KCN are asking supporters to Tweet its name with the hashtag #RedCupCheer and follow its project page on neighbourly.com, before sharing online to help it win a £1,000 Red Cup Grant during the second annual holiday challenge from Starbucks.

Supporters can follow us on neighbourly.com and Twitter, tweeting using the twitter handle @KingstonCarers along with the hashtag #RedCupCheer to help us win the vote, and up to £1,000 through a Red Cup Grant. Participants are also invited to follow our project page on Neighbourly’s website, sharing the link online to contribute to the social noise being calculated across the initiative.

The #RedCupCheer challenge launches 16th November and runs for three weeks, with voting closing on 6th December. KCN were chosen to participate by local Starbucks store Partners who are celebrating the return of the Red Cup this Christmas.

Kingston Carers' Network (KCN) is the only organisation in the Borough of Kingston upon Thames dedicated to providing a support service to carers. Our aim is to improve the lives of young & adult carers who provide unpaid care to someone who could not manage without their support due to illness, disability or frailty. We provide support, information and advice to carers, as well as a range of activities to improve physical and emotional well-being.

“Since we were founded in 1971, we’ve sought to be a force for positive action in the communities we serve,” says Simon Redfern, Director of Corporate Affairs, Starbucks EMEA. “By bringing customers together for some #redcupcheer, we hope to support some great local charities and celebrate the work they do every day of the year.”

Nick Davies, Founder of Neighbourly says: "Red Cup Cheer is a fantastic way for Starbucks to connect with projects close to the hearts of customers and colleagues in their local communities. Neighbourly.com provides a space for projects to tell their story and share among friends and neighbours so that Starbucks can focus support where it's needed most. Good luck to all those participating."

The value of the Red Cup Grant each charity receives will be decided on the basis of a popular vote conducted on Twitter and neighbourly.com, as measured and recorded by Neighbourly's software and verified by Starbucks.

14:35, 17 Nov 2015 by Jo Maye

Have you read the latest edition of Caring UK, the quarterly magazine from Carers UK?

 If not, pour yourself a cuppa, settle down and read it here!

14:22, 28 Oct 2015 by Jo Maye

FutureLearn offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cutural institutions from around the world. The courses are all free of charge and are delivered one step at a time. They can be accessed on mobile, tablet and desktop so you can fit in learning around your life.

There are lots of different courses available in a whole range of subjects including law, languages and cultures, politics and the modern world and literature. Taking part in one of these course can be a great way to focus on spending some time on yourself and doing something you enjoy. In particular, the online mindfulness course will teach you techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing.

If you are interested in learning more about the condition of the person you care for or how you can support them, there is a whole range of courses that might be of interest to you under the heading of Health and Psychology. You can learn about the science of medicines, how to prevent falls, cardiovascular disease, the fundamentals of Parkinson's disease, caring for people with psychosis and schizophrenia and much more.

We'd love to hear how you get with these course so if you do take part, please do let us know how you get on.

Happy learning!

13:57, 27 Aug 2015 by Jo Maye


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