U.K Football Clubs to Offer NHS Staff 100,000 Free Tickets

Yesterday, people across the U.K took to the streets (from their windows, doorsteps and balconies) to clap the NHS and caring staff that are working on the frontline to manage the corona virus outbreak.

And the appreciation of our wonderful health service continues as Brighton and Hove Albion kick off a campaign to gift 100,000 tickets to NHS staff, in recognition of the wonderful and brave work they do.

The UK football season, from The Premier League to amateur leagues across the country, is currently on a hiatus as measures are implemented to “flatten the curve”. For many, the first thing they’re looking forward to is getting back to the football on a weekend and enjoying the community spirit that brings. And in a positive signal of intent, NHS staff will be some of the first people back on the terraces if this ticket initiative is anything to go by.

Paul Barber, the Brighton chief executive said: “If each of the 92 clubs committed on average one thousand tickets, with The FA donating for a future England international and Scottish Premier League and Irish League clubs also contributing, we could easily top 100,000 tickets for these heroes. We are seeing some brilliant initiatives from clubs all over the world, and I am hopeful that there is more to come from the football family.

“Of course the biggest support we can all show our NHS heroes is by following that crucial government advice on social distancing, self-isolating, hand hygiene and using tissues to catch, kill and bin coughs and sneezes.”

So far Bournmouth FC have taken on the campaign and announced they will donate 1000 tickets to NHS staff, so now the imputes is on some of the larger clubs (no disrespect to Brighton and Bournmouth) to accept the challenge and give away some of their tickets for when the season resumes.

The #ClapForOurCarers Campaign aims to spread positivity and celebrate our NHS

Currently, the global conversation is solely focussed on COVID-19 and the wide-ranging consequences to all aspects of our daily lives. It can be difficult to focus on what’s important with the sheer amount of news hitting our screens every minute of every day. Some are scaremongering, some are irrelevant, some are clickbait and some are genuinely useful to know.

But in the spirit of positivity, we at The Carer’s Federation have decided to unearth some of the positive news stories emerging to share with you. Enjoy them. Share them with your friends and family. And remember to follow official advice the UK government regarding our individual responsibilities to help slow the spread.

We start with the #clapforourcarers campaign – a rousing idea to support NHS staff up and down the country who are putting themselves on the front line, and under increased pressure, to deal with the Coronavirus patients and general public.

The campaign is asking for as many people as possible to clap their hands together on Thursday 26 March at 8pm to thank all doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and other NHS staff working hard to help those affected by the coronavirus. Other countries in Europe, such as France, Spain and Italy have been doing this on a regular basis but as the U.K comes to terms with the current measures set in place by the U.K government to contain Coronavirus, the public finds new and inventive ways to spread positivity.

The campaign website states: “It’s to get everyone to clap for everyone that works in the frontline, doctors, nurses doctors, pharmacists and EVERYONE related at the frontline.”

For more information on the campaign you can visit www.clapforourcarers.co.uk. Check back on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for more positive news story blogs over the next few weeks.

Carers Federation COVID-19 Update

The Carers Federation is committed to the safety and wellbeing of its clients, staff and the general public. This applies especially during the current outbreak of the Coronavirus, which some of you may know as COVID-19.

We regret that we have to follow Government advice and are suspending all but essential activity at our Nottingham and Gateshead offices. Our staff are working from home where possible and are all taking the steps necessary to limit the transmission of the virus.

We are staying up to date with the latest regulation and recommendations regarding the ongoing pandemic and as such, will review the situation daily. If you have any general enquires we ask that you email us rather than call. If you don’t know which department to email, please contact info@carersfederation.co.uk

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Our service users can find specific contact details for support on the Our Centre page of the website

In the current circumstances and with Carers Federation not staffing our office, service users and their families who wish to contact us urgently can do so by:

Phoning and leaving a message on the office phone 0115 9629310. We will regularly pick up messages and pass them to appropriate staff.

Emailing info@carersfederation.co.uk – we will check this account daily.

If you or your family receive support from AYC you can contact the following staff on their mobiles:

Roz Lynch 07739237147
Sarah Camplin 07852354037
Becky Sayer 07739237443
Donna Powell 07720084304
Kate Hill 07852358823
Charmaine McCarthy 07852357099
Natalie Knight 07889088279

If you are a volunteer and wish to speak with Naomi her number is 07841067098

For any users of our counselling service who require additional support they can call Rob on 07793525831.

For all the above numbers, if not answered please leave a message and we will get back to you.

