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February e-news bulletin
Hello from your friends at Carers Leeds

As we start to see signs of spring with daffodils appearing and the snow finally melting, we start to look forward to a brighter few months. In this edition we have details of our new vaccine helpline, we prepare to celebrate international women's day, share some brilliant events we're running in March and ask what you would like to see us run next. 
There's also info about a great magazine for men in Leeds and look at some varied and interesting courses available online. Take a look...

Events

What events do you want to attend? We run lots of events to give you a break from your caring role, give you skills and information to support you, or just events that bring a bit of fun to your day.

If you've never joined us before, what event would you like to see?

International Women's Day challenge

Choose to challenge and get involved with the Carers Leeds Challenge for International Women’s Day. Complete a sentence and send it back to us by 08 March 2021.
This could be written, a picture or made into something arty! You can choose “The biggest challenge I have overcome is...” or “I will challenge myself to...”
Send your picture/drawing/written statement to Lydia by e-mail lydia.crosland@carersleeds.org.uk.

COVID-19 information for carers in Leeds

Vaccines - Some carers are starting to receive their invitations for the vaccine now but we're still very early in the process so don't worry if you haven't heard yet. If you want to speak to someone about the vaccine or if you have any questions or concerns, our vaccine helpline is open Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm. Call 0113 246 8338 or e-mail vaccines@carersleeds.org.uk.

For more information, or to register as a carer, visit our COVID-19 FAQ page: carersleeds.org.uk/covid-and-caring/

PPE - If you need masks, gloves or other equipment to help you in your caring role, you can get these for free through Leeds City Council. Apply online here.

Support for men in Leeds

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City unlocked is a great magazine packed with useful info, services and events for men in Leeds. Take a look at the latest edition here: www.fgfleeds.org/city-unlocked-tinternet-edition/

Meet our friends

Image result for tide carers tide (together in dementia everyday) is a UK wide involvement network of carers/former carers and health and care professionals who are working together to build a better future for carers of people living with dementia  

We are determined to change the way that carers are recognised, valued and treated and so we aim to empower, motivate, inform and help carers and give them the skills they need to do that. 

tide is a registered charity and the network is free to join https://www.tide.uk.net/join_tide/ 

If you sign up, you will receive a monthly newsletter and if you would like to be more involved, then you can take part in the Carer Development Programme and regular coffee mornings. To book onto any of our current sessions click here https://www.tide.uk.net/tide-events/ 

The Carer Involvement Lead for tide in Yorkshire and Humber is Sarah Merriman, e mail sarah@tide.uk.net for any more information. 

Keep on learning

HomeThe WEA in Yorkshire & Humber has provided part time courses for adults for over 100 years.

The WEA's vision is to achieve: "A better world - equal democratic and just - through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society".
They offer a wide range of courses, some designed for carers, others more general. You can learn British Sign Language, arts and crafts, family history and more! 

For details of courses, visit www.wea.org.uk/yorkshire-and-humber/browse-all-courses-yorkshire-humber/2021
Leeds Recovery College offer a wide range of free courses that focus on keeping us mentally and physically well. The courses will help you to learn more about mental health, work out what keeps both you and the person you care for well and find ways to enjoy life more. To take a look at their online and distance learning timetable visit leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/advice-support/leeds-recovery-college/

Recommended reading

Brian Sugden cared for his late wife Audrey and has written a beautiful book of poetry in her memory. The book features a forward from broadcaster Harry Gration. All profit from purchases of the book will help fund dementia research.
To buy a copy, visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

Digital support for carers

Remember, we are here for you.
Our carer support team is here to help you. Get in touch for confidential advice, support and information. We're all in this together.
This short video shows you what we do and how we support carers in Leeds.
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