Issue 21 September 2022 Accessible

Carers’ News
Stay Hopeful, Stay Connected ISSUE 21, September 2022
RIP Queen Elizabeth II 1926 - 2022
Project helps with dementia support

MONUMENT is a transnational project exploring technological and social innovation to strengthen the resilience of informal carers of people living with dementia.
What does MONUMENT deliver? 

  • Information on local dementia-friendly services.
  • An accessible digital platform.
  • Tests and trials of assistive technology.
  • Training and support on outdoor activities for carers.
  • Guidance for out-door leisure providers.
  • Events and opportunities to get outdoors.
  • Dementia-friendly activities that make the most of natural spaces.

Norfolk County Council is exploring new ways to reduce the barriers identified by carers of people living with dementia in accessing the outdoor spaces and its associated health benefits.
The charity Dementia Adventure is providing inspiring free training in Norfolk about the benefits of being active in nature. 
Training will be available for unpaid carers of people living with dementia. 
If you’d like to know more about MONUMENT’s activities or training, email
Partnership for working carers 
Carers UK is partnering with Barclays LifeSkills to help those over 50 remain in work, many of whom may be struggling to juggle work with caring responsibilities. Already, 9.4 million people have benefited from developing the skills to thrive in the workplace.
As the UK’s population grows older and more people continue in employment into later life, juggling work and care will become more prevalent. 
It’s essential for employers to create accommodating workplaces that enable those who are working and caring to balance both. 
With 600 carers leaving the workplace every day, there is a substantial impact on the carer’s physical, mental and financial health, but there is also a negative impact on the business, with a loss of skills and knowledge from the workplace.
This partnership will help raise awareness of the challenges that individuals face; help support working carers to stay in employment; and work with employers to create more carer friendly workplaces.
Child support
The Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CADS) is a relationship-based consultation service for any concerns anyone might have about a child, with a ‘never do nothing’ ethos. There are no written referral forms, just a number to call – 0344 800 8021 – and speak to one of the service’s consultant social workers. The service is available Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm. 
New festival
VISIBLE is a project launched by the Norfolk and Norwich SEND Association for 2022 and beyond.
Its first Neurodiversity Festival will take place at The Forum (in Norwich) on 21 and 22 October.
Keep up to date with information about this by visiting

A big ‘thank you’ to Carers Lead Neil
Carers Leads across the Trust are in place to improve services for carers. 
A carer in Suffolk acknowledged the support provided by Carers Lead Neil Broadway by saying . . . 
“I would like to thank Neil for all his support during what has been a difficult time for me. I have very much appreciated and benefited from his kind and thoughtful approach, his sensitivity and intelligence. 
“He is an excellent listener, skilful at seeing the bigger picture, discussing and taking careful consideration before arriving at possible solutions and ways forward. 
“His wisdom is delivered with a light touch, sense of humour and perception which inspires confidence and calm. Thank you.”

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