Issue 16 Accessible
Carers News Issue 16, December 2021
Carers Leads across Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, wish all Carers a very Happy Christmas and a healthy 2022.
Day out to Sandringham
Caring Together organised a free trip for carers across East Anglian to attend the Sandringham Christmas Food and Craft Fayre on 19 November. The weather held out, with plenty of stalls to start the Christmas shopping, and an opportunity to watch local crafts and taste festive food.
Carers Rights Day
The Triangle of care was releaunched within NSFT at an event to mark Carers Rights Day. Carers across Norfolk and Suffolk attended the online event to hear from Chief Nurse Diane Hull who shared her experience as a carer. Norfolk County Council gave a presentation on Carers Rights, Suffolk Family Carers, Carers Matter Norfolk and Young Carers talked about the support they could offer.
This event was recorded and should shortly be available on the Trust website.
Carers rights explained
Carers UK has plenty of useful advice for carers:
Carers have the right to request a free flu jab to protect themselves and the person they care for.
Juggling work and care can be very challenging so you can request flexible working from your employer.
Many carers find it easier to continue in their caring role if they can get some assistance. If it appears that they have needs for support, they can have a Carer’s Assessment.
If you are a carer and the person you care for is being discharged from hospital, the hospital must identify and consult with you, where possible.
If you look after an older or disabled person, the law - under the Equality Act 2010 - protects you against direct discrimination or harassment because of your caring responsibilities.
You can ask your GP to identify you as a carer on your patient record and might be called forward for flu jabs or other public health campaigns.
Go to carersuk.org to find out more.
Let’s meet: Lucinda Bray, Membership Officer
The first Record/CD you bought:
I don’t remember but I do remember spending hours in HMV and Virgin in Norwich looking at all the CD’s not knowing what to choose.
Your fave food:
Anything with a lot of flavour but chocolate, avocado and coffee are big faves.
I’ve been with NSFT since May 2020
As Membership Officer I connect members and Governors so they can learn about people’s real experiences of NSFT so I am constantly looking for ways to connect with people who are in contact with us. I also help with elections, create newsletters and run events.
When not at NSFT, I work for Norwich Theatre Royal and am a freelance production manager and designer. I have been to Brazil Uganda, Kenya, Guyana, Italy, France and Poland.
Email: Lucinda.email@example.com for information to join.
Hope and joy for Christmas
Many Salvation Army centres across Norfolk and Suffolk are providing help over the Christmas period. Please check your local centre for further information and details of a ‘Free Christmas meal’.
Email us direct at carersQAservice@nsft.nhs.uk