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Take a look at the latest issue of our email newsletter: Updated 24th February 2020.
Learning Fair for Adult Social Care
Featuring training opportunities in the care sector
Thursday 27th February 2020
10am – 2pm at The Disability Resource Centre
If you are a Personal Assistant (PA) in care, employer or want to find out more about training opportunities in the care sector then you’ll find all the training you need at our Learning Fair.
New & free online training courses
We have been busy building some new online training courses to supplement all the training opportunities we offer, in person, across Bedfordshire and Luton.
The first online training course was launched in January called the Personal Assistant (PA) Induction course, which many local PAs have already joined and completed.
If you are PA or employer who uses our Direct Payment services then this course is suitable for you.
You will learn valuable information to help you perform your role as a PA including topics like safeguarding, DBS checks, health and safety, PA rights, timesheets, holidays and reporting sickness.
Monthly PA Induction workshops in Dunstable
We also run in-person PA Induction workshops, every month, at our centre in Dunstable. Read what PAs and carers have been saying about our monthly PA training…
The next workshop is being held this Thursday 27th February 2020.
Kind treats for carers
We were so touched by the kindness of the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club Luton North (The Inner Wheel Club is the ladies section of the Rotary Club), who donated boxes of treats for carers in need of a pick-me-up.
One of the members of the group had seen an article in the Sunday Times about the difficulties carers can face. The kind lady told her group all about it and they decided that they would make up Carers Boxes. They would then hand them out to carers to help with their wellbeing and to let them know that their hard work is appreciated and recognised.
The group members collected toiletries, tissues, jewellery, little notepads, fun sized chocolate bars, mini packets of wipes, face cream, and anything else they could collect, that they thought carers would use.
The photos show the Carers Boxes and the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club Luton North.
The group told us that they are now going to make up more Carers Boxes and deliver them again to us later this year. The boxes are ideal for female carers and will be distributed to the carers that use our Carers Central service, those who have had a particularly bad time.
Lorraine and Levi, our Carers Support Workers, were invited to meet the ladies who were involved in the making of the Carers Boxes at The Warden Tavern in Luton.
Welcome to Rawshana and Stacey
We were joined by two new team members last month, Rawshana and Stacey.
We asked Rawshana to introduce herself via some Q&As. It will be Stacey’s turn next time.
Q. What’s your typical day at The Disability Resource Centre?
A typical day for me starts at 10am, as I’m one of the Information Assistants within the contact hub. I’m generally on the phone taking calls and answering queries; some queries require a fair amount of research. The phones are usually very busy from the time I get in until about 4pm. The Disability Resource Centre also have an equipment showroom so there’s usually a steady stream of visitors who also require looking after.
In addition to these visitors we also have a number of tenants within the building who also have visitors that require greeting and signposting.
Q. What do most enjoy about working at The Disability Resource Centre?
The variety of the queries that I get to deal with on a day to day basis.
Q. What are the most challenging parts of working at The Disability Resource Centre?
As I’m new, it’s getting to understand the vast range of mobility aids and adaptations on the market and what they are used for.
Q. What have you learned about The Disability Resource Centre that you didn’t know before you started working here?
How big the premises actually are and how many people are supported by The Disability Resource Centre every month, it’s amazing!
And finally, here are a few light-hearted questions…
Q. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Oooh I could just do with a cuppa…. ( I do like my hot drinks!).
Q. Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to be able to do martial arts.
Q. What is your most treasured possession?
My Apple mobile phone, my life revolves around it :-).
Q. Who are your heroes in real life?
People who give up their free time to help disadvantaged people.
Q. Who are your heroes in fiction?
Q. What is your motto?
The glass is always half full.
Free Care Academy workshops for PAs in care
These workshops are all held at The Disability Resource Centre in Dunstable.
Last chance – Our free workshops for PAs in care and employers ends at the end of February.
Call 01582 470970 or email us for full details.
Support into Employment for Carers
We know and understand how difficult it can be to find work if you are a carer. You may struggle to find paid employment that fits around your caring commitments.
If you have ever thought about turning your existing caring skills into paid employment, then we can help. Our free training and programmes could work around your existing commitments.
If you wish to return to work in some way, but are unsure how to start, then we can help with 1-2-1 support with our employment advisors.
