to help you consider ways […]

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Love to move free online sessions available now

Are you a carer for someone with dementia, or other form of disability? These sessions could help a family member or friend you are caring for. Love to Move is a seated movement programme to music and is great for all ages and abilities. It is especially beneficial to those living with Dementia and Parkinson’s. […]

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Free football sessions for young people at Peterborough United Foundation

Are you a parent carer of a child, or parent of a young carer aged 6-16? If you are in the Peterborough area, Peterborough United Foundation are offering free football sessions to children and young people. The sessions running are: PAN Disability Football for 6-16 year olds, 5.30-6.30pm Mondays, Nene Valley Community Centre, Sugar Way, PE2 9RE PL […]

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Caring behind closed doors – six months on

Carers UK have published a report, Caring Behind Closed Doors: 6 months on, which looks at the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on unpaid carers, and is based on the experiences of over 5,900 current and former carers. The report reveals the majority of carers are desperately worried about how they will continue to […]

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Supporting people with grief and bereavement

A virtual festival about love and loss, helping to provide support for peopel with bereavement is to be held. The Good Grief Festival is being held online from 30 October to 1 November, and is free to attend. If you are a carer or have cared for a loved one and have experienced bereavement, there […]

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Funding to ensure carers continue to receive support

We are very grateful to have received a gift from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust from their Charity Survival Fund. The money is to ensure the sustainability of Caring Together, to help our charity be more resilient through the challenges of the coronavirus crisis and able to continue to deliver our core work supporting […]

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Help for schools to identify and support young carers 

There are many challenges that are facing young people in our schools at this time.  But for those who have a role in looking after a family member there are even more demands on them that need recognising so the right support can be given. Without this support young carers can reach crisis point, with their education, physical health and mental health all affected.  This is even […]

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World Mental Health Day and carers

Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. At Caring Together we know that looking after a family member or friend can be hard and that the opportunity to talk to one of our trained volunteers on the phone about the things that matter to you as a carer can make a big difference. That is […]

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Half term sessions – helping young carers build skills for their career goals

There is still time for young carers to sign up for a range of sessions to be held this half term. As a network partner of Carers Trust, we are able to offer individual young adult carers aged 16+ spaces on these virtual employability workshops that they are organising with professionals from one of their […]

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My role as a care worker – Christine

At Caring Together we are extremely proud of the homecare service we offer and the way our staff provide such a valued service to so many families. “Caring is a profession you’ll find rewarding. When you come home and you’ve finished your day’s work, you know that you have done something that has made a […]

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Online carers clinics – get one-to-one advice

We know that for carers, the need for information and support doesn’t stop at 5pm on a Friday. So in addition to adding more resources and information for carers to our website (with an online carers directory in the pipeline), and with our Listening Ear service able to provide some telephone support during evenings, from […]

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My role as a care worker – Lizzy

At Caring Together we are extremely proud of the homecare service we offer and the way our staff provide such a valued service to so many families. “As a care worker I help vulnerable people manage their daily activities. “The relationships that I build with clients are so valuable!” – Lizzy, Caring Together care worker. […]

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Could you make a difference? Clare explains her role with Caring Together

The volunteer team at Caring Together is growing steadily as we expand the services we can offer to carers. We caught up with one of our newest volunteers, Clare, to talk about her role and why she volunteers with Caring Together. How long have you volunteered with Caring Together? I signed up to volunteer with […]

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Inside news for carers October 2020

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Practical support to relieve pressure on carers

We know being a carer can be hard and leads to a range of difficult situations. The coronavirus crisis has increased the pressures that carers face, which is why we have a range of services available to help. These include different ways to offer carers to take breaks, help with planning for emergencies and support […]

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Could you be a patient partner as part of a focus group

The North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust which runs Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Stamford and Rutland Hospital is looking patient partners to contribute and attend a focus group. The role of the focus group The Board of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust are responsible for all aspects of the leadership of the […]

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Successful young carer awareness assemblies in schools

