Flu and Covid-19 viruses can be life threatening and have the potential to increase pressures faced by the NHS this winter, particularly if infection waves from both viruses coincide. We are therefore encouraging all unpaid carers in Surrey to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination as a priority, not only to protect themselves and the people they care for, but to help reduce hospitalisations during a time that we expect will be especially busy for the NHS and social care.
How to get a Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher
Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Vouchers are available through all our Carers Support Services:
• Surrey County Council Adult Social Care
• Action for Carers Surrey
• Crossroads Care Surrey
• Surrey Independent Living Council
How to use the voucher
If you are an unpaid carer looking after someone who is elderly or disabled, you can ask for a flu jab at your GP practice or take a Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher to your nearest participating community pharmacy. The vouchers provide the assurance that you are known to carers services here in Surrey and are therefore entitled to a free vaccination.
Find out more about the Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher at Action for Carers Surrey: : www.actionforcarers.org.uk/flu
My name is Karen Holdsworth-Cannon and I am the new Project Coordinator looking into the feasibility of setting up a new Disability Register and Virtual Disability Hub for Surrey and North-East Hampshire bringing together the best of Surrey Coalition (SCDP) and Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC) and other partners.
The Virtual Disability Hub’s aim is to build a Virtual Community where everyone can bring a cuppa, biscuits and join others at a place where everyone knows your name and you belong. At the Hub you will be able to access Information, Services Available, Activities going on, Fun and a Sense of Community and Belonging!
The project will be Co-designed and Co-produced with YOU. Through May and June I will be meeting and chatting with people to collect your ideas and bring together volunteers to set up a formal Working Group.
What would you like to do – Tell me your ideas and suggestions?
- Joining that Choir to sing your heart out?
- Doing Foil Fencing to make it to the Para-Olympics in 2024?
- Doing a free online course in Computer Coding or Medieval History?
- Or just a good old chat with a cuppa tea and a slice of cake (my personal favourite!)
What would you have liked to have known how to have deal with at the beginning of the pandemic?
- How do I prepare?
- What are the top 10 things that I need to do?
- What sort of items do I need in my store cupboard?
The Virtual Disability Hub will hopefully come with a range of benefits for members and increase access to resources, such as free online learning, virtual theatre and music, scam awareness, crafts, reduced prices into venues.
If you would like to be part of the Working Group and help Co-produce and Co-design to Virtual Disability Hub or if you have any immediate suggestions, please text or telephone 07534 521878 or email, Karen.Holdsworth-Cannon@surreycoalition.org.uk
I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Karen
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