Sinead Houston, Young Carers Project Manager has reently started a series of OptionsXpress review and other brokers Cook-It sessions with our young carers. Cook-it aims to promote healthy living to participants, and gives basic cooking skills to help put their knowledge into practice! Good luck to Sinead and all the participants.
BME Carers – English Language Classes
Newry & Mourne Carers in conjunction with the Challenge of Change project within Newry & Mourne District Council are currently running English Language classes every Friday at 11am. This project aims to help identify and support those BME carers living in our local community. Classes are led by Cathal McCabe, Chairman of the Ireland Poland Cultural Foundation. If you or anyone could benefit from these classes, why not give us a call on 028 302 67015 to arrange your place in the class. A small number of childminding places are available during class times.
The Annual General Meeting of Newry & Newry and Mourne Carers will take place on Tuesday 25th March 2014 commencing at 19.30 in the Centre. Why not come along and find out about our work and maybe even lend us a hand going forward. Everyone very welcome !
Volunteer Coordinator Pat Fox has kindly agreed to give a couple of talks on Timebanking and is looking new members- why not come along to one of his presentations at the centre at 17.30 on 25 March 2014 prior to the AGM at the centre- find out about the newest way to volunteer and make a difference – everyone welcome!
Northern Ireland Water Information Session
Northern Ireland Water provided a free information session to a group of Family Carers in the Newry & Mourne Carers centre on 31st January. In the session, they offered practical information and advice on issues such as protecting water pi…pes in winter, water conservation, water for health and your water supply. There was a large turnout for the morning and everyone left equipped with a goody bag containing useful phone numbers and a range of gadgets for their homes. A very enjoyable morning was had by all.- many thanks to Water NI
Carers Trust – Mind the Gap
Carers Trust have commenced the Mind Your Gap programme in Northern Ireland which will see 5 support workers (1 in each of the Health Trust areas) assisting carers over 60 to get the help and support they deserve. Newry & Mourne Carers are a network partner of Carers Trust and we are delighted we will be working closely with their support worker Pauline Rice – good luck in your post Pauline !
“Your Pharmacy at Work”  Project Begins!
On Tuesday 12th February 2013, our carers centre played host to Mary Hart & Kirsty Martin from Boots Pharmacy. This was the initial workshop to begin our Pharmacy Health & Wellbeing project for Ethnic Minority Carers. This project is being run in conjunction with Boots Pharmacy, supported by Community Health & Development Network and aims to assist those carers from an Ethnic Minority background, by providing information on the services provided by local pharmacies; including the Minor Ailments Scheme, Smoking Cessation Clinics and prescription ordering. We anticipate that this project will be open to carers from an Ethnic Minority background in March 2013. Please contact us if you, or someone you might know would benefit from this service. At our workshops, there will be fully fluent multi-linguists to assist. Below are a couple of photos from the first staff information workshop!
l-r:  Lorraine Murphy, Sean Caughey, Phil McDonald, Sinead Houston, Richard Black, Sinead Caniff, Kirsty Martin (Boots) & Mary Hart (Boots Pharmacist) 

L-R: Kirsty Martin (Boots), Richard Black (NMC/Macmillan Support Worker), Mary Hart (Boots/Macmillan Information Pharmacist), Lorraine Murphy (NMC/Macmillan Support Worker) 
New Newry & Mourne Carers Videos Launched!
Simon and the guys from Slackpress recently made videos to highlight the work we do here at Newry & mourne Carers, and also to help celebrate our 25th anniversary. Heres a look at one of the videos, see the rest by clicking on the Adult Carers Videos and Young Carers Videos tabs on the menu to the right!

Bag Packing Day at Sainsburys
We are currently looking for volunteers to take part in a bag packing day at Sainsburys, Newry, on Saturday 23rd March 2013. The bag-pack will raise money for all our carers services, and we need as many volunteers to help as possible. If you are free, and can spare as little as one hour, please get in touch with Lorraine or Sinead at the centre and put your name down. Tel (028) 30267015. NB – All packers must be aged 14 or over. Thanks!
Newry & Mourne Carers 25th Anniversary Celebrations
On 30th November 2012, Newry & Mourne Carers celebrated 25 years in existence. We held a Gala Dinner in Bellinis with in excess of 200 guests. We’d like to thank all our special guests, including guest speakers, politicians & clergy members. It was truly a great night; a fitting homage to 25 wonderful years!
Fashion Show by Berling, Newry


In October 2012, a fashion show was held in Lissummon GAC by Berling Fashions, Newry. All proceeds of the show went to Newry & Mourne Carers. We are extremely humbled by the generosity shown by Aisling & Berenice from Berling, and wish to express our sincere gratitude for the amazing £1,500 raised for us.

Thanks to all involved!

Below: Representatives from Newry & Mourne Carers receving cheque from Berling Fashion.


Young Carers Christmas Formal

Our Young carerts once again held their annual Christmas formal in Bellinis. Its a night to let the young carers let their hair down (or get it put up all fancy!) and get their gladrags on. It was a great night of food, singing and dancing. Many thanks to Bellinis, and for Mickey for providing Karaoke and Disco!

