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Carers' Information Service e-bulletin
February 2017
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Every month we offer a range of free health, wellbeing and social activities for carers: Download February What's On
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Change to February Carers Support Group date


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date for the next Carers Support Group has been moved from 8 February 2017  to 15 February 2017. The group will run from 2pm - 4pm as usual. 

For more information, please call the group facilitator Ann Lee-Warren on 020 8649 6283 or email annleewarren@carersinfo.org.uk.
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PRISM services saved!


We are delighted to let you know that Croydon Council have extended both the NAS & PRISM contracts for a year, until March 2018. Read more.

NAS Croydon and other PRISM partners want to thank you for your help and support with the appeal. For more information, email NAS Croydon at kirsty.townsend@nas.org.uk
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February training highlights


What Does a Councillor Do?
Tuesday 14 February, 10.30am - 12noon

Find out what councillors do and how they can help you: Read more

Personal Safety
Wednesday 15 February, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Get advice on keeping safe from a local police officer: Read more

Drop-ins are welcome but book to guarantee a place. To book, call Ruth Laws on 020 8649 6280 or email ruthlaws@carersinfo.org.uk
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Are you entitled to Council Tax reduction/exemption?


Council Tax will be increasing in Croydon. Find out what support you might be entitled to with Council Tax bills in our Carers' FAQs: Read more
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News and views from and around Croydon
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Beat cold callers and doorstep scammers with Friends Against Scams


The National Trading Standards Scams Team have launched Friends Against Scams (FAS) to help people learn how to detect and avoid scams. Sessions are open to all, from the general public to professionals. 

To become a Friend Against Scams, simply take the online awareness course. You can also attend a training session in person - find your nearest session.
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Hear Us Open Forum

You are invited to the Hear Us Open Forum on Tuesday 7 February 1pm - 4pm at Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA), 82 London Road, West Croydon CR0 2TB. The topic of the meeting is Relocation Of Croydon’s Community Mental Health Teams and there will be speakers from Mind in Croydon and SLaM. To confirm your attendance, register online

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Have your say on healthcare services in Croydon

Croydon residents are invited to take part in the Talking Healthcare Forum in Croydon on Tuesday 7 February, 6pm - 9pm to share their views on plans for changes to local healthcare services: Read more.

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New workshops for parents and carers of children/young people with SEN 


Kids Croydon has two workshops for parents/carers and young people coming up in February at East Croydon United Reform Church (small hall), Addiscombe Grove, Croydon, CR0 5LP:
  • Wednesday 22 February 2017 (10am – 12pm) Personal Budgets Workshop delivered by George Riley, 0-25 SEND Social Care Delivery Manager at Croydon
  • Wednesday 22 March 2017 (10am-12pm) SEN Support in School: What are the statutory duties? Workshop delivered by Judith Lunnon, Improvement Advisor: Effectiveness of SEN Interventions.  
Each workshop is free for parents/carers and young people and £10 for professionals. Both sessions provide great opportunities to ask professionals questions and meet up with other parents and carers.  To book, contact virginijaSL@kids.org.uk

Whitgift Foundation animation


The Whitgift Foundation released their first ever animation to tell their story and share their fascinating history. The story begins over 400 years ago with founder Archbishop John Whitgift in Croydon and takes viewers through today, where the Foundation educates over 3,000 students, supporting nearly half of them financially. The Foundation also cares for over 100 residents in their care homes and supports the borough's carers, as well as producing the Croydon Heritage Festival. Watch the animation here.
A selection of relevant news items from across the country
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Have you heard of State Pension top up?


State Pension top up lets those who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016 boost their State Pension income by up £25 per week in return for a lump sum contribution. If you have gaps in your National Insurance record, it may be more cost effective to make voluntary contributions first.

The extra amount is index linked, guaranteed for life and in most cases inheritable by a spouse or civil partner. The scheme is open until 5 April 2017. Read more: www.gov.uk/statepensiontopup.
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Missed out on the disability element of child tax credit between 2011 and 2016?


Contact a Family is running a campaign to help families retrospectively claim the disability element of child tax credit which they may have missed out on. The disability element is worth an extra £60.06 per week for each child in your family who qualifies: Read more
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Visit the cinema for less with the CEA Card


The CEA Card is a UK cinema card scheme entitling the cardholder to one free additional ticket for a carer. Around 90% of cinemas accept the card. To be eligible, you need to receive:
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Blind Persons Registration
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
The card costs £6 and can be ordered from the UK Cinema Association (formerly Cinema Exhibitors' Association/CEA). To get your card, apply online or by post. For more information, contact 023 9224 8545
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The Carers' Information Service was set up by the Whitgift Foundation in 1997, and provides information, advice and support to Croydon's carers.
Find out more about us.
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Call: 020 8649 9339, option 1
Email: info@carersinfo.org.uk
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The Carers Support Centre is a partnership between Croydon Council and the Whitgift Foundation.

The Centre is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm, and carers are welcome to drop in for information and advice on their caring role.

Find out more about us.
We also have rooms to hire for very competitive rates. For more information call Victoria Rivera on 020 8663 5600, or email bookings@carersinfo.org.uk.
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