Did you know that the online shop Amazon has a charity friendly website that is practically a mirror image of ordinary Amazon? The website is called AmazonSmile and can be found using smile.amazon.co.uk.
AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.co.uk; the difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charity of your choice.
You will need to nominate your chosen Charity, just once, it would be lovely if you were to nominate Music for the Memory. If you use this link it should enable you to nominate us - https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1178578-0
When you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will donate to Music For The Memory. Support us every time you shop.
Claim power of attorney refund
You can get part of your application fee back if you applied to register a power of attorney from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017.
This applies to lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA).
You must claim your refund by 31 January 2021.
Who can claim a refund
You can make a claim if you’re:
the ‘donor’ - the person who made the power of attorney
an ‘attorney’ - appointed by the donor in an LPA or EPA to make decisions on their behalf
We are delighted to announce that we now have TWO Carers support groups starting in the next two months. The first group is starting on Thursday 17th of May and will then continue to run on the 3rd Thursday of every month 2pm-4pm. The second group is starting on Wednesday 6th June and will continue to run on the 1st Wednesday of the month 10am-12pm. Both groups will be held in the Tesco Hollington community room, Church Wood Drive, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 9RB. All carers welcome! We look forward to seeing you soon!
Home adaptions - who pays what?
There are many adaptations that can help you to continue living safely at home. Sometimes just a small adaptation can make a big difference. You can get support to decide what you need and you might be eligible for help with costs.
If you’ve been assessed as needing an adaptation or equipment that costs less than £1000 to buy and install, the local council must provide this free of charge.
If the adaptation costs more than £1000, you may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). The grant is means tested but you could get up to £30,000 in England.
Do you care for someone with dementia and worry they may go missing?
A new scheme to help find vulnerable missing people with dementia and related conditions is being adopted across Sussex.
During Dementia Action Week, which starts on Monday (21 May), Sussex Police and partner agencies are formally adopting the 'Herbert Protocol', giving carers, relatives or friends the ability to prepare, in advance, information that police will need quickly if ever their loved one goes missing.
With more than 850,000 people affected by dementia in the UK and numbers set to rise, Sussex Police have worked in partnership with the Alzheimers Society and Sussex Search and Rescue (SusSAR) to plan this scheme.
The Protocol, already adopted by several forces across the UK, is named after George Herbert from Norfolk, a veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia and repeatedly went missing from his care home.
It consists of a form that can be completed by relatives, friends or carers of those affected by dementia, recording vital information about the person including their regular medication, previous addresses and daily routines. Should the person they care for go missing, the form can be handed straight to the attending police officers, with a photograph.
This will help provide officers with the most up to date information about the vulnerable missing person, helping to accurately guide their search, and also avoid further unnecessary questions for families at what can be an extremely distressing time.
Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell said: "When a vulnerable person is reported missing it can be deeply distressing for their family and friends. Finding them quickly before they come to harm is critical. We know that people may find it difficult to recall information when they are worried and distressed, and having vital information to hand about regular routines and previous addresses, will help officers to act fast to locate the missing person, returning them home safely.
"This will be an extra resource for our priority task of safeguarding and protecting those most vulnerable in our communities."
The form once completed should be regularly updated and kept in a safe place, with a photo, where it can be easily located and handed to the attending officers should the person you care for go missing. To get the form and find out more, just visit here.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "With an ageing population increasing across our county, the need for the 'Herbert Protocol' has never been greater.
"As people live longer, they may also become increasingly vulnerable and this is no doubt made worse when they suffer from a debilitating disease like dementia.
"I am really pleased that Sussex Police have adopted this protocol as it will help everyone from the police to families and carers to be best prepared for an unanticipated emergency and help protect the more vulnerable in our society.“
If you are concerned for the whereabouts of a friend or relative, please dial 101. If you feel the person may be in immediate danger, please call 999 as soon as possible.
Sussex Police website for The Herbert Protocol https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/protect-yourself-and-others/missing-persons/herbert-protocol/
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