Barnet Carers Centre was established in February 1996 as part of the network of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. The Centre offers advice, information, emotional and practical support for all informal carers who live or work in the London Borough of Barnet.
Carers look after family members, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability.The care they provide is unpaid. If someone is paid to look after another person we use the word, 'careworker' to avoid confusion.
The 2011 Census identified 32,320 adult carers and 1,000 young carers (under the age of 18) living in the borough of Barnet.
At Barnet Carers Centre we are in contact with over 4,500 adult carers and 350 young carers.
STOP PRESS - Housing Benefit size criteria rules: the ‘bedroom tax’ – a summary produced by Carers UK attached here: www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/help-with-money/help-with-household-finances/bedroom-tax
STOP PRESS – Budget 2013: What it means for carers – a summary produced by Carers UK attached here: http://www.carersuk.org/professionals/resources/briefings/item/3051-budget-2013-what-it-means-for-carers
Pollyanna’s plastering her posterior for Barnet Carers Centre
Renowned North Finchley fundraiser Pollyanna Tucker has set herself a challenge to raise much needed funds for Barnet Carers Centre.
In the past few years, Pollyanna has shaved her head three times; sky dived and organised countless events such as a sponsored silence for local charities including Barnet Carers Centre. She managed to raise a staggering £3,500 with her last head shave.
However, her next innovative fundraiser will be bigger, better and beautiful. Pollyanna will have a plastercast made of her bottom on Sunday 7th April at her home in North Finchley. This unique plaster cast will then be auctioned on Monday 13th May at The Malt & Hops.
If you wish to help support Pollyanna in her bid to raise her profile and funds for Barnet Carers Centre, go to the events link on the left or use the following link:
UPDATED CENTRE NEWS
Barnet Carers Centre has been awarded a 3-year contract from 1st October 2012 to deliver adult carers support services across Barnet. An innovative way to deliver support services is through partnership working with the following Hub organisations:
Jewish Care www.jewishcare.org
Alzheimer’s Society www.alzheimers.org.uk
Friend in Need www.ebarnetbaptist.org.uk/fincentre.htm
Age UK Barnet www.ageuk.org.uk/barnet/
Barnet Mencap www.barnetmencap.org.uk/
Barndoc Healthcare Ltd awarded a new contract to provide out of hours services in Barnet.
Barndoc has retained the contract to continue to provide GP out of hours services in Barnet from 2 April 2013 for the next two years. It continues to be run by doctors who are familiar with local services and the health needs of the Barnet community. The service is for patients who have urgent health needs that cannot wait until their GP practice is next open. Barndoc provides GP cover between 6.30pm and 8am on weekdays, and from 6.30pm on a Friday to 08.00am Monday and on bank holidays. Patients can access out of hours services by phoning the new NHS 111 telephone number (all GP surgeries when closed will now have the 111 number on their voicemail). If patients are transferred from 111 to Barndoc, they can expect: to receive a telephone call back from a GP who will give them healthcare advice and/or a consultation with a GP at either Edgware Community Hospital, Finchley Memorial Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield or The Laurels Healthy Living Centre, Haringey or a home visit if clinically appropriate.
Two Breaks Schemes: Short Breaks and Health Breaks
Two breaks schemes are available to carers in Barnet who spend a significant amount of time providing unpaid support to family or friends. This could be caring for someone who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
Breaks can be provided where you, the carer, are not already receiving a break and where the caring role is having a negative impact on your health or ability to have a life outside of caring. You will be assessed for eligibility to receive a direct payment towards the cost of taking a break from caring.
For either type of break you will need to be registered with Barnet Carers Centre and for a Health Break you will need to visit your GP who can give you a prescription to be redeemed at Barnet Carers Centre. Your GP may send the prescription directly to the Carers Centre on your behalf.
Staff at the Carers Centre will speak to you and discuss the best kind of break to suit your needs and situation.
For more information please call the Barnet Carers Hub Outreach and Support Team on 0208 343 9698.