The CMF Dorchester Group held a successful cream tea fund-raising event at the The Old Teahouse in High West Street, with the kind support of owners Debbie and Derek Dalley.
Bournemouth Lions chairman Barrie Haynes tempted customers into the tea rooms by welcoming them dressed in his Lions costume. “I am very grateful to Debbie and Derek - their help with this event was invaluable. They offered a warm and friendly welcome as well as a delicious tea,’ said CMF founder Enid Evans.
Carers Moving Forward offers friendship and support for people whose cared for person has had to go into emergency, short-term or full-time residential care. The Bournemouth and Poole group meets on the third Wednesday of the month at St Ambrose Cottage Carers’ Centre, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, (next to Christ Church) from 10.30am – 12.30pm.
The Dorchester Group meets on the third Monday of the month at Age UK’s Rowan Cottage, in Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, followed by an optional light lunch.
Everyone is welcome to go along to either group or to find out more email email@example.com or telephone the charity Help & Care on 0300 111 3303.
Carers Moving Forward (CMF), the support group for people whose loved-ones have had to go into residential care, is to expand the service it offers to include those who have suffered a bereavement.
It currently has members from Dorchester, Weymouth and surrounding areas and is also expanding geographically by opening a second group in Bournemouth in the autumn.
Founder Enid Evans, says, ‘Several of our members have had to cope with the death of their loved one since the group started in Dorchester last September.
‘They all feel they have benefited from the information, friendship, support and social activities that we are providing. It’s important that we continue to offer our help to them when the person they have cared for, often for a very long time, dies.’
The CMF group meets on the third Monday of the month at Age UK, Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, DT1 1PQ from 10am to noon. The next meeting will be on May 18. Everyone is welcome.
Normally, there is speaker – in April it was Louise Bate, representing Healthwatch Dorset, the new consumer champion for health and social care services. Future speakers will talk on subjects ranging from the new Care Act to a humorous but very informative talk on road safety.
In April, members took a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour at the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth and later in May will be visiting Compton Acres gardens in Poole. Events are planned according to members’ wishes.
They also enjoy a monthly Sunday lunch. ‘The social side of our group is just as important as the monthly meeting for people who suddenly find themselves alone,’ said Edith. ‘They relax and really enjoy themselves.’
Details of the Bournemouth CMF group will be announced later. ‘We have proved the need for such a group in Dorchester and surrounding areas and I am really delighted that we shall soon be able to help carers in the east of the county,’ said Enid.
To find out more information about CMF, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the charity Help & Care on 0300 111 3303.
The Carers Moving Forward group enjoyed a fascinating discovery trip to the RNLI College in Poole, the home of training for the charity's life-savers.
Overlooking Poole Harbour the college welcomes lifeboat crew members and lifeguards from around the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
During their training they can make use of the state of the art facilities – including a lifeboat bridge simulator and sea survival pool, where they learn how to survive when a vessel capsizes, among many other skills.
A very enjoyable and informative visit ended with lunch in the college restaurant.