With schools returning for the start of the new term it was great to see our awareness team out and about at Martham Academy in Great Yarmouth. Belinda, from Caring Together’s awareness team, delivered twelve assemblies between Key Stage 1 and 2, using the young carers animation for schools, which forms part of the resources […]

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Support available for parents and carers of children with autism

Do you have a child with autism who is aged over 11? Would you like to share your experiences to support others and also get support from other people. There is support available to you online through Health Education England. You will be able to share your experiences of raising a child with autism, build […]

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Free online courses available for carers

Bild have launched two new qualifications in Positive Behaviour Support, with a free places available. These places are for people who care for family members or carers who are employed directly by the person they support. The materials and resources are online and activities can be completed at times that work for the carer, and […]

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Careers support for young carers – sign up for half-term sessions

A range of sessions on building confidence, gaining insight, and getting the right tools to reach your career goals are available to young carers this half term. As a network partner of Carers Trust, we are able to offer individual young adult carers aged 16+ spaces on these virtual employability workshops that they are organising […]

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Bursary fund now open to help young carers with their education

Caring Together are delighted to announce that a support fund for young carers and young adult carers is now open. The COVID-19 Back to education bursary fund is designed to help reduce the educational impact of COVID-19. Young carers and young adult carers from Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk can apply for small grants to […]

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Connecting carers in the community

Through the coronavirus crisis we have kept meeting with carers in a range of ways to ensure that they are able to stay in contact with people in ways that work for them. As well as digital group meetings and different types of one-to-one support, when restrictions have allowed, we have had small groups of […]

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Share your thoughts on our homecare service

At Caring Together we are really proud of the homecare that we provide. We would like to be able to build our homecare service so that we can support even more carers and their families.  We are asking people, including our customers and staff, to get involved and share their thoughts on what we currently […]

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Virtual legal talks for carers

Carers are being invited to join free of charge virtual video talks being held by M2M Community Solicitors LLP. The talks each explain an area of law in a way to give people a clear understanding of it. And after each talk there is a time for anyone to ask questions. Where questions are of […]

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Help to reduce stress if you look after someone with dementia

If you are a carer, particularly if you look after someone with Dementia, then you may well be interested in two online groups that have been receiving very good feedback from the carers who using them. These group run by Don’t Tone Alone are called: Mindfulness with dementia Enerchi And you can read details on […]

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Helping carers get the flu vaccine

If you look after a family member or friend you are on the list of people that who are offered the flu vaccine free of charge on the NHS. The flu vaccine is given to people who: are 65 years old or older. have certain medical conditions. receive a carer’s allowance, or you’re the main […]

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COVID-19 Back to education bursary fund

We are delighted to be able to offer a support fund for young carers and young adult carers to help reduce the educational impact of COVID-19. This grant programme is made possible thanks to funding from the United Grand Lodge of England, administered through the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the Provincial Grand Lodges of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Freemasons. It means Caring Together can provide swift support […]

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Taking to the skies for carers

A team of brave fundraisers took the skies on Saturday 12 September to raise money to support carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. The skydive took place at North London Skydiving Centre in Chatteris. The money raised will help us in what we do to support carers – people who look after a family member, partner […]

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Carers UK survey for carers – understanding pandemic impact

Carers UK have launched a new survey for carers to help understand how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the lives of those who are caring for a family member or friend. Carers’ experiences offer vital evidence to understand what support carers need. The survey’s results will be used by Carers UK to influence Government […]

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Better Health – Every Mind Matters: supporting children, young people and parents

New NHS-approved guidance from #EveryMindMatters, offers tips and advice for parents and carers on how to support children’s mental wellbeing. The past few months have been hard on everyone, including children and young people. But there are lots of things to do to support their wellbeing at this time. Head to http://www.everymindmatters.co.uk/ to find helpful […]

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Call for research participants – dementia care

Researchers from the University of Kent are looking for study participants to help them to understand how well social care services support people living with dementia and their family and friends, who support them. Who is the research for? People living in England who are a family member or friend of someone living with dementia, […]

