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Preparing for the future is often something people put off thinking about. This autumn sees Dorset County Council launch an adult social care campaign called ‘Prepare to live better‘.
The campaign aims to educate people about the changing landscape of social care and encourage them to make provisions and plans for their future care needs.
Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for Health and Care Jill Haynes said:
“Prepare to live better is all about encouraging people to stay active and keep as independent as possible.
“We naturally become more independent as we progress through life. But as we get older, it is even more important to stay independent.
“When it comes to adult social care we want to help people stay in their own home for longer. By thinking about the future and preparing for the costs of care, you can have more choice and control over the care you want.”
Eight-five per cent of people aged 51 to 75 have no plans for how they will pay for their care. One of the hardest things is knowing when to talk about care, but it’s never too early to have those conversations with family and friends.
In Dorset we have a high number of older people who are isolated and lonely. By coordinating the efforts of social care, health and other agencies, we are striving to help people remain happily independent in their own homes and able to make informed choices about their support needs.
Staff will be out and about over the next few months visiting towns across the county and talking to people about planning for their future. You can find out more about living better at dorsetforyou.gov.uk/livebetter
My Time – support for carers in the Blandford area
Are you looking after someone who wouldn’t manage without your help? Or would you like to help others by sharing your experience of having been a carer? If so, did you know that there is a drop-in session called My Time for you on the first Tuesday of every month?
It doesn’t matter who you care for – partner, parent, child, neighbour, sibling, neighbour or friend – anyone who has been, or currently is, caring for someone else is invited to these monthly My Time drop-ins. These take place at Blandford Community Centre on Heddington Drive which is easily accessible by bus or by car – the X8 service passes every half hour and there’s plenty of free parking.
You can come together or on your own. Either way you will be met with a warm welcome, a drink and cake, other carers and professionals who can help with advice and information about anything you might need some support with. Very often the questions that carers ask to are those that other carers have already found answers to, so you will find that friendly advice is freely shared!
All too often, carers report that they feel isolated and alone. The My Time drop-ins are intended to ensure that no-one in the Blandford area feels that they don’t know where they can get help or advice, or that they have no-one to support them as a carer.
For more details call the team at Blandford Centre on 01258 480762.
North & Mid Dorset CCG Community Health & Wellbeing Officer
c/o Sturminster Newton Medical Centre
Old Market Hill
Blandford Area Development Trust
Invitation to a Public Meeting Blandford Parish Centre
Friday 02 June 2017, 19:00 – 20:30
Community and civic groups, local government and business representatives are invited to attend a public meeting to be held in the Blandford Parish Centre (as above). The meeting will provide an update on progress so far and enable those attending to contribute to the formation of the Blandford Area Development Trust.
The trust would take the recently closed DT11 Forum Community Partnership onto the next level by providing a representative and independent focus to attract investment and grant funding into the Blandford area (the DT11 postcode). The trusts objectives will include support for businesses, training, start-up funding and young people, projects to promote the town and the DT11 area, and collaboration with and support for community, civic and leisure group actives and local government community initiatives. Significantly, it will also aim to provide an essential bridge between re-organised local government and the Blandford area community.
Please come along to contribute to the discussion and register your support.
RSVP to email@example.com if you are attending.
Co-founder with Alison Moore
Blandford Area Development Trust
mobile: 07793 048075
Come along to Stourpaine House 10:30 to 12:00 on Saturday 27 May 2017 for the Stourpaine Spring Fair.
For those who are driving, parking is in the Playing Field/Village Hall car park.
- Plants – Peter Palmer 453470
- Books – Barrie Waterman 450669 and Ted Atkinson 455778
- Tombola – Julie & Blue Dunk 07976 939585
- Raffle – Graham Kene 446466 and Anna Bogue 450746
- Cakes, Jams & Chutney – Fran Rough 45297 and Catherine Kene 446466
- Children’s stall – Judy Jakes 07957 607111 or 03301139805
- Silent Auction – Mike Warren 450649
- Bric-a-Brac – Jo Jakes 03301139805 and Barbara Thomson 454191
The event is hosted by by kind invitation of Simon and Annabel Elliot.
Stourpaine Annual Meeting
Thursday 11 May 2017 at 7 p.m.
Stourpaine Village Hall.
Guest Speakers: DCC Highways
- [perhaps the Durweston Bridge closure will be raised (bad pun)]
- Ask your Council anything else
Be advised that BT is now offering BT Infinity for Stourpaine. Five years on!
It has a 25% Welcome Discount, which I have checked applies even if you have “Unlimited Broadband” (not fibre) already.
We do have an alternative using wessexinternet (wireless): https://www.wessexinternet.com/superfast-home-broadband/?pp=content
wessexinternet offer VoIP (Vonage Phone), which could replace your BT (or other) landline.
The choice (at last) is there but you should consider, upload and download speeds, latency, tied services (Landline, current email provider) against the cost (or saving) for each service.