THE WOLFPACK PROJECT

The Wolfpack Project are Nottingham’s only youth organisation dedicated to reducing loneliness and promoting positive mental health among people aged 16-35. 

Through a combination of one to one support, social groups, events, and more, we aim to create support networks and build communities between isolated young people.

Run by Nottingham locals who have had personal experience with loneliness and isolation in their lives, we are passionate about providing safe and welcoming spaces to all young people, regardless of background or circumstance. 

Visit them on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewolfpackprojectuk Website: thewolfpackproject.org.uk

MONEY SAVING ADVICE

Shared to you from Right Track Social Enterprise

This guide is to let you know about some money saving tips, and support if you need it. Developed to help you, always seek professional advice when looking at your finances.

This guide was accurate at the time of distribution, offers and information can change so please check and keep yourself informed to help you save money

To keep informed in Nottingham visit:

www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk

www.mynottinghamnews.co.uk

Alternatively visit Right Track Social Enterprise’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Right-Track-Social-Enterprise-237046854944498https://www.facebook.com/Right-Track-Social-Enterprise-237046854944498

MIND OF MY OWN APP

We wanted to remind you that we have an app for young carers to communicate with us.

We knew it wasn’t always easy for young carers to communicate with their support worker, either to share good news or report something bad to us. So we took action and now we’ve made it easier than ever. The One app will help you to tell us what you are thinking / feeling – good or bad, in a way that suits you. It is an easy fun way for you to communicate directly with your support worker. You can send views, wishes and feelings any time you want, 24/7 on any device.

For more information click here: https://aycnottingham.co.uk/mind-of-my-own-app/ You can find the app by searching “mind of my own” on your android/apple phone’s app store

Webinar launching the new draft Carers Strategy and consultation

Webinar launching the new draft Carers Strategy and consultation – Wednesday 13th April 2022 from 2.00pm to 3.00 pm on Zoom

Nottingham City Council are excited to announce the development of an all age, city and county draft Carers Strategy which sets out how they will ensure all local unpaid carers can access the support they need, regardless of where they live in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It’s fantastic to now be able to share this with a wider audience and begin conversations with carers, local groups and those supporting carers about the strategy which has been co-produced with carers with lived experience and in partnership with both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council’s, and local health partners.

Alongside the draft Carers Strategy, Nottingham City Council are also launching a six week consultation that seeks the views of carers, their families and those supporting carers on our proposals as outlined in the draft strategy document. The consultation is being hosted by Nottinghamshire County Council’s website, on behalf of the City, County, and NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG. The consultation will be open from Monday 4th April 2022 to Monday 16th May 2022.

The link to the consultation is: https://consult.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/adult-social-care-and-health/2449917b/

The draft Carers Strategy document is available here: https://consult.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/adult-social-care-and-health/2449917b/user_uploads/draftcarersstrategy2022-2027.pdf

They will be holding a webinar on Wednesday 13th April 2022 from 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm where people can find out more about the strategy and consultation process from carers and partners.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84847730121

Meeting ID: 848 4773 0121

There is no need to book a place. A BSL interpreter will be available as part of webinar

FREE ONLINE BOXING AND MINDFULNESS SESSIONS

Mindful Peak Performance are offering Free Online Boxing and Mindfulness Sessions each week, specifically for young carers (6 to 12 and 13 to 18 years old).

These sessions are carried out via Zoom and young carers from everywhere in the UK are welcome to join. The aim is to give Young Carers a fun way to become more physically and mentally fit by promoting mental wellbeing and help you to cope with challenging circumstances, through this combination of guided meditation and physical exercise.

Please click the link below to view the details, and registration form on their website if you would like to take part https://www.mindfulpeakperformance.com/community

Action for Young Carers are not directly involved in organising any of the sessions. Young carers/families must contact Mindful Peak Performance directly with any questions or interest. 

Help is available for those struggling with energy bills

Help is available for those struggling with energy billsThis week, I was shocked when I opened my energy bill to see how much the prices have already increased. I know the rising costs of bills will be a worry for many residents of the city, so I want to reassure you that support is available for those who need it. In Nottingham, we have been taking action against fuel poverty for many years and investing in domestic energy efficiency improvements to help residents heat and power their homes for less. Throughout the city, we’ve been installing measures such as solar panels and insulation on homes for free. The Government-funded Local Authority Delivery scheme is open for applications, and homeowners who have a household income of less than £30,000 per year and live in a home that’s hard to keep warm can apply. To find out more about making energy efficiency improvements to your home, contact the team on 0115 6667 298 or email customersupport@nottinghamcity.gov.uk. You can also get assistance with paying your energy bills through a variety of means. To find the support that’s on offer, visit the Ask Lion page here. Advice is also available from local charity partners Nottingham Energy PartnershipNottingham & Nottinghamshire Age UK, and Energy Saving Trust, so visit their websites to see how they can help you.

