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Burnham & Berrow Medical Centre Carer's Champions

BMC has three Carer's Champions, Sarah Lynn & Maria, who are members of our Clerical & Reception Team. Their role as ‘Carer’s Champions’ is to signpost carers aged over 25 to services and organisations which may be able to offer them help and support. They will aim to give information, assistance and respond to enquiries from carers. If you are a Carer and would like information regarding a specific area of interest, please ask to speak to Sarah Lynn or Maria who will do their best to help you.

Carer's Register at Burnham and Berrow Medical Centre

Burnham Medical Centre has a register of people who are carers. We also register within our patient's medical records when a patient has a carer.

There are many advantages to having a carer's register. For instance, whilst their carer's details are an essential component of the patient's records, the fact that one of our patients is a Carer is also an essential part of their records.

If you are a Carer and wish this information to be included on your medical records, please complete a Carer's Register Application form, which is available for download via this website or on request form the Surgery.

Lynn Sarah Maria Dani
   

 


 

Young Carers - Is this you?

A young Carer is someone under 25 years old, who gives unpaid support to a someone they know who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. It could be your Mum, Dad or any family member for example. If you’re a young Carer and want help or support, we may be able to help you Dani is here to help you by providing Young Carer Support

If you would like to read a little more about our Young Carer Support click on the link below:

Young Carer Support leaflet

       You can e-mail them at:

youngcarers.champions@burnhammc.nhs.uk

or telephone 01278 795445

They will help you to find help and support whilst you are helping the person you are caring for.


 

Welcome to BABBLE - the on-line Community for Carers

Babble has been created by Carers Trust as an online space where those aged under 18 who are caring for a family member or friend can chat, share their experiences and access information and advice.

The site aims to bring together young carers from across the UK in an online space which is safe, fun and supportive.

The online team are on hand to answer any questions you might have, and to offer support and advice via e-mail or one-to-one webchats.

Click here to see our website: https://babble.carers.org/


Are you a young adult Carer aged 16-25 ?

Are you feeling Stressed ?

Do you need a break ?

  • Do you want to meet others in similar circumstances ?
  • Do you want information, support and advice ?
  • Do you want to have a voice ?

New Support Group

For further information contact :

Jo Sylvester - 01278 447609/07919540411Somerset Young Carers Project

Compass Carers – Project Support Worker


Carers Voice Somerset

Working together to improve the lives of unpaid carers in Somerset - follow the link to their website below:

www.carersvoicesomerset.co.uk


Free NHS Health Checks for Carers

We offer free NHS Health Checks to eligible patients aged 40 - 74. These are intended to assess the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes and will be offered to patients without pre-existing disease every five years.

The clinics are run by our Health Care Assistants Janice and Gwen and will look for early warning signs so that prompt action can be taken to improve your health and prevent the onset of these conditions.

Our first priority is to invite Carers to have an NHS Health Check because the Carer's health often takes second place to that of the person they care for. Please take the opportunity to look after yourself and book an appointment for your free NHS Health Check.


COMPASS CARERS Carer SUPPORT GROUP

Come and have a cup of tea and make friends - meet carers past and present and have a chat:

Burnham Community Centre (next to Swimming Pool) Berrow Road Burnham on Sea TA8 2ET

10am - 12 noon every month - last Tuesday of the month

COMPASS CARERS

Somerset County Council and The NHS have contracted Compass Disability Services - a Somerset based user led organisation - to deliver a county wide support service for Carers, this service is called Compass Carers.
The overall aim of the service is to support carers, recognising the value and contribution they make to society offering individual support to enable them to maintain their caring role whilst having a life outside of caring.

A Carer Support Worker may be able to visit you to talk through your situation. You can phone, text or e-mail Compass Carers.
Compass Carers

Jasmine Rankin

Compass Carers Carer Support Worker for Sedgemoor

 

My name is Jasmine and I started working for Compass Carers in 2013 when I was first a volunteer managing the carers’ line.

I am now employed full-time as a carer support worker, so I am travelling across Sedgemoor daily, giving detailed and professional support to unpaid carers.

I have supported over 3000 carers in my time, and I thrive knowing I have improved the quality of life of somebody.

I’m in a wheelchair and have experience of many organisations from a professional and personal level.

If you’d like to speak with me because you need some emotional support in your caring role please give me a call on 01823 255911. 

