News & Events News Carers Week 2020: Support Directory This year for Carers Week (8-14 June, 2020), we want to make sure that local carers are aware of all the support we can offer them. With this in mind, we have created a directory listing various support available to carers at Harrow Mencap. We are still running a variety of services such as support groups, health and wellbeing activities, information and advice, and other opportunities while keeping to government guidelines around social distancing and the coronavirus. Currently these services include: 1. Weekly mindfulness sessions (see the flyer below for details) 2. Elevate Carers Group Our Elevate Carers Group is there to support people who care for somebody with a learning disability, physical disability, mental health condition, long term illness or anybody else. The group provides an opportunity for carers to learn to speak out and be heard, break the isolation, have fun, learn who they are outside of the caring role, gain skills and feel empowered. The group are currently conducting their meetings online to ensure social distancing. If you would like to join these sessions, please contact Hannah Roques on 07951 324 730 / [email protected] or Jordan Creed on 07496 494379 / [email protected]. (The group taking part in a live video session) 3. Regular community phone-in sessions Carers are welcome to join our Connecting Communities phone-ins. The telephone events offer people an opportunity to engage with others, learn and enjoy a variety of entertainment. So far the sessions have included discussions with local MPs and councillors, quizzes, musical performances, historical talks and casual chats. Sessions are currently available 4 days a week. If you would like to take part in our Connecting Communities phone-in events, please contact Jeremy Child on 07734 955115 or [email protected]. 4. Support and Wellbeing Information Service Harrow (SWISH) SWISH is for all Harrow residents and can help you find services which offer: • Legal advice • Welfare benefits casework (e.g. completing applications or appeals) • Housing casework (e.g. completing applications or appeals) • Debt advice • Independent financial advice or regulated financial advice • Advocacy You can contact SWISH on 020 8423 7382 or [email protected]. Brendan has received specialised information and support from SWISH check, you can check out his video below to hear his thoughts about the service: Yoga for Carers - Creating Space A gentle chair based session to help create space in the body, mind and breath. If you feel any discomfort doing any of these practices please be kind to yourself and ease back.