Get involved in the city’s journey to carbon neutrality

Becoming a carbon neutral city will impact everyone in Nottingham, so we’re committed to including the opinions of as many people as possible to help us shape our plan. There are currently several ways you can get involved.

The first is by attending a 1.5-hour focus group that we’re running with the help of Nottingham Trent University. In these online sessions, you’ll be invited to share your views on Nottingham and climate change. It doesn’t matter how involved you’ve been in climate action work in the past, anything you care about is interesting to us. There are a few slots available for the sessions which run until the end of March, so book your place now.

You can also send us your ideas for making Nottingham a more sustainable city using our online Nottingham Climate Action Map. Leaving a suggestion just takes a few minutes, so tell us the changes you’d like to see in your community to help fight climate change.

The county-wide Notts Green Rewards app is a great way to track the difference you’re making in your everyday life. It has a range of activities and tips that you can try to live a greener lifestyle. By using the app to report your actions, you can even win prizes every month. Sign up for free and start earning your Green Points.

Get involved in the city’s journey to carbon neutrality

More Nottingham homes become super energy efficient

 More Nottingham homes become super energy efficientA project to make council homes in Sneinton super energy saving has been completed. 12 formerly hard-to-heat council homes – five houses and seven bungalows – on Keswick Street in Sneinton have been transformed into ultra-low energy homes using the ground-breaking Energiesprong approach. The improvements to homes include new: Energy-efficient heating and hot water systems Super-insulated wall panels Doors and windows Super-insulated roof structures on the bungalows The installation of solar panels. The Energiesprong approach has been proved to be a highly effective way of tackling old and cold council housing. Older housing can account for a large proportion of carbon emissions, so projects such as this help towards Nottingham’s ambitions to become a carbon neutral city by 2028. The works have been delivered by Nottingham City Homes and Melius Homes, and the project recently won Best Large Retrofit Project of the Year at the UK Retrofit Academy Awards. Find out more about the project


YOUNG CARERS ACTION DAY 2022

Join us and get involved on 16 March 2022 for Young Carers Action Day.

What is Young Carers Action Day?

Young Carers Action Day is an annual event, organised each year by Carers Trust. It’s a day for raising public awareness of young carers and young adult carers, the pressures and challenges they face, and the incredible contribution they make by caring for their family members and friends. It is also a day to call for more action to support young and young adult carers and give them the extra bit of help they need to live full and healthy lives.

This years theme is Taking Action on Isolation.

Carers wanted this year’s Young Carers Action Day to be all about securing action to help address the isolation they experience as young and young adult carers. They highlighted how having the right support in place – such as regular short breaks from caring – can be really beneficial, giving them a better chance of succeeding in all parts of their lives. As well as celebrating all the good practice taking place to provide access to support and services that helps prevent isolation among young and young adult carers.

The Healthy Housing Service

Are you concerned about rising energy costs?

Are you a carer or a friend/family of a carer in Nottingham?

We’ve teamed up with the Healthy Housing Service to support carers in fighting fuel poverty. Together, we can help with:

🏠 Free loft & cavity wall insulation

👷🏼 Free and subsidised boiler replacement

⛽ Fuel vouchers

🍝 Food bank vouchers

💡 Individual energy switching advice

⚡ Priority services register (help in the event of a powercut)

Please get in touch via our contact page if you need support, or to find out if you’re eligible: https://aycnottingham.co.uk/contact/

The Healthy Housing Service is funded by Public Health within Nottinghamshire County Council and My Nottingham and Queen’s Award winning charity Nottingham Energy Partnership.

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

7 – 13 February 2022

“Growing together” Is the theme for 2022 Children’s Mental Health Week. Place2Be is encouraging children and adults to consider how they have grown, what they need to help grow and how they develop healthy relationships.
Emotional and mental growth is vital to better mental health

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR FOOD AND HEATING

ITS BACK AGAIN…Extra financial support for food and heating this winter!

Nottingham City Council are pleased to announce that they are extending the scheme they offered in December to provide extra financial support for food and heating this winter. People who receive Council Tax Support can apply for:

Supermarket e-vouchers (one £50 voucher) Energy bill e-vouchers (two £49 vouchers worth £98)

The City Council has secured the funds from the Government’s Household Support Grant. As in December, there are a limited number of supermarket and energy bill e-vouchers that will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. People who successfully applied for a £49 energy voucher in December will automatically get another £49 voucher in this round of applications and need not apply again. People who received the supermarket vouchers in December are welcome to apply again this time.

The Household Support Grant is a welcome relief. No one in Nottingham should have to choose between heating and eating. These e-vouchers will help Nottingham residents and families to keep the heating on and put food on their tables.

Click here to find out more: www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/HouseholdSupportVouchers