Jigsaw News for Carers
Jigsaw News for Carers

Jigsaw News for Carers

26th April 2021 edition

Welcome to our digest of news and information from a variety of organisations (both local to Worcestershire and national) which we think may be of interest to you. Please let us know if you have other info that you think our group of carers would find useful, and we can spread the word.

Note: Click on the black triangle to find out more about each news section. (This will then expand the expand the section revealing more information.)


First and foremost, we would like to thank Hazel for working with the Waitrose Community Manager in Malvern to help raise £333 from their customers for Jigsaw. 🙏🏻

It will help us run the group for even longer and attract more members who can benefit from what we try and do.

Our Next Meeting



Will from the Bipolar UK Worcester Support Group joined us for our March 2021 meeting and his talk was very well received.

If you couldn't join us, here are his slides:

Their meetings are currently online via Zoom. Find out more: https://www.bipolaruk.org/worcester-support-group

Link Nurseries


Link Nurseries in Powick is a community-focused horticultural centre providing therapeutic services for people recovering from mental ill health along with plant and produce sales.

Find out more (+ video)...

Check their website at http://www.wcg.ac.uk/linknurseries for the opening hours whilst social distancing is in place.

You can also check out their Facebook page for latest news and photos: https://www.facebook.com/LinkNurseries/

Or contact them at: linknurseries@warwickshire.ac.uk / 01905 831881

Link Nurseries, Hamilton Close, off Hospital Lane, Powick, Worcestershire, WR2 4NH

Follow signs from Malvern Road/A449, 1 mile from Powick island. 📌 MAP.

Penderels Trust


Penderels Trust is working in partnership with Worcestershire County Council to support adults and children who receive a direct payment in the area to get the most out of their care money and to achieve their goals. 

Find out more...

Their support includes:

  • Support when recruiting a personal assistant
  • Guidance on all aspects of being a good employer including legal obligations and responsibilities
  • Support with choosing and using a care agency
  • Help with money management and keeping accurate records
  • Payroll services
  • Managed accounts
  • Appointeeships

This is a lot more useful information on their website at: https://www.penderelstrust.org.uk/worcestershire.php

Worcestershire Care Services Directory


We will let you know when we get the 2020/21 edition, but most of the information is still relevant. You can view the PDF by clicking here.

Community Mental Health Transformation Programme

From the Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub: "As promised at our last network meeting, here are some links to information about the pilot project in Herefordshire and Worcestershire that aims to improve community mental health care." - https://mailchi.mp/f472f5e045fc/community-mental-health-transformation-programme?e=68361ce08e "

Further Network Meetings:

Weds 16th June 2021 9.30 – 11.30am Zoom Thurs 16th September 2021 9.30-11.30am TBC

To contact the Hub, admin@comfirst.org.uk


Tell Healthwatch about your experiences of the NHS and social care services - good and bad. Complete the 5-minute survey here

HWW Covid-19 Vaccination Survey

"Help us to understand people's concerns.

Dear Reference and Engagement Group Member,

We would be very grateful for your support, where possible, in helping us to understand the concerns people may have about having a Covid-19 vaccination, by sharing our survey.

The survey is specifically aimed at those who have concerns about having the vaccination.

Please see links below for -

- Link to complete survey online

- Information about the survey for display and distribution

- Printable version of the survey - including Freepost address

Please contact us if you would like us to send you copies of the survey and freepost reply envelopes or information flyers.

Best wishes,


Experiences of Service Users and Carers of South Worcestershire Community Assessment and Recovery Service (CARS)

Healthwatch Worcestershire have just published a report on the Experiences of Service Users and Carers of South Worcestershire Community Assessment and Recovery Service (CARS).  Please find attached a summary report for your information, the full report can be found on our website: South Worcestershire Community Assessment and Recovery Service Report | Healthwatch Worcestershire.

Recommendations have been made to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust and their response will be placed on the Healthwatch website when received in May.

And find out more about what Healthwatch do here.

New Opportunities Worcestershire

New Opportunities Worcestershire (NOW) is an Occupational Therapy led, countywide NHS service, that helps clients in their mental health recovery, through engagement in a range of meaningful activities NOW offers small groups and greater support to improve social skills, self-confidence, self-esteem, motivation and concentration. Outreach locations throughout Worcestershire.

What support can the NOW service offer?

  • The emphasis of the groups is on social engagement and development, to increase confidence, self-esteem and enjoyment.
  • Small groups take part within a range of activities, supported by specialist instructors, trained in their activity and have Mental Health Training.
  • Regular Occupational Therapy assessment and goal setting is undertaken throughout their placement.
  • Peer Support Workers, who can offer one to one support for a limited period of time to encourage attendance and engagement, help with travel training etc.
  • Opportunity for social events and trips to help develop social skills with other clients and the staff team
  • We make an automatic referral to ‘Reablement’ to enable a seamless move to community activities.

Tel: 01527 488715

Survey for Adult Carers accessing Trust services

Please find a link below to a survey for adult carers accessing Trust services during the coronavirus pandemic: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HWHCTadultcarer/

The Trust is working to understand the impact and experience of patients and carers during the pandemic and we would really value the input of carers of patients accessing Trust services.

Many thanks,

Sarah Taylor-Robinson

Practice Facilitator & Be Carer Aware Champion

Participant Information Sheet_Carers_v3.3.pdf355.0KB

📺 Community Mental Health Transformation Programme video:


Support for Carers: https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/carers

The latest NHS guidance on Covid-19 and visiting people in hospital - link

To find out more about the above NHS services, go to

From the Bipolar UK Worcester Support Group...

"The peer support team asked me to forward the following message regarding a survey on bipolar that they have put together as part of the launch of the new commission.

It's specifically intended for people who are living with bipolar and have received a diagnosis.

You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P2BCMDX



"On 30 March at our annual conference, Bipolar UK launched the Bipolar Commission - a yearlong inquiry to inform and improve the care and treatment of people living with bipolar.

Bipolar UK want to see a reduction in suicides and better lives for people living with bipolar disorder. With this Commission, Bipolar UK hope to encourage more awareness and research to help to achieve these goals.

We recently asked for experiences and views about receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. The easiest way to participate in this call for evidence is by completing our survey. It would be amazing if you could complete the survey.


The team at Bipolar UK"




Worcestershire Association of Carers Help and Support:

If you need support in your caring role please call our Helpline on 0300 012 4272

Their website has plenty of information and resources for carers - Browse their website now.

Just Say Training Courses

Cost of Training is £60.00 per person (except 12.05.21 virtual session £40.00 pp)

For a more detailed description on each course please visit their website: www.justsaytraining.co.uk

Do you live in the Catshill area?

"Come together with your neighbourhood and join the Catshill Can Community Conversation on the 28th April via Zoom. For anyone who is passionate about exploring how they can make a positive impact in the Catshill community. See poster for full details. Email: Community@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk to register. Zoom & technical support info here: Digital Inclusion | Digital Services from the Library | Worcestershire County Council

If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us and thank you for your assistance in promoting this resident event."

If you have any other news or information that you think fellow carers would find of interest, please let me know.

Warm regards,

Jigsaw - Worcestershire Mental Health Relative & Carer's Support Group

0750 360 1737