Practical support for carers
Carers Central service is completely dedicated to helping unpaid carers living, or working, in Luton.
Our two Carer Support Workers, Lorraine and Levi, take the service out to different venues across Luton and also arrange visits to carers in their own homes and local venues to suit.
Second-hand disability equipment
At our equipment centre in Dunstable we now sell a range of second-hand wheelchairs, walkers, handrails, walking frames and much more, all at bargain prices.
We are now accepting donations of equipment
Please consider donating your good quality unwanted items, so we can sell them to help us raise funds for our charity.
Fitness suite session times
Check the days and times for all the sessions in our fitness suite, which is especially designed for disabled people.
Our disability advice service is confidential, independent and free.
This service provides up-to-date information and advice to people of any age and with any disability, older people, their families, carers, friends and associated professionals.
Meeting rooms for hire
Hire our fully equipped meeting rooms with free wifi, a digital projector, tea & coffee facilities, flexible room space and on-site parking for over 100 cars, including 12 dedicated disabled parking bays.
Our Facebook page has over 900 followers
With all the latest updates and news our Facebook page is an increasingly popular place to visit and now has over 930 followers and fans.
There’s always something new at our disability equipment shop here in Dunstable
New disability equipment
Take a look at our demonstration kitchen plus a brand new shower/wet room, both with lots of thoughtful features. Please feel free to book an appointment with our highly trained team, at a time to suit you.
We have plenty of new items on display including a starlift, mobility scooters, manual wheelchairs, kitchen utensils, continence supplies, rollators, riser-recliner seating and more.
Join our team of superhero volunteers
The Disability Resource Centre Needs You!
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at The Disability Resource Centre. Whatever your skills and experience or time you have to give, we would love to hear from you. We have a range of opportunities across our services to support people with disabilities, carers and family members.
Benefits form-filling workshops on Mondays
The benefits form-filling workshops are designed to help you negotiate your way through the rather in-depth and sometimes confusing benefits claim forms.
Expert help with seating on Thursdays
Every Thursday we offer expert help with choosing the best chair. Our seating specialist is here to advise on getting the correct chair size, support to help maintain the correct posture and pressure care to prevent skin or muscle irritation.
Friday art workshop
A splash of colour to end your week. Gain the therapeutic effects of art and learn lots of new skills in a small and supportive group. Every Friday afternoon.
Carers Support group
We hold meet-ups twice every month for carers in the Luton area. Join Lorraine and Levi for informative question and answer sessions.
Check our events calendar for full details.
Physical Health and Emotional Wellbeing (PHEW) Support Group
Get support from people with real life experience of managing their own health, and/or caring for our loved ones who have health conditions.
Carers Eating Disorder Association (CEDA)
If you care for someone with an eating disorder, this support group could help you. The support group holds a monthly meet-up to share experiences, offer help and provide lots of sympathetic support.
Fibromyalgia Support Group
Come along to the Fibromyalgia support group meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. Check the support group’s popular Facebook page for updates and useful information.
Friday Art Support Group
Join us on Fridays every week to enjoy a couple of hours of mindful art. You can learn new techniques, share your own skills and find a new way to relax.
Watch out for our next newsletter…
Plans are already underway to make the next newsletter a bumper edition.
We are hoping to include:
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The Disability Resource Centre
Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable LU5 4TP
Phone: 01582 470900
Charity Number 1041712
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Please read the coronavirus update we have published and sent to all our clients and PAs who we support with Direct Payments.
We’re compiling some useful links to reliable information across the web to help us during the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. There is some really useful information from charities and organisations that help people with many health conditions.
The Disability Resource Centre will not be open to the public until advised it is safe to do so. We will continue to offer updated information on our website and telephone advice lines.
Help for Carers in Luton
Have you heard about the free service for carers in Luton, Carers Central? We offer lots of free 1-2-1 help and advice. We can meet-up at a time and place to suit you…
Please consider donating to The Disability Resource Centre today so we can continue our vital services.
You can hire a wheelchair from our charity. The Disability Resource Centre hires out manual wheelchairs (including children’s wheelchairs) and other equipment like ramps, rollators, crutches and walking frames to help you with your mobility.