Take care and best wishes

Nottinghamshire County Council – Suicide Intervention Accredited Courses to Third Sector front line staff

Nottinghamshire County Council have commissioned Harmless to deliver full-day Suicide Intervention accredited courses to third sector front line staff who work with adults (18+) who are vulnerable to suicide risk.

You can now pay online!!

Great News! We now take payment for our courses online. Our aim is simply to become more financially self-reliant so that we can support our teams to continue doing the great the work they are doing in our communities, without having to rely solely on government funding. Do you want to help us do that? Follow us now on social media and have a look at the list of courses we have on offer and the course currently under development. https://www.carersfederation.co.uk/services/e-learning/

Carers Federation Sign The Time to Change Employers Pledge

Demonstrating our commitment and support to employees facing mental health problems

First day of Sukkot in the United Kingdom

Sukkot, also called the Feast of Tabernacles and the Feast of the Ingathering, is a Jewish festival celebrated in September or October. It is considered the most joyous festival of the year.

Sukkot in the Jewish Calendar
Sukkot begins five days after Yom Kippur, on the 15th day of Tishrei, which is the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. The first day of Sukkot falls in September or October in the Gregorian calendar.
Is the First Day of Sukkot a Public Holiday?
None of the days of Sukkot are bank holidays in the United Kingdom. However, Jewish businesses, organizations, and schools may be closed.

The Sukkah: Living in a Hut

One of the central customs during Sukkot is to dwell in a sukkah, a temporary hut topped with branches. Jewish people are expected not to consume any food or drink outside of the sukkah during the festival period, and some also spend the nights there.

The Four Kinds
Each day of the Sukkot period, with the exception of the Sabbath, involves the ritual of the Four Kinds or Four Species. In the ritual, a blessing is recited while holding 4 types of plants: lulav (a green, closed frond of a date palm tree), hadass (twigs and leaves from a myrtle tree), aravah (twigs and leaves from a willow tree), and etrog (a lemon-like fruit of the citron tree). In Jewish culture, each plant symbolizes a different type of Jew, categorized by their level of Torah knowledge and adherence. During the ritual, the plants are ceremoniously brought together to symbolize Jewish unity and waved in six directions: south, north, east, up, down, and west.

First Two Days Are Yom Tov
In the UK and all other countries outside of Israel, the first 2 days of Sukkot are considered Yom Tov, when it is forbidden to work and a range of restrictions apply. A typical meal on these days includes challah bread dipped in honey. In the evenings, candles are ceremoniously lit.
Following the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, two further Yom Tov are celebrated: Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. On these days, Jewish people may still use the sukkah but they are not expected to carry out the ritual of the Four Kinds.
In the UK and all other countries except Israel, Shemini Atzeret falls on the 8th day after the beginning of Sukkot and Simchat Torah occurs on the 9th day. In Israel, both fall on the 8th day.

Why Is Sukkot Celebrated?
Sukkot is both an agricultural festival marking the end of the harvest in Israel and a religious observance commemorating God’s protection of the Israelites during their escape from Egypt. As a celebration of God’s love, it is considered the most joyous festival of the Jewish year.
The story of Sukkot

Who Celebrates Sukkot in the UK?

The United Kingdom is estimated to have the 5th largest Jewish population in the world, with just under 300,000 people practicing the Jewish faith in the country. By far the largest British Jewish community is found in London, followed by those in Manchester and Leeds.

History of Jews in the UK
Jewish settlement in England can be traced as far back as the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Jewish community outnumbered the Spanish and Portuguese communities in England by the 18th century.
Many Jewish families in Eastern Europe moved to England to escape persecution and hardship between 1881 and 1914. About 150,000 Jewish people settled in England, with large numbers staying at London’s East End during that time. England continued to receive Jewish immigrants escaping persecution around the time of World War II (1939-1945).

About First day of Sukkot in other countries
Read more about First day of Sukkot.

World Mental Health Pledge

To celebrate World Mental Health Day we are very excited to announce that on 21st November our Chair of Trustees will be signing the Time to Change pledge.

Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.

At Carers Federation we consider ourselves to be very flexible and supportive to our employees and now want to take this to another level. Our Board wants to  demonstrate its continued commitment to creating a culture and workforce where mental health is everyone’s business.

Nottingham City Council – Bystander Awareness Training from Communities Inc

This event is being hosted In response to requests from people wanting to know how to respond if a Hate Crime.

Please email community.cohesion@nottinghamcity.gov.uk to book your place.