Here is our Spring/ Summer edition of our Carers Newsletter and Events Diary. You can view them by clicking the images below… Enjoy!
You are invited to bring your experience and expertise to the Carers Partnership Board
Join a monthly meeting with other carers, and people from Solihull Council, health and services that have carers’ interests at heart.
• Help decide how the money available for carers support is spent
• Help shape and design services
• Share, challenge and inform the decision makers
• Be the voice of carers
• Influence change and celebrate success
• Eat cake and drink tea
Carers who attend tell us…
“I feel valued and that my opinions as a carer are heard.”
“We can say what is not going well and try to change things so they work better for all carers.”
“I meet other carers and realise I am not alone.”
“I see that officers from health and the Council do listen to carers and are trying to make things better for us.”
Meetings usually last for 2 hours and take place during the day. Interested?
Date – 16/12/16
Start time – 10.15am for a 10.30 start
End time – 11.30am
Duration – 1 hour
Venue – Solihull Carers Centre, 620 Streets Brook Road, B91 1QY (behind the Fire Station)
Its wheelchair accessible
This session is for carers/relatives of someone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia
Contact details – Sue Prince 0121 788 1143
The Solihull Dementia Action Alliance is made up of organisations that operate across the Borough of Solihull and are working towards creating dementia friendly communities to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.
Solihull Carers Centre submitted their action plan and will be working towards delivering those actions which help to deliver on the outcomes outlined in the Dementia Declaration. The declaration was created by people with dementia and their family carers and describes seven outcomes they would like to see in their lives.
You can view the declaration here http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/nationaldementiadeclaration
For more information on Dementia Action Alliance http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/
Solihull Dementia Action Alliance
Check out our latest newsletter. It has all the latest details about……
Young carers clubs
October half term and Christmas trips
Young adult carers trips
Worcester Warriors trip in the new year
NEET Project for 14 to 25 year olds
Peer mentoring and befriending
Carers Rights Day
Friday 15th & Saturday 16th July 2016 Day 15 & 16 COMING HOME ………..
It’s been a blast Day 15. Early rise from my resting stop some 1500m up into the Dolomites mountain range, aiming to leave Italy go back through Austria and head for Switzerland. I soon realised why people were directing me to a campsite the previous night, I stopped and pitched my tent smack bang in the middle of the Dolomites National Park!!! Big no no, it’s not allowed and could have got me into some trouble with the Park Authorities, luckily I stopped late just before night fell and left at the crack of dawn. The ride across the Dolomites was a lot tougher than I expected, the mountain roads ain’t the best maintained and the hairpin bends were a big challenge on a big bike, 1st gear turning back on myself made tough going, luckily the brilliant sunshine was at my back so I didn’t have to contend with it blinding me as I turned into another climb or 10% gradient slope. The Dolomites are fantastic place to see and by mid morning the area was full of tourists of all types,looking forward to a nice weekend in the mountains. The few villages I passed through were like stepping back in time, old quaint Italian cafes and bars bristling with people and the smells of home cooked food made me suffer, I was desperate for some decent food. I stopped to eat at Cortina d’Amprezzo, this very busy location was the end of my time in the Dolomites, but just the start for a lot of others. Now I needed to do some serious mileage to get across to Switzerland through Zurich hopefully before night fall, I was aiming to be back home Sunday afternoon. Up back into Austria I went aiming for Innsbruck, a region I know well from
times there Snowboarding, and to my amazement the place looks so different in the summer, from all the snow covered mountains I was familiar with. The ski lifts were still in use but taking hikers and mountain bikers up to places I’d only ever snowboarded down. The sunshine made it a glorious day to ride and I pasted through the Switz Friday evening traffic quite easily and continued riding North passed St Gallen and Zurich heading towards Strasburg. Once I left Switzerland I seemed to be crossing backwards and forwards between France and Germany continuously as I progressed.
I passed through Strasburg, the place seems like it’s dogged by Graffiti Artists who seemed to be determined to paint everything that doesn’t move, this surprised me I’d always thought of it as a place of historical importance and culture, and perhaps it is, but not when viewed from the motorway. I was making fantastic progress, weather was good and there was very little traffic on the roads, so I settled for the night just as the Sun was setting, next to a wonderful spot, possibly the most scenic spot I’ve stayed in. Day 16. Saturday morning, up with the sun, this place was so peaceful I could have slept there til noon. But I needed to carry on, I was tired, the last two weeks of riding, poor diet, and sleeping rough was beginning to take a toll. I had one country left to visit, Luxembourg.
The Saturday morning the roads were empty, I had close to 500 miles left to ride to get home, the riding was so enjoyable, and perhaps the bike had had enough to, the miles flew by, Luxembourg came and went, I didn’t even realise I entered the Country till I passed through back into France. Then I saw a motorway sign ‘Calais 180 kilometres’, 120 miles in old money, so I cracked on, compared to everything else I’d seen, Northern France is pretty basic in terms of country side and views, so I keep riding. Security at the Calais Channel Tunnel was immense, possibly due to the incident in Nice the day before, traffic jams were huge, with queues for miles approaching the Tunnel, luckily on a motorbike I could filter through grab my ticket and board as soon as possible, motorcycles tend to be used to fill gaps on the Cgannel Tunnel trains, I was on and crossing within 45 minutes. And the last 200 miles of the journey up to to the Midlands was just a blur, probably because I was thinking I’m nearly home. BIG BIKE TRIP – THE CONCLUDING BLOG I had an amazing time during this journey, it has been a great privilege for me to represent SOLIHULL YOUNG CARERS on what has been a very personal dream of mine for a long time. 22 European Countries in 2 weeks 2 days covering 6500 miles through the Arctic Circle and up to Nordkapp, the most Northerly point on Mainland Europe, 1500 miles from the North Pole. I’m tired, very sore and have lost a few pounds along the
way, but I’ve seen some fantastic places, meet some very interesting and strange people en route. I’ve been asked why I didn’t stop longer at some of the locations I visited, and the reason is simple, this was a motorcycling challenge and for me its was all about the riding experience. Motorcyclists, I respect, have told me that what I’ve achieved is amazing, both in terms of locations, distance travelled and time. It was hard work, and at times scary and very daunting ( I’ve purposely omitted to mention the few mishaps and close calls I’ve had because that would upset people), I knew the risks and dangers when I set off, motorcycling is a high risk activity and comes with many challenges, both mentally and physically. For me personally, I don’t think the challenge I’ve completed is nearly as daunting and challenging or mentally or physically as tough as the tasks and responsibilities that the YOUNG CARERS OF SOLIHULL face up to every day. Even though I was Alone and Unsupported during my trip, I wasn’t really. I had Solihull Young Carers supporting me and giving me the drive and commitment I needed to fulfil my dream. To all the Solihull Young Carers out there, who may feel alone and unsupported, SYC is there to support you, and even though I’m not personally involved, I hope my Journey has shown you that there are people who care about what you do ever day, day in day out, and believe you all do the impossible. It’s been one of the greatest pleasures of my life to represent Solihull Young Carers and all the Young Carers out there in Solihull, and I very much thank you all for that opportunity. You will all be pleased to know Suzi came back safe and sound, I don’t think she will ever get on a motorcycle again though, but I believe she’ll be off to Dubai soon to a sunny climate next to a pool, that should put the smile back on her face!!!😊 Before she goes, she’s going to need a good bath and brush, I don’t think Customs will let
her through looking like a Biker Chick. Good luck to you all and you will always be in my thoughts.
TTFN SYC and all the Young Carers out there in Solihull.