Newsletter
Issue  No.2   February 2019.

Maidenhead Mencap Annual General Meeting will be held on it's usual day- the first Thursday of March. Last year, we delayed the meeting as we had a speaker coming to join us. We have, as yet, to confirm the name of a speaker, but in any case felt it was good to have a get together and chat over tea or coffee and maybe a glass of wine and some nibbles. We therefore hope to welcome you all on Thursday 7th March at 7.30pm. The meeting will of course be held at Highview, 6 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PL.

The organisation Signal reminds us that as carers, we have an important role, that can be rewarding, stressful and demanding. They remind us of the services that are available to you, to give support and help you manage the impact caring has on your own health and well-being.

We have given you these details before, but feel that it is important to keep them in your mind. 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.

Stay 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@people2places.org.uk
Shopmobility Opening times:
Maidenhead          01628 543038      Monday to Saturday10am-5pm.
Windsor                01753 622330       Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm. email info@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. Email: 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                        01628640200 [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

We still have a quantity of those green tubs that are provided by the Lions Clubs, that can give vital information to the emergency services. They are available on Club nights at Highview.

Winter's come. The snow was a bit of a shock, but as the weather men say. It is after all WINTER! We are so fortunate to have Highview, with the new boilers working well. We shall cope with the heating bill later..

Monday Club
The New Year began in fine style with entertainment by Bill Nightingale. Club members enjoyed his playing and joined in with singing and dancing.

The following week the ever popular Bingo evening provided gifts for all, as they frequently stop for the end of a line as well as complete forms. Many club members provide prizes and all enjoy winning one of the gifts.

On 21st, a return visit from Taeppas Tump was greatly enjoyed. Viv Rushton and her team provided demonstrations and then had the club members dancing in a large circle.

Club member Becky was able to wear her Taeppas Tump outfit. She has been a special member of that group for many years and is often taken to their performances.

We have just learned that club helper Liz Kermode has died this week. Club members have not yet been told. Liz has been ill for a long time. She has been visited regularly by Colin and other helpers. Everybody will be really sad to hear this news.

Members now have the Singing and Karaoke evening that even the most shy people like to join in. It is great to see the way in which they support one another and really enjoy their performances.
Then comes the Artwork evening-making of Valentine's cards. They often become rather crumpled, but are very much appreciated by the artists and receivers.

Valentine's disco on 11th February is a reason to dress up - and they do!!
Then comes a Taekwondo demonstration and the Superstars evening. February certainly will be a busy month for Monday Club members.

Wednesday Club
Club nights are more gentle, but equally enjoyed by the members. A few people have been in hospital and Get Well cards are earnestly made. Some members are so enthusiastic that they do not want to part with the finished articles, but the carers make sure that they are delivered- even if crumpled.

Everybody loves Danny, who assists in making the tea and coffee. One of the carers makes wonderful cakes, so birthdays have been celebrated. Sadly the last 'birthday-girl' was poorly that night, but she still wanted club members to have her cake, even though she was not there.

Support Worker Jeanette has missed a couple of weeks as she has problems with her shoulder and cannot drive. We all wish her well. We, of course also miss her wonderful cakes when she is unable to come.

We appreciate the assistance given by Colin and Margaret from Monday Club, who join us often.

Your £2 Membership Fees are due now. Forms are still available from Highview, Arnold Kremenstein and me valerie@vbosley.plus.com

Don't forget the A.G.M. to be held at Highview, 6 North Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1PL on Thursday 7th March at 7.30pm. Everybody is welcome.

 

Valerie Bosley