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East Bridgford Care Group

We are a volunteer group of people willing to be good neighbours in various ways in the East Bridgford area and surrounding villages.

We offer help with transport (mainly for medical reasons when alternative help is not available), collecting pensions or prescriptions, befriending and providing respite help to carers who may need a break from time to time.

East Bridgford Care can arrange transport for residents of East Bridgford and Kneeton and the few surrounding villages for medical reasons (e.g. to the surgery, dentist, chiropodists, opticians or hospital appointments, etc.) where such help is not already provided by ambulance or hospital taxi and where other forms of transport are not available or possible.

Transport can also be provided for people wishing to visit friends or relatives in hospital or nursing homes. The volunteer driver charges at 30p per mile, but there are fixed charges for some journeys:

East Bridgford to QMC or City Hospital £6.50 return;
Newark Hospital £6.00 return;
Flintham, Aslockton or Whatton £2.50 return;
There is no fixed charge for local journeys within East Bridgford, Newton and Kneeton.

Please try to give at least 24 hours notice for transport. All volunteers carry an identity card with a photograph which you should always ask to see.

For more information on all services or to book transport please contact the co-ordinator, Mrs Alison Powell, on 07976 935476.

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Department of Work & Pensions - Disabled People & Carers

DWP is responsible for a range of benefits and services for people who are sick or disabled, and their carers.

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Central Nottinghamshire Association for Mental Health - Family Support Scheme

Central Notts. Mind first set up the Family Support Scheme in 1978 to assist families caring for an elderly confused relative at home.

The help provided through the Scheme is in the form of day care at various centres throughout Central Nott.

This kind of support is essential because, contrary to popular belief, only 10% of elderly mentally ill people receive some form of institutional care; the majority are mainly looked after by relatives within their own (or their carer's) home.

Referral to the Scheme is usually made by professionals working in Health or Social Services. However, if it is not possible to go through such channels, a private referral can be made by telephoning the MIND office on Mansfield (01623) 658044.

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Radford Care Group

We don't stop playing because we grow old ? we grow old because we stop playing!

Radford Care Group is a purpose built centre and registered charity that offers daytime activities for older people in Nottingham, with extended facilities for the more frail elderly, to support older people and help them to remain independent and in their own homes. Transport is available for those in the NG7/NG8 area.

We are open 5 days per week and organise activities such as arts and crafts, movement to music, quizzes, outings and getting together with others from the local area. We also offer services such as refreshments, a hot lunch, our own on-site hair salon, a small shop, regular visits from a local chiropodist, an aromatherapy massage service 3 days per week, bathing facilities and internet training.

The day care we provide is for those who are more frail and may have dementia, Alzheimer's or need help through a physical disability. This service is open 4 days per week, Tuesday to Friday, and offers all the services listed above and is also a valuable source of respite to carers. We accept referrals through adult services (formally social services), or privately. This service is run by professional carers.

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The Respite Association


The Respite Association was born on May 16th 2001.  A group of people, all with first hand experience of the stress put on carers, had come to realise that there was very little support available for those caring for loved ones.  That small but committed group of people decided that the best way forward was to create an organisation whose sole aim was to care for the carers by providing respite.  When you are caring for someone the task can be overwhelming.  You can be on 'duty' for 24 hours a day for seven days a week with no breaks or holidays.  This is too much to ask of anyone.
So what do we actually do?
We provide short term assistance in the funding of appropriately qualified respite care for disabled, sick, elderly or terminally ill persons in order that their regular carer can be allowed to take a much needed break.
In addition we purchased a caravan at Skegness in 2012 in order to offer free respite breaks for carers.
Who will we help?
Many of the people who are at home caring for loved ones are forced to live on very limited incomes.  It is these people that we are working to help.
What does it cost?
Whilst providing suitably qualified carers in the home or funding a temporary place in a residential care centre can be expensive, the benefits to the carer are beyond measure.  The cost and level of support varies dramatically from a few pounds to several hundred with an average level of around £400.
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Carewatch - Newark and Sherwood

Welcome to Carewatch Newark and Sherwood and thank you for visiting our site. Carewatch Newark and Sherwood offers a range of services designed to help people maintain, and retain, independence, dignity and security, in their own homes

In addition to supporting elderly people, Carewatch Newark and Sherwood provides other support services to adults and children with learning/physical disabilities, those with mental health needs; informal carers, enabling them to take a break from their caring commitments; people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other long-term illness or condition; people requiring end-of-life care; people discharged from hospital and many other unique care and support situations.

We have a vast experience in delivering local personalised services. Our ethos is recognised as personal, caring and supportive.

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Professional & Personal Care
  • Shopping & Trips
  • High Dependency Care Packages Tailored To Suit
  • Experienced Carers
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Social Care Support for Carers

If you provide unpaid support to help an adult live at home you are a carer.  These pages provide information, advice and support for carers.

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Age UK - Advice for Carers

Caring for a friend or relative can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.  It is also a big undertaking that, on occasion, can leave you feeling tired and stressed.  But there is support available.

Whether you have been a carer for a long time or have recently joined the millions of people across the UK who are caring for a relative or friend, you may wish to know more about the support available to you and the person you care for.

This guide looks at both the practical side of caring - the benefits you can claim, how to arrange flexible working hours, how to organise respite care - and the emotional side, such as the impact on your health and social life.  It aims to let you know where to go for help, so you do not feel you have to manage on your own.

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Rethink - Respect Group - Newark

The aim of this group is to provide mutual support and encouragement, to promote good mental health and a place to meet new friends. This group is open to all with personal experience of mental illness, either as a sufferer, or friend, relative or carer. Informal referral, either referred by mental health worker or self referral. Breakfast club meets on the 1st Saturday of every month.

The group meets every Thursday from 1.00pm until 3.00pm

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