Category Archives: Arthritis

‘Relaxing’ group offers carers ‘escapism from isolation’

Art as therapy and relaxation

By Grimsby Telegraph

Brushing up: Pictured during the art class at the Carers’ Support Centre, in Town Hall Square, Grimsby, are, from left, Rachael Williamson, art group facilitator, Mary Hoyles, carer, Hannah Salah, support development worker, and Christine Anderson, carer. Picture: Rick Byrne

PEOPLE who care for loved ones with long-term illnesses have turned to art as a way of escaping their day-to-day pressures.

Providing round-the-clock care for a relative suffering with conditions like Alzheimer’s can often lead to the carer becoming isolated and ignoring their own needs.

In a bid to tackle carer loneliness and stresses, a “relaxing” art group based in Grimsby encourages the sometimes under-pressure carers to forget their worries and immerse themselves in art.
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Carer treated with nothing but contempt and it’s just so unfair

Anna Ferdinando given two weeks to leave her grandmother’s two-bed house in Hill Road

A mother and her seven-month-old son are being evicted from their home by Haringey Borough Council because she did not claim benefits.

Anna Ferdinando, of Hill Road, Muswell Hill, and her son Arthur are being forced to leave her late grandmother Helene McPhillips’ council house because she did not claim Carer’s Allowance.

Fighting in High court for Care

Disabled pensioner set for High Court battle with council over One Barnet scheme

Campaigner Maria Nash outside Barnet House in Whetstone. Picture: Polly Hancock. Campaigner Maria Nash outside Barnet House in Whetstone. Picture: Polly Hancock.

by Tim Lamden Monday, March 18, 2013
7:00 AM

A disabled pensioner is preparing for a High Court battle with Barnet Council this week in a bid to topple its controversial £320million outsourcing plans.

Lawyers instructed by New Barnet resident Maria Nash, 68, will go head-to-head with the council’s legal team in the Royal Courts of Justice tomorrow for a three-day hearing challenging the legality of the One Barnet outsourcing scheme.

Ms Nash, who has received government aid to fund the legal bid, called for the judicial review, citing a lack of consultation about the plans to outsource a swathe of council services to two private companies.

She also insists the council has failed to meet equality obligations in relation to the plans, which attracted a petition with 8,000 signatures in January calling for a referendum on One Barnet.

In a cabinet meeting last month it was revealed that should the High Court rule in favour of Ms Nash, it would cost the council £15million annually to deal with the collapse of One Barnet and would force a re-think on plans to freeze council tax over the next two years.

“This is a warning to everybody else that there is a better way of doing things,” said Ms Nash. “If a council consults with residents they can give more insight on how better to spend money and how better to cater for the needs of the citizens – much better than a private company which only caters for profit.”

Ms Nash is confined to a wheelchair due to severe arthritis and requires a full-time carer to help her with daily life. She also suffers from osteoporosis and diabetes.

The mother-of-one, whose husband died in 2001 after contracting a hospital bug and who lost her 13-year-old daughter to meningitis in 1992, has an autistic son she also helps to care for.

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