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*LATEST NEWS: CARERS WEEK 12-18 June 2017*

STEP UP TO OUR CARERS WEEK CHALLENGE! Carers Week takes place 12-18 June and this year we are promoting the positive benefits of walking as a free, accessible and healthy activity for carers across Devon. Every one of you has stepped up to face the challenges of caring and we want to help raise awareness of carers locally with our own Step Out for Carers Week challenge. We are encouraging carers to join a local walk for Carers Week and/or to keep a log of the steps you take during that week. All we ask is that you let us know what you did and we hope to be able to generate some positive publicity highlighting the huge contribution you all make locally caring for your loved ones.

Devon Carers staff would be delighted if you could join us on one of the following walks:

EASTERN DEVON
Tues 13 June, 11:00am, Exmouth Seafront
Meet on the seafront outside The Merchant (33-34 Strand) for a walk through Manor Gardens to Esplanade and along to the lifeboat station. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available at The Merchant afterwards. Please book in advance by calling 03456 434435. (Ask to speak to Susie Plunkett or e-mail s.plunkett@westbankfriends.org)

Thurs 15 June, 11:00am, Tiverton Canal Ramble
Meet at the Ducks Ditty floating Café Bar for a walk along the canal path. A round trip of approx. 1.5 miles. Teas/coffees available but you may wish to bring a packed lunch

Fri 16 June, 10:30am, The Donkey Sanctuary
A guided walk that will take approx one hour and will be followed by a sandwich lunch afterwards. Limited places available so please book in advance by calling 03456 434435. (Ask to speak to Susie Plunkett or e-mail s.plunkett@westbankfriends.org)

EXETER
Weds 14 June, 10:30am & 1:30pm, Guided tours of Exeter
Meet at St Stephen's Church for a tour of the city led by Exeter Redcoat Guides. Refreshments will be served afterwards at St Stephen's.

NORTHERN DEVON
Mon 12 June, 11:00am, Tarka Trail
Meet at the Braunton Inn for a 1-mile walk followed by refreshments.

Weds 14 June, 11:15am & 2:00pm, RHS Rosemoor Torrington
Enjoy a guided walk around Rosemoor Gardens. Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 03456 434435

SOUTHERN DEVON
Mon 12 June, 12:00pm, Dawlish
Meet at the Methodist Church for a short walk around Dawlish followed by tea and cake in a local café

Mon 12 June, 9:45am, Ivybridge
Meet at Ivybridge Leisure Centre for a 30 minute walk which is suitable for all abilities. Please book your place by calling 03456 434435

Tues 13 June, 9:45am, Modbury Walk & Talk
Meet at Modbury Health Centre for a walk of approx. 2 miles. Refreshments will be available to purchase afterwards. (Meet at 9:30am if you have not joined in with a walk organised by 'Walk & Talk' before) Please book your place by calling 03456 434435.

Weds 14 June, 10:30am, South Brent Walk & Talk
Meet in the South Brent Old School Centre for a 45-minute gentle walk. Refreshments will be available to purchase afterwards. (Meet at 10:20am if you have not joined in with a walk organised by ‘Walk & Talk’ before) Please book your place by calling 03456 434435.

Weds 14 June, 11am, Totnes Walk & Talk
Meet in the Civic Hall, Market Square for a walk around Totnes Gardens. Refreshments will be available to purchase afterwards. (Meet at 10:40am if you have not joined in with a walk organised by ‘Walk & Talk’ before) Please book your place by calling 03456 434435.

Active Devon also leads 115 walks every week across the county and are especially keen to welcome anyone who wants to join a walk in Carers Week. Search for Active Devon's 'Walking for Health' walks at www.walkingfor health.org.uk 

Please call our helpline on 03456 434 435 if you have any questions about any of our Carers Week walks. Don't forget to check out other news and information in our latest newsletter by clicking here

 

CARERS CELEBRATION SERVICE
There will be a service of Celebration for Carers at 6:30pm on Saturday 17 June at Crediton Parish Church. The service will be attended by the Bishop of Crediton, Sarah Mullaly, and has been organised for Carers Week in recognition of all the work that carers in Devon do. A delicious cream tea will be available from 5pm in the St Boniface Centre next door to the church. Further information is available from Tim Collins at Devon Carers on  tel: 03456 434 435 or by e-mail: timothy.collins@devoncarers.org.uk Please contact Tim by 9 June to let him know if you would like to attend.

 

MODBURY HEALTH CENTRE CARERS WEEK DROP-IN
Devon Carers Carer Support Officer, Sarah Barker, will be offering an information drop-in at Modbury Health Centre 10:00am-3:30pm on Wednesday 14 June. Just pop in for an informal chat with Sarah.

 

NEWTON ABBOT INFORMATION DROP-INS
Devon Carers will be joining Kingscare League of Friends at Carers Week information and advice sessions at GP surgeries throughout Newton Abbot. If you are a local carer then you can drop in on the following dates and times:

  • Albany Surgery, Weds 14 June, 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Buckland Surgery, Mon 12 June, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Cricketfield Surgery, Weds 14 June, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Devon Square Surgery, Tues 13 June, 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Ipplepen Surgery, Weds 14 June 10:00-12:00pm
  • Kingskerswell Medical Centre, Thurs 15 June 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Kingsteignton Medical Practice, Mon 12 June 2:00pm-4:00pm

 

* WHAT IS DEVON CARERS *

Devon Carers provides information, assessment and support for carers living in the Devon County Council area or caring for someone living in the Devon County Council area. We have staff based all across Devon.

Devon Carers is run by six organisations working together to improve the quality of services for carers in Devon, whatever your age, whoever you care for. The six organisations are Westbank, Action East Devon, Exeter CVS, Taw and Torridge CVS, Young Devon and Hikmat.

 

*WEBSITE IMPROVEMENTS*

We would very much welcome feedback and suggestions for how we can further improve our website. Last year we asked you to suggest changes and, in response to your feedback, we made it easier to find our FAQ and pages specific to particular groups of carers. If you have any feedback you want to give us about our website (or any other aspect of our service) you can put it in our on-line suggestions box here