Free - Training for Carers

Compass Carers has been running a series of courses for carers across the county. There are currently places still available in Burnham on Sea on the following:

Skills for Carers via Compass Carers

Two sessions, run a week apart, covering a range of practical skills and information designed to give carers valuable support to help them carry out their role safely and with greater confidence. The days will run from 10.00am until 3.00pm.
For more information please check our website www.compasscarers.org.uk
or to book a place please contact Debbie Ovenden, Training Email info@compasscarers.org.ukinfo@compasscarers.org.uk http://www.compasscarers.org.uk Coordinator at Compass Carers on 01823 255911 or email debbieo@compassdisability.org.uk

For more information or to book on to a course please contact Compass Carers on 01823 255911 or email debbieo@compassdisability.org.uk


Click the link for the Carers UK website

Get involved and highlight issues that affect UK Carers

Carer's UK  Upfront

This is a simple tool for carers who are new to the maze of benefits and entitlements. Fill in your details, spend a couple of minutes answering questions and we'll guide you to the information you need. If you can't find what you're looking for, give us a call - we're here to help.


SOMERSET CHOICES

Local services and information to help you choose the right care and support in Somerset including help for Carers. If you live in Somerset and want to know what is available, whatever your situation, have a look at the website and the various links which will guide you through the local options:

 http://www.somersetchoices.org.uk/

Somerset Choices – a short film to help you get started.

An animated guide showing how the Somerset Choices website can help you access a world of local care and support is now available.Somerset Choices is a website that provides easy access to information anda directory of services, products, groups and events. These include carehomes, help at home, mobility equipment, personal assistants, lunch clubs, exercise groups, breaks for carers and lots more.

Somerset Choices allows people to make informed decisions about who supplies their care and aims to help people to help themselves stay independent, healthy and well.

https://www.somersetchoices.org.uk/about-this-site/help/

The animated film accessed via the link above,  demonstrates how the self-help section on the website lets people tap into a wealth of information and advice and also search for local services and events to find the support that meets individual needs. The animation is really helpful if people are not quite sure what they are looking for on the website or if they need a bit of help finding their way around.


NHS England consultation on the Bereaved VOICES survey

 You may be interested to know that NHS England is currently undertaking its annual survey of carers on the quality of end of life care. 

The survey closes on 19th June and the results will inform NHS England’s responses to the different identified needs and issues of carers across the country. 

To find out more, please go to: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/8eae0e94

 Please share this link with friends, family members, neighbours and anyone in your community whom you feel might be interested in feeding back their views and experiences. 

Thank you.

 


 PARKINSONS GROUP

Parkinsons UK Burnham-on-Sea Group

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HALL,
HIGHBRIDGE ROAD
TA8 1LL

2 – 4 PM
SECOND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH
Drop in & join us for refreshments, time to chat with other people with Parkinson’s and their families & professionals who can help and advise

Your local contacts are:
Ronnie: 01278 786266
Jenny: 01278 785653

Jane Henderson
Tel: 0844 225 3694
Email: jhenderson@parkinsons.org.uk

Free National Helpline: 0808 800 0303

Click here to download the poster

www.parkinsons.org.uk

Please access the website link above for useful information.

 The lnk below provides access to the Self management path through Parkinsons feature designed to help those with Parkinsons and their partners and carers:

http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/self-management-programme-path-through-parkinsons


FAMILY FUND

The UK's largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people

www.familyfund.org.uk

SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability Reforms)


SOMERSET DIRECT ADULTS TEAM - one-stop contact for support, money and benefits

Should a Carer require information on Community Services such as care & support, money & benefits etc. they may contact Somerset Direct Adults Team, a free service from Somerset County Council for older people, carers, relatives and other adults with care needs.

Somerset Direct - Adults is a government initiative aimed at people over 60, their families and carers.  It is run as part of the local authority's Social Services Department.

Information and help for older people and adults with a disability:
Tel No: 0300 123 2224 
 Email: Adults@somerset.gov.uk


SWAN ADVOCACY

A Registered charity - giving a voice to those who should be heard. Click below to access their website information for people living in Somerset:

http://swanadvocacy.org.uk/page/somerset-services.php


SUNLIGHT MENTAL HEALTH LIBRARY

The Library is open every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm

at The Bay Centre Cassis Close, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1NN

You can borrow any of our books on mentla health, such as:

ADHD, AUTISM, ASPERGERS, BI-POLAR, DEPRESSION,EATING DISORDER,SCHIZOPHRENIA and many other types of mental health books ALL FREE OF CHARGE

For further information please see our Website:

www.sunlight-library.org

or contact  Tony on 07502126666 


NORTH SEDGEMOOR COMMUNITY GROUPS

Click on the link below to view the North Sedgemoor Community Groups spreadsheet with contact details and locations:

North Sedgemoor Community Groups

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