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<t>Helen - I forgot to mention the wonderful help we got from the local branch of Crossroads when I was a full-time carer for Dad. For the last six months Dad was at home before his final hospital admission, they sent a lady round for three hours every Wednesday afternoon and I was able to get out a...
<t>Hi Helen<br/> <br/> I live in Telford and Wrekin which is within the county of Shropshire but is a unitary authority in its own right, so social services is part of T&W local authority, not Shropshire. Anyway, I was a full-time carer for my elderly father for 18 months from January 2007 to Ju...
<t>Sue<br/> <br/> Sorry, I should have added that your adding your own secret ingredient to the Christmas cake is a good example of continuity / change in action at the same time - your're doing somethng your Mam would have done, but taking the tradition forward in your own way and I bet your Mam wo...
<t>I think you just have to go with what feels right when it comes to occasions like Christmas which are coming round for the first time since the loss of a loved one. The first Christmas without Dad (2008) I couldn't face the thought of putting up decorations - this was something we had always done...
"The welfare system is heartless, utterly mechanical, and incredibly unfair."

That just about sums up my feeling on the subject!
That's a great saying, Charles, and very true!
<t>When I was forced onto JSA after my Carers Allowance was stopped during Dad's final illness just over two years ago I was less than impressed by the "help" I received from the local JobCentre - an example being when they told me that no particular consideration was given to former carers, who wer...
<t>"It's all so easy for the people/relatives who 'care' from a distance - they know nothing about trust, love or caring"<br/> <br/> Sorry, Caring_Mind, I can't agree with you on that one. In fact, the people that Kathleen describes lived some distance away from her friend, but they surely aren't/we...
<t>The thing is, all this talk of possible cuts to benefits and services, coupled with the possibility of a demand for a large amount of unpaid tax dropping on the doormat (few of us know if we are among the unfortunate people who have unwittingly underpaid), must be causing an untold amount of stre...
<t>Thanks, Rosemary, I am really glad I did it.<br/> <br/> I had another good experience this morning: I attended a volunteer information session for the Workers' Education Association in a local community centre and found it really interesting, inspiring even. It was centred on reguar volunteering ...