Category Archives: News

May Carer News Updates 2022

The latest edition of my online carer, mental health and ethnic mental health news is out for May.

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May 2022 Carer News

For the May edition we have

Lewisham Council Unpaid Carers Pre-Consultation – Video from Lewisham council showing consultation with carers and voluntary groups on what will help carers.

The Health and Care Act: six key questions – The Kings Fund answers 6 key questions on the Health and Care act, which should be vital reading for unpaid carers and those who engage with them.

NHS England: Dementia – Department of Health and Social Care written question – Response from the government regarding NHS progress for dementia care. Keep an eye for other written questions from the online newsletter.

Write to your MP this Carers Week calling for a Recovery and Respite Plan for unpaid carers – Excellent template for carers to write to their MP.

Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups – Department of Health and Social Care written question – Government response to the Patient Carer Race Equality Framework.


April Carer News Updates 2022

The latest edition of my online carer, mental health and ethnic mental health news is out for April.

Click below to view latest carer news for April

April 2022 Carer news

For April edition we have

Sarah Spoor – Cost of Living Crisis on carers – Interview on how the cost of living is affecting unpaid carers across the UK.

Carers and individuals accessing social care services urged to ‘submit evidence’ to House of Lords committee – Shropshire Council and many other councils are urging carers as well as individuals who use social care services to take part in the House of Lords inquiry ‘Lifting the veil: Removing the invisibility of adult social care’.

Why mental healthcare is less accessible to marginalized communities – News piece from the US on the problem of mental healthcare when it comes to marginalized communities.

Unpaid UK carers 4.5% worse off as cost of living erodes benefits value – Warnings of cost-of-caring crisis as state allowance is cut by £170 a year in real terms


March Carer News Updates 2022

The latest edition of my online carer, mental health and ethnic mental health news is out for March.

Click below to view latest carer news for March

March 2022 Carer news

For March edition we have

Young Carers Action Day – Carers Trust – Animated video promoting Young carers action day.

Carers UK welcomes Government amendment to Health and Care Bill to retain rights of unpaid carers – Carers UK welcomed an amendment to the Health and Care Bill which was passed in the Commons having been brought forward by the Government.

Young Carers Action Day – How can you support young carers? – Young carer’s awareness blog by Laura – NHS England Health Champion

Mental Health, Race, Addiction and how they’re shown on TV (with Dr. Akeem Sule) – Dr Sule discusses about the exploration of syndemics and addiction and explores how portrayals of mental illness.

As usual I have news updates from CQC, RCGP, news info on mental health NHS trusts and more.

You can learn about the above and more by clicking on the link below.


February Carer News Updates 2022

The latest edition of my online carer, mental health and ethnic mental health news is out for February.



For this month’s edition we have

How Carers Can Face A ‘Tsumani Of Loneliness – Lorraine – Interview about how carers battle loneliness

Unpaid carers continue to suffer poorer health- with some groups adversely affected – Carers UK – Carers UK’s report into how specific groups of carers have their health affected, which I was honoured to contribute

MP Caroline Ansell joins group to support carers’ rights – MP Caroline Ansell joins the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for carers, which has been rebooted by Dame Caroline Dinenage.

One week in… – Carers Trust – Carers Trust’s new CEO Kirsty McHugh writes a blog on what she has learned so far regarding unpaid carers. She also talks about Carers Trust recent survey, which I have also included in my newsletter.

Radical action needed to tackle racial health inequality in NHS, says damning report – Report on what is needed to tackle “overwhelming” minority ethnic health inequalities in the NHS.

I also have news updates from CQC’s response to new chair, Liberal Democrats carer campaigns, Joint Committee meeting on Human Rights and mental health, Black Health Matters – Psychosis, Therapy and Black Communities discussion and many more.

You can learn about the above and more by clicking on the link below.

February Carer news

Carers are now entitled to free flu jabs

If you are caring for someone in the UK it is very important you look after your own health.  After all if you fall ill, who will continue to provide care for your loved one.


Winter is on its way and although older adults and young children get the free flue vaccine, it is of good news that carers have been added to the list.

As a carer, you are entitled to a free flu vaccination. Contact your GP surgery now to book. For support, contact Carers Trust on 0844 800 4361 or
quoting reference flufighter.

I have attached two PDFs to help carers view more about what is required to get the flu vaccine.

2014 – flu jab           CARERS FAQS A4 2PP LEAFLET

Mental health scheme to help Lewisham’s pupils ‘before they fall’

A new mental health project will help school pupils in London to deal with their problems and worries after receiving a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s £75m HeadStart programme.

The development funding means that pupils in Lewisham will take part in a pilot project in the new school year. The local partnership will use this pilot to work up long term plans that could benefit from a multi-million pound share of HeadStart funding.

 A previous YouGov survey for the Big Lottery Fundrevealed that 45 per cent of children aged 10-14 have reported being unable to sleep because of stress or worry, with fifty nine per cent saying they feel worried or sad at least once a week. However, only around 25 per cent of young people needing treatment for mental health problems actually receive it and usually only once they reach 18[1].

The HeadStart programme aims to develop ways of dealing with mental health issues before they become deep-rooted problems. Focussing primarily on schools, the HeadStart partners will offer a range of approaches, including peer mentoring, mental health ‘first aid’ training, online portals and special resilience lessons helping pupils aged 10-14 feel they have support at in the classroom as well as at home and tackling the stigma that can often surround the issues of mental health.

Lyn Cole, Deputy England Director of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “We know that around three young people in every classroom suffer from a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder and this is a desperately sad situation. HeadStart is all about catching our young people before they fall into a trap of mental and emotional turmoil that may affect them all though their lives. This development funding means that children in Lewisham will play an important role in helping other young people get emotional support at a key stage in their lives.”

Councillor Paul Maslin, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Lewisham Council, said: “We are very excited to be part of this pilot project. Making the journey from teenager to adulthood is an important stage in young people’s lives and some will find it easier than others. So it’s important that where we can, we build mental and emotional resilience in those young people who may find the journey more difficult. I look forward to seeing the results of this project and how the involvement of young people in Lewisham has contributed to this important initiative.”

For more information about HeadStart you can contact Healthwatch Lewisham at or