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Dear carers There is lots to tell you about in this issue. At the Carers Centre, we have a Young Adult Carers Action Workshop taking place on 15 February; we also have an exciting song-writing and recording project starting on 9 February. For those of you who enjoy football, there is news about Street League – a training scheme with a difference – which is keen to recruit young people in Hackney.There is also news about a First Aid course for carers, a Carers Retreat and a new emergency service for carers set up by the council. Read on!

Action workshop for young adult carers I am organising a half-day workshop for young adult carers on Wednesday 15 February (during half term week), and I hope as many of you as possible will come along. The workshop will be a mixture of fun, food and information-sharing about how to survive as a carer, and how to make sure you can achieve your personal aspirations for your life. We also want to find out what kind of support you need and value as a carer – what makes life easier for you and the person you care for. Everyone who comes along and gives their views on the services young adult carers need will be entered into a prize draw. The lucky winner will receive a £50 shopping voucher. We are also going to have an African drumming session, which will be great fun and very relaxing. You don’t need to know anything about African drumming beforehand, just surrender yourself to the rhythm and feel your worries melt away. Full details are on the back page. Please phone in advance on 020 7923 8750 to let me know you are coming.

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An amazing opportunity to write and record a song in a world class recording studio City and Hackney Carers Centre in partnership with London Borough of Hackney and The Premises Studios are offering an amazing opportunity for 16 carers (aged 18 or over) to take part in a songwriting and recording course, where you will work with a leading UK songwriter and professional band to make a CD! You will get the chance to work in a world famous recording and rehearsal studios, (used by Leona Lewis, Lana del Ray, Lily Allen, Katy B, Tinchy Strider, Tinie Tempah, Adele etc...) with one of the most experienced song-writing tutors in the UK AND a top session band. You will get 4 full days of tuition and recording, and will receive a CD of the final recorded track at the end of the course. All participants will then have an opportunity to hear their music played at a film Premiere at Hackney Picturehouse and possibly have their music used in the soundtrack. The course takes place every Thursday from 10.30 – 5.30 for four weeks starting 9 February. To find out more, contact Barney Green straight away on 0207 923 8750, or email Barnaby@hackneycarers.org.uk . Note: to be eligible for this project, you must be caring for someone aged 18 or over.

Hackney Council Emergency Home Respite Service Do you sometimes worry about who would look after the person you care for if you were to suddenly fall ill, find yourself in a crisis situation, or have an accident? Hackney Council has launched a new service whereby you can sign up for an Emergency Card as part of a Carers Assessment. The Council and the carer draw up, record and sign an emergency plan that ensures care can be put in place within two hours of notification of an emergency. The card is recognised by the police, ambulance, accident and emergency and other key services. (This service is not intended as substitute for normal respite care or to cover non-emergency situations.) To find out more, call Hackney Council Carers Helpline on 020 8356 5054 or email carers@hackney.gov.uk .

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Street League Do you love football? Would you like to develop your football skills and have the chance to gain useful training and work experience at the same time? Street League is an organisation which works with 16-25 year olds who aren’t in employment, education or training. All their activities are open to young women as well as to young men. They run free weekly football sessions in Hackney every Thursday afternoon from 2 – 4pm, at Mabley Green Astroturf, Homerton E9 5RN. They also have sessions in Kings Cross at the Calthorpe Project, WC1X 8LH every Tuesday afternoon, 2 – 4pm. At these football sessions you can come and improve your skills, get fit and find out more about Street League’s Academy Programme. The Street League Academy programme runs for 8 weeks, Monday – Thursday mornings, 9am – 2pm each day. If you join this scheme, you will complete a minimum of 3 accredited courses – the Community Sports Leadership Award and 2 NOCN accredited courses in Employability & Personal Development. You will also take part in a work experience programme. You receive one-to-one support throughout the course, setting goals and creating action plans for your next steps. You will also receive ongoing support to help you to get into employment, education or training depending on your individual needs and wants. All this is combined with regular football training, fitness and inter-academy 11-a-side matches. The next Academy course begins on Monday 6 February at the Calthorpe Project in Kings Cross. If you are interested in coming to a football session, joining the Academy or simply finding out more – don’t delay. Contact Terry Pampling (Football Coach) on 07985 332 486 or email him on terry.pampling@streetleague.co.uk . Kenrick Bailey who lives in Hackney and cares for his mother, recently completed the Street League Academy Programme, through which he gained the Community Sports Leadership Award (CSLA) Level 2, which qualifies him to run activities in the community such as coaching a children’s football team; he also gained qualifications in emergency first aid, safeguarding children, and nutrition and interpersonal skills. He was chosen to attend a special reception for Street League at 10 Downing Street, where he was filmed for Sky News talking to the Prime Minister David

