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Weather Warnings

The Met Office regularly update their website with weather warnings for the United Kingdom.

On 07/12/17 the following was issued;

Level 3 cold weather alert

A Level 3 cold weather alert has been issued from the Met office from 0900 on Thursday 07 Dec and 0800 on Tuesday 12 Dec in South East England. This means that there is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow during this time.

It will be cold throughout the day and night with biting winds. Weather is expected to remain very cold over the weekend and beyond the current alert period. Further updates will be provided if there are any changes.

Temperatures are likely to drop to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable adults, particularly older people, those with long term conditions and those living in cold homes.

Age UK has produced this guide to keeping warm and well this winter.

Carers Rights Day

Carers Rights Day 17

CRD RGBCarers Rights Day Friday 24th November 2017 #carersrightsday
This year’s national theme for Carers Rights Day is titled “Make Connections, Get Support”. Carers Rights Day is all about helping carers to know their rights and find out how to get help and support.

“Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you are looking after someone” Carers UK.

Carers have a number of rights, including assessments, financial support, discounts and employment rights. The following information is based on what local carers have asked us about.

If you are a carer, a professional working with a carer or an employer and you have any questions about the following or anything else please contact us.

View / Download the following as a PDF.

Read more: Carers Rights Day

Has mum taken her medicine yet?

Making sure that someone has taken their medication can be stressful, especially when you are supporting someone at a distance.

Carers UK collaborated with Pivotell to help.

Carers UK app, Jointly, (you have free access to Jointly) helps you co-ordinate care with others, is now linked with the latest Pivotell technology in medication dispensers.

An alert is sent by the dispenser if medicine hasn't been taken and through the Jointly App everyone involved in someone's care can be warned to check on the well being of the person they're caring for. Find out more.


Results of the SIGNAL Service Evaluation

The Ark Trust Ltd have been providing the SIGNAL service for adult unpaid carers providing support to adults in the local authority areas of Bracknell Forest and Windsor and Maidenhead since 1st April 2016. The service specification for the support commissioned also changed on this date. The service is now focused on the needs of the individual carer and identifying those the previous provider and the local authority were unaware of and those new to their caring role. The service provides a central point of contact, source of information and other activities such as training to support carers and will signpost carers to other specialist services, statutory or otherwise, for additional help and support. The service can provide more intensive 1-1 support during times of crisis or need but it is not commissioned to provide regular support groups or a befriending service.

Read more: Results of the SIGNAL Service Evaluation

Windsor Voluntary Car Service

Windsor Voluntary Car Service was inaugurated in 1999 with the charter to provide private car transport for Windsor residents ‘whose limited mobility made it difficult for them to use taxis or public transport’. The service received Borough funding, however this ceased around 2010 and with the car service facing closure, Andrew Taft, who’d been a volunteer driver since 2003, and his wife Adeline, decided to take ownership and run the service from their office in Windsor.

Our service is available to anyone in the SL4 catchment who satisfies our reduced mobility criteria. In the main, though, our clients are older people who are suffering age-related health problems. Transport is provided for ‘essential’ journeys, i.e. medical and dental appointments, Day Centres, Opticians, Banks and simple shopping.

The service is simple: Clients must first register with us. A client will then call the office and book a journey. They’ll be given the name and number of the volunteer driver. The driver will collect them from their home, drive them to their destination, stay with them, and then bring them home. Drivers will bring a lightweight wheelchair where clients are unable to walk longer distances, particularly in large hospitals. Clients pay a nominal charge to cover our volunteers petrol cost.

Our Volunteer drivers are caring, community-minded people who ensure that our clients are transported in comfort to and from their appointments, and who are there to support and assure them throughout. Our Volunteers are the life blood of the organisation, many of them with over 10 years service with us, and the praise heaped on them by our clients is testament to the valued contribution they make.

Volunteering Opportunities

We periodically need to take on additional Volunteer Drivers to make up the shortfall of those leaving or increased journey workloads. Drivers need to have a serviceable car that clients can easily get into. A reasonable level of fitness is required, as although no physical effort or lifting is involved, it’s an active role and drivers must be able to handle a wheelchair and be able to push clients reasonable distances. All of our drivers are DBS checked as part of the charter to our clients.

Contact us

Name: Andrew Taft
Telephone: 07850 656675
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information taken from email from WAM Get Involved.

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