Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 2014

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Our drop-in service from 10.00am to 1.00pm Monday to Thursday provides carers the opportunity to socialise and/or talk privately.  We are now offering specific services to carers from 11.00am to 12.00pm on a Tuesday and Wednesday such as help with form filling or administrative support eg sending emails, writing letters or speaking to other organisations on the phone.  We will also be able to provide one to one support to help carers with whatever issues they what to discuss.

The Redditch Winter Ale Festival at Rocklands Social Club has been cancelled.  The Men’s Group will still meet on Friday January 31st 2014 at 6.30pm but we will have a meal at The Bramley Cottage instead.  A contribution of £5 is required.

We are offering the first in a series of three workshops on Alzheimer’s Disease or other Dementias, hosted by Home Instead Senior Care on Tuesday February 4th 2014.  It will be held in The Ecumenical Centre from 10.00am to 12.00pm and again at 1.30pm to 3.30pm (the same content repeated) – Free refreshments.  This workshop will cover causes, signs, diagnosis and behaviours.  Please call us on 01527 66177 to reserve a space.

The next carers support group will be on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 2.00pm when the Appalachian Step Dancers will be giving a demonstration.  Free refreshments and the chance to have a go yourself.

December 2013

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Our Office will be closed for Christmas until Monday 6th January 2014.  If you need assistance during our absence, please remember that the CAW helpline is available from 9am until 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to midday on Saturdays 0300 012 4272, however, this line is closed on 25 to 29 December and 1st January.  Support on those dates from the Worcestershire Hub 01905 765765 or Adult Social Services 0845 607 2000. 

May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

November 2013

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Carers Rights Day – 28th November

We are holding an event for Carers Rights Day on Thursday 28th November from 10.00am to 2.00pm in the main hall of the Ecumenical Centre in Redditch.  The theme this year is Rights, Advice and Support.
Organisations such as Age UK, DWP, Alzheimer’s Society and Severn Trent will be present with the NHS offering free health checks and MOTs.  Raffle prizes have been donated by local businesses, cinema and shops and free catering will be provided by Rachel’s Cupcakes and Outside Catering.  For catering purposes we would appreciate an indication of attendance so a call to the office on 01527 66177 would be great if anyone is thinking of coming along. 

August 2013

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Our next AGM will take place in the Ecumencial Centre on Thursday 19th September at 11.00am. All welcome, please arrive at 10.45am to peruse the report. Refreshments will be provided. Let us know if you wish to attend.

Just to let you all know that we are pleased to announce that we have been granted funding by The Big Lottery fund which runs for three years.

Please note that as of today, 1 August there is a change to the office opening hours.
Opening hours are now 9.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Thursday.
Drop-In hours are now 10.00am to 1.00pm Monday toThursday.

I can also confirm that the Carer Support Group will recommence on Tuesday 3 September in Redditch only and is open to all registered carers including existing Bromsgrove carers.  A letter to confirm details of the groups will be coming out to you very shortly together with details of the Christmas Panto.

May 2013

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In celebration of Carers Week we are arranging a day trip to Hatton Country World on Tuesday 11 June 2013.  Carers and Life After Carers will need to make their own way to Hatton and we are planning to meet at 10.30am.  We thought this would be a great opportunity to get everyone together again after a quiet few months.  There will be a chance for everyone to look around the shopping village at their own pace and to stop for lunch. 

There is no charge to enter the shopping village but if anyone wishes to pay to enter the Farm then this of course is up to them. 

If you are interested in attending then please contact Natalie Carney or Lucy McGinley at Carers Careline on 01527 66177 so that we can get an idea of the numbers attending and to also arrange a meeting point.  We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

March 2013

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25th Anniversary Celebration

Carers Careline have been supporting Carers in Redditch for the past 25 years and we would like to invite you to join us for a drink and informal meet and greet to celebrate our 25th Anniversary on Monday 25th March 2013 at 1pm to 3pm.  The event will be held in the main hall of The Ecumenical Centre, Redditch and the Mayor of Redditch, who is himself a Carer, will be present at the start of the afternoon with another Carer playing the sitar for the duration.

Carers Careline, along with Worcestershire Association of Carers (WAC) and Crossroads Care, as a consortium for the past three years called Carers Action Worcestershire (CAW), have been supporting Carers throughout Worcestershire.  Come and meet other Carers from Reddtich and Bromsgrove, Carers Careline staff, counsellors, volunteers and trustees and find out what we can do for you.  I enclose some useful information about our services.
Please let us know if you are able to attend, so that we can make the necessary arrangements, by either ringing the office on 01527 66177 or emailing us at

We look forward to meeting you on 25th March

January 2013 

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A slightly belated Happy New Year to you all and I hope you all had a good Christmas.

I apologise for the lack of updates to the website recently, we have been having technical problems recently but hopefully these are now sorted.
Just to let you know we are running a course on the 23 January between 10am-1pm dealing with Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) and how this will affect those claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

If you are interested in attending the course can you please let me know by Friday 18 January so that I know how many people to expect.  You can either letter me know by contacting the office directly on 01527 66177 or by email to