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Newsletter
Issue  No.1   January 2019.

AAs we go through the Christmas season and begin the New Year, we think of our many blessings and look ahead to the challenges. This may be a good time to remind you all of some of the services that are available...

Our local Public Health covers a wide range of services to help improve the quality of life for all residents, including Helping to Make Decisions and Falls Prevention.

Keep Safe Stay Well- is a service designed to provide early help so that people may stay as well and independent as possible. This service actively helps people to get what they need to keep safe and stay well.
Contact 01628 693744  Monday - Friday 9am-1pm email fallsprevention@rbwm.gov.uk

People to Places provide accessible community transport and shopmobility services with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Community Transport Booking Line  01628 587920  Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm.
email  info@people 2places.org.uk
Shopmobility Opening times
Maidenhead 01628 543038
Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Windsor 01753 622330
Opening times Monday to Saturday  10am-5pm.
email  info@people2places.org.uk
For more information go to]http:www.people2places.org.uk/

Supporting carers of children and young people with additional needs. This is provided by the Information, Advice and Support Service Ias-rbwm.co.uk            01628 683182

Supporting Young Carers
Support for carers under 18 is provided by Family Action. info@family-action.org.uk

Support Groups are provided in Maidenhead.
Maidenhead Carers Support Group meets at Highview - 6 North Road SL6 1PL, on the third Wednesday of the month from 1-3pm.

Mental Health Service User and Carer Forum for Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead, meets on the last Wednesday of the month at St Joseph's Church, 36 Cookham Road, Maidenhead SL6 7EG 
2.15-3.45pm. Contact 01628 640200 [Family & Carer Co-ordinator]
No need to refer yourself, just drop by and join the forum group. Teas/coffees available with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Additional help can be provided by Maidenhead Voluntary Car Service -based at Highview
Contact  07757 228266.

Monday Club
Monday Club has had a wonderful Christmas They began their celebrations at the end of November, when Pop Goes the Choir joined them for seasonal music. Then Cox Green School Band came with their usual excellent playing of Christmas music and carols. Club members were encouraged to join in, so it was an energetic evening.

The Christmas party on 17th was an evening to remember. There is so much to cram into those two hours. It had been found however, that to extend the time was not working, as carers had to take the members home for bedtimes, leaving very few to remain to the end. The evening begins with the disco-then supper-then games-then a visit from Father Christmas and of course gifts for all.

Monday Club misses Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, then returns on Monday 7th January with entertainment provided by Bill Nightingale. On the 21st, there will be another return visit from Taeppas Tump. They have so much to which they will look forward.

Wednesday Club
Club continues in a more gentle way. but Party Night is always more boisterous. One of the Carers made a magnificent cake. Jeanette provided sausage rolls and there was a selection of biscuits and nibbles.

They even had a 'Pass the Parcel' session, with the parcel organised by Patsy. Father Christmas arrived with gifts for all and everybody went away happy.

Wednesday Club misses Boxing Day, but continues on Wednesday 2nd January.

Highview Toy Library
It had been decided by the helpers that they should not resume until 9th January. I actually had a phone call on Boxing Day from somebody who seemed surprised that it was not open that day.

They had their party with food provided by members. Father Christmas came too.

Highview hosted six parties during the week before Christmas. Much of the rubbish was ferried home in my car, to prevent an overflow in our own bin. It seems sad that nothing happens actually at Christmas. Highview was silent except for the dripping of water as the rain had found it's way through to one of the first floor loos, causing damage to the ceiling and lighting...not a good time to want help...in fact my own central heating boiler broke down on the Friday before Christmas. The local company could not come before 9th January. I contacted Worcester Bosch. They came out next morning at 8am, repaired it under guarantee and phoned on the next day to see if all was well.

Membership subs are due this month, so the forms will be enclosed with this newsletter. £2 per member.
We thank all our Committee members and volunteers for all their great work. We are so fortunate.

We all send our Best Wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. We look forward to our activities.

Valerie J Bosley