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Cameron. He also met Arsenal star Robin van Persie who is an ambassador for Street League. Kenrick says: ‘I think Street League is one of the best programmes out there. They opened me up to new and different things. They do so much for you – and all they ask back is your commitment.”

Kenrick is at the top left hand corner of this photo, taken in Downing Street, with Robin van Persie (centre).

Emergency First Aid Course This course will be held at the Carers Centre on Tuesday 14 February from 10am to 4pm. The course covers how to deal with an emergency, including helping someone who is unconscious, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and dealing with heart conditions, wounds and bleeding. Advance booking is essential. To book, please phone Simon Richardson at Hackney Council, on 020 8356 2872.

End the Care Crisis: day of action Disabled people and carers will be taking part in a mass lobby of parliament on Tuesday 6 March, to protest against cuts in social care and demand improved services and support. This day of action is organised by the Care and Support Alliance, which is an alliance of 50+ charities which are campaigning for better social care in England. Find out more at http://carelobby2012.org.uk/ .

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Need a break? If you are in need of a complete break from caring, you could apply for a place on the Carers Retreat break in the heart of the countryside in Suffolk. These breaks are organised by Hackney Council in cooperation with the London Buddhist Centre. Free travel, accommodation and food are all provided. The next breaks will be held on Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 March & Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 March 2012. You would be able to have: a complete break from caring a chance to make new friends time to relax all food cooked for you time to enjoy the countryside. If you would like to apply for the Carers Retreat, please phone Hackney Council on 020 8356 6262 to request a carers assessment.

English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes If you would like to improve your English language skills, we now have a class here at the Carers Centre on Monday evenings from 6.30 – 8pm. Phone 020 7923 8750 for more information.

Don’t forget At the Carers Centre we can help with advice on financial problems, rights and benefits; help you get the practical support you need for the person you care for; help you get back into education or support you to stay on a course you have already started; help you prepare to get into paid employment; provide emotional support if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed or just need someone to talk to. Call Lucy on 020 7923 8750 (Mondays and Wednesdays) or email me on Lucy.whitman@hackneycarers.org.uk I hope to see you soon. Lucy Whitman Young Adult Carers Support Worker City and Hackney Carers Centre 96-102 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street London E8 2LZ Phone 020 7923 8750 5


Action workshop for young adult carers Wednesday 15 February 1.30 – 5.30pm City and Hackney Carers Centre 96 – 102 Springfield House 5 Tyssen Street Dalston E8 2LZ

This workshop is for all carers aged between 16 – 27. It takes place during half term week so if you are studying, you should be able to make it.

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Come and meet other young adult carers Find out more about the help that is available to young people who are caring for a relative or friend Share ideas for how to make sure you have a life of your own as well as being a carer Tell us what kind of support you value Lunch provided Prize draw for those who take part: £50 shopping voucher!! African drumming workshop led by the legendary Alex Dayo – no experience necessary!

Please let us know if you are planning to come to this workshop so we know how many people to expect. Phone 020 7923 8750.

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