Events and training Carers Lunch and Talk Recent meetings: 18th December 2019 Our guest speaker was Karen Prouton from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust who gave a talk on mindfulness. You can see her presentation here. 15th January 2020 Our guest speaker was Karen Ashbolt, Community Lead for Dietetics/SLT at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust who gave a talk about managing your own health as a carer, what to eat and what to avoid to stay well. Her presentation can be viewed here. You can also see a short presentation on cancer here. The Southampton Healthwatch survey on local cancer services is here. Planned meetings: 12th February Looking after the health of your 'cared for' and encouraging their participation in routine health screening. How to spot signs of cancer and supporting your 'cared for' to be vigilant. Citizens Advice Helpdesk 18th March Age UK Helpdesk 22nd April 13th May 10th June 8th July 12th August 16th September 14th October 18th November 9th December Further information Our Carers Lunch is a collaboration between Southampton Mencap and Carers in Southampton. It takes place monthly on a Wednesday at The Victory Centre, 154-158 Portswood Road SO17 2NH. Parking may be found at Westridge Road Car Park and costs 50p for 3 hrs. There is NO parking available at the office of Southampton Mencap or Carers in Southampton due to the Cafe Down the Lane need for customer parking. We invite speakers on relevant topics to talk from 12-1pm and this is followed by a free light lunch of sandwiches and treats from 1-2pm. Staff from Carers in Southampton and Southampton Mencap attend the lunch and are available to answer any questions you may have via our Information Desk. We ask that you tell us if you plan to attend, by phoning us on 023 8058 2387 or emailing us at [email protected]. Who can attend our Carers Lunch? Any adult who gives up their time, unpaid, to look after someone who needs additional support, such as a family member, a friend, or a neighbour. You must be resident in a Southampton city postcode or looking after someone who lives in a Southampton city postcode. Anyone who does not book their place in advance risks being turned away due to numbers (for fire regulations and catering). We suggest that bring your own a cup or water flask. Please tell us any dietary requirements when booking, even if you are a regular attendee! Please do not arrive before 11.45am.