Carers Christmas Service
There will be a special Christmas service for all our Carers this Sunday 16th December at 5pm, in St. Mary’s Church, John Mitchell Place, Newry. The service will be led by our chaplains, Reverend Kingsley Sutton & Father Stephen Tumilty. There will be Christmas blessings & carol singing. Please show your support and come along to join in prayer that all our carers have a happy, holy and healthy Christmas.
Young Carers Can Sing! CD Launched!
On 30th November 2012, the Young Carers project in association with Carers Trust had the official launch of their new CD, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me.’ This project was part of the Carers Trust ‘Young Carers Can…’ initiative and was very successful. Led by Eoin Caughey, the young carers put together the CD featuring seven inspirational songs for carers. The CD is on sale now priced at just £5, in the Centre, and also in Sainsburys and other outlets throughout Newry & Mourne. To get your copy, drop into the centre, or keep an eye out for our special display in Sainsburys when you do your Christmas shopping!
Macmillan / NMC Carers Support Project Update
We are delighted to announce that MacMillan Cancer Support have agreed to fund the service for another year. The project so far has identified many carers of cancer patients and has made a very significant and meaningful difference. The NI Census has recorded an increase of 28,000 family carers in Northern Ireland and many of these will be looking after loved ones with cancer. Thanks to everyone who has driven the project forward and who continue to work tirelessly on behalf of those carers sharing the cancer journey with their families
Christmas Visit from Roscommon Young Carers
On Saturday 15th December, we will hold a special Christmas dinner party for our young Carers, and the Young Carers from our good friends in Roscommon. We’re expecting around 50 people – so Sinead, Phil, Eoin & Orlene will be very busy in prepping the turkey and trimmings! Good Luck guys!
Young Carers Christmas Formal
On 7th December 2012, our Young Carers had their annual Formal in Bellinis. A Great night was had by all, with Karaoke & Disco by Mickey. Everyone sang and danced the night away, and enjoyed a lovely buffet meal. Many thanks to all involved in the organising – particularly Sinead who works very hard every year to make the formal happen!
25th Anniversary Gala Dinner
On 30th November 2012, we at Newry & Mourne Carers hosted our Silver Jubilee Gala Dinner, in Bellinis, Newry. The night was a great success, with a great turnout of around 200 guests. Special thanks to our guest speakers on the night, and to everyone who helped to make it all possible. Heres to another 25 years! Pictures to follow*
Young Carers Can Sing!
Great Rehearsals & Great Fun had by all at the young Carers Can Sing Residential. Hard work was done on all of our songs, and a great enthusiasm was shown by our young performers. Well Done Everyone!
Annual General Meeting
We’d like to thank everyone who attended and got involved at the AGM. Everyone agreed it has been a trying, yet exciting year for Newry & Mourne Carers; with plenty to be positive about going forward into 2013!
Newry & Mourne Carers will be holding our AGM Wednesday 17th October 2012, at 10am at the Centre. If you would like to attend, please call Sinead 028 302 67015 and register your details.

Carers Trust are down to the final two charities in the Co-op Charity of the Year. Last year, the Co-op raised more than £5 million for Chairty of the Year Mencap. Lets make this year about Carers Trust!

If you’re a member of the Co-op, click on the link, and cast your vote for Charity of the Year. Good News even if you’re not a Co-Op Member! Follow the link and join up today! Only takes 2 minutes, then you can cast your vote for Carers Trust!

Carers Trust Visit!
We are delighted to announce that the Chief Executive, Trustee and Director of Operations for the Carers Trust is to visit our centre on 1st November 2012 at 11.00 am. This is a massive endorsement for all the work that we do and we look forward to welcoing them not only to Northern Ireland but to our wee centre! We would extend a special invitation to all our friends and supporters to turn up on …
the day to greet them and tell them of your experiences of our centre. Well done to Paul for his work in getting them to visit! In preparation for the visit and for our forthcoming 25th anniversary celebrations we are having a “clear out and tidy up session” of the centre on Tuesday 30 October 2012 from 7.00pm. We would really like to have as much help on the night as possible so please please come and help- new visitors and carers are extremely welcome- if you havent been to our centre why not make a point of calling! Look forward to seeing you!
Flu jabs for Carers
As a carer, you can ill afford to get the flu because it would put the person you care for at risk and stop you from being able to look after them properly.
If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be put at risk if you fall ill, and/or you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance you should be offered a flu jab, according to government policy. This will be at your GP’s discretion depending on your need. You should explain your concerns for the welfare of the person you’re looking after if you should fall ill and your GP will decide whether you need a flu jab based on this information.
The following groups of people should also be offered a flu jab •Those aged 65 years and over. •Those aged six months or over who are in a clinical risk group. If you have health problems of your own, your GP should check to see if you fall into one of these groups. •Those living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where the infection could spread easily and put lives at risk (this doesn’t include prisons, young offender institutions or university halls of residence).
Many thanks to everyone who helped in anyway with our recent bagpack at Sainsburys. We raised a grand total of £492.32 plus 50.41 euros. Thanks to Sainsburys for their hospitality. It is worth noting that all funds raised in this way will go directly towards respite and activities for our carers and is not used towards our running costs. So we appeal to all our carers members- please come and help us at activities like this and help us to help you!New members and volunteers always welcome!



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