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Inside news for carers September 2020

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Caring for a family member with severe learning disabilities

Are you caring for a family member with severe learning disabilities who displays challenging behaviour? Would you like to connect with other family carers in similar situations? If so The Challenging Behaviour Foundation are running carer catch ups hosted on Zoom which are suitable for you! The first meeting date is below, these will then […]

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Inside news September 2020

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Celebrating one hundred Christmas cards sold to support carers

Thank you to all of those who have already bought our Christmas cards. We are pleased to announce over one hundred sets have sold so far with all proceeds going to support carers in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk communities. The top sellers have been our ‘four candles’ and beautiful ‘Christmas donkey’ cards, but what are […]

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Grant support available to families on lower incomes

Family Fund has received extra funding worth £10 million from the Department for Education to provide grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children in England this year. This emergency funding has been provided in response to the crisis presented by the Coronavirus pandemic and will help more parents and carers […]

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Helping carers with back pain

You may have seen or been involved in some of the free online exercise classes Don’t Tone Alone CIC offered to unpaid carers from May 2020. Over this time period Don’t Tone Alone CIC was also able to reach out to carers who have benefitted from their services, and check in with their well-being. Listening […]

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National Autistic Society – guide for parents on the return to school

The National Autistic Society have provided information for parents as they prepare their child for the transition back to school. You can view this at www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/coronavirus/education-and-schools/guidance/a-guide-for-parents. There are also other resources in the section at www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/coronavirus/education-and-schools/guidance If you are a teacher you may also want to see www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/coronavirus/education-and-schools/guidance/a-guide-for-teachers

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Support for carers with applying for college, university or a job

If you are a carer aged 16+ (a young adult carer) who is looking at applying to go to college or university, or thinking about writing up  your CV ready for job applications we are able to link you in to mentoring scheme. This scheme that is being offered through Carers Trust in partnership with […]

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Return to school – helping young carers

The Children’s Society and Carers Trust are sharing a straightforward, no nonsense guide for schools to help with young carers returning to school They hope the advice and guidance this resource offer will help minimise the impact of Covid lockdown on a student young carer’s ability and motivation to reintegrate into full time education. Click […]

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Do you need a listening ear?  

We know that looking after a family member or friend can be hard. That is why we have our Listening Ear service which gives you as a carer the opportunity to talk to one of our trained volunteers on the phone about the things that matter to you.   You may want to benefit from […]

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Pedal power raises funds to support carers

We are pleased to celebrate everyone who took part in the MyPrudential Ride London Virtual event and the money raised so far with Caring Together to support carers of all ages in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. Bryony and Alex took part to raise money and support carers in your community, representing Caring Together. Both completed […]

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Inside news for carers July 2020

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Inside news for carers June 2020

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Looking for a challenge? Skydive from 10,000 feet!

Sky diving is an unforgettable experience filled with wonder, fear and excitement. Why not add to all of those emotions with some pride in the fact that you are raising money for carers?

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Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk to recruit new Trustees

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk today announced a recruitment campaign for new Trustees for the charity.

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iCare – Carer-fully selected news for you – July 2017

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Family Carers Celebrate Carers Week

Family carers have a chance to put themselves first for once and join in a host of fun events throughout Cambridgeshire to mark national Carers Week, 12-18 June.

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A Celebration of Family Carers in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – Sharing the Caring 2017

Passionate dementia campaigner Tommy Whitelaw will share his experience as an unpaid carer for his mother at an event in Cambridge to mark National Carers Week (12-18 June).

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iCare – Carer-fully selected news for you – May 2017

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iCare – Carer-fully selected news for you – March 2017

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iCare – Carer-fully selected news for you – February 2017

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Carers Trust Cambridgeshire Registered Manager Sadie Andrews Scoops Top Care Award

The Registered Manager for Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Sadie Andrews, has been honoured with a top award in recognition of her outstanding work supporting people in need of professional care in their own home.

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