Recent MSOPC activities

Saturday 2nd December

The fabulous annual MSOPC Christmas Party!

A wonderful afternoon was had by all, with delicious home-made cakes, all the tea or coffee you could manage, a raffle and musical entertainment. Transport was provided for those who otherwise couldn’t make it. Some of the photos are below;

Saturday 25th November

The Co-operative stores presented us with a cheque for the money we raised through their Dividend Card. Thank you to everyone who chose MSOPC as their cause, and raised money for us every time you shopped, you helped us raise over £2,300!

Ardingly IT drop-in help

Don’t forget our brilliant FREE IT help from the students at Ardingly College, every Monday from 4.30-5.15pm during term time. Remaining dates for this term are; December 4th, 11th. No need to book, just turn up, and go to the lower library. The Ardingly students will help with any queries related to PCs, laptops, iPads, mobile phones, online shopping, social media etc., just make sure you bring it with you!

Upcoming activities around Mid Sussex

Recent Events – October 2017

Friday 6th October – Silver Sunday Afternoon Tea at Ashenground Community Centre, Haywards Heath. A lovely, social afternoon was had by all, who enjoyed tea, cakes and scones with jam and cream.

Silver Sunday at The Ashenground Centre, HH

Saturday 14th October MSOPC hosted the Elisabeth Willett Coffee morning from 10-12pm at Burgess Hill Library Foyer, The Martlets, Burgess Hill, for Silver Sunday. Elisabeth’s son and daughter attended and were really pleased we had done it for her

Elisabeth Willett Coffee Morning, The Martlets, Burgess Hill

Wednesday 18th October MSOPC had stall at the Health and Wellbeing Marketplace Event, from 10.30-1pm, Park Suite, Parkside, Horsham RH12 1XH

Joan and Val helping out at the Horsham Health and Wellbeing event

Thursday 19th October MSOPC held a Silver Sunday Coffee morning from 10.30-1pm, upstairs in East Grinstead Library. Thanks to Annie G (pictured, right), our resident East Grinstead volunteer, for helping to organise it

Silver Sunday Tea at East Grinstead Library

Friday 20th October MSOPC had a stall and Barbara Baldwin, the Chairman, gave a presentation at the Health and Wellbeing Event from 10-3pm at Chequers Mead, East Grinstead

Carers Event Thursday 22nd June

Are you supporting a relative or friend?

Come along to Glen Vue for tea, cake and a chat on Thursday 22nd June 2017, 2pm to 4pm. Just drop in for a friendly informal chat with the team.

Information on support, equipment, and groups going on around East Grinstead for you, or for those you support and care for, will be available.

Where: Glen Vue Centre, Railway Approach, East Grinstead, RH19 1BS.

Hope to see you all there.

Carers Event June 17

Celebrating Carers Week at the Dolphin’s Practice

The Dolphins Patient Group and Carers Support West Sussex are celebrating Carers Week between the 12th and the 18th June – and we will be there with a stand as well.

Maybe you are a carer and you don’t know it? A carer “is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.” (Carers.org)

At the Dolphins Practice in Butlers Green Road, Haywards Heath there will be talks and information for carers throughout the week (and we will see our display as well).

  • Monday 12th June: Talk by Carers Support between 1pm to 2pm 
  • Tuesday 13th June: Presentation “Bringing more health services to you locally” by Diane Gilmour, Programme Lead of the planned care NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG, 5pm
  • Wednesday 14th June: A Carers Wellbeing Support Worker is available to talk to carers on a 1:1 basis between 12.30pm to 2.30pm

More information for carers in West Sussex you find on the Carers Support website.

Alert: Tech-Support scammers take advantage of the last of the global WannaCry ransomware attack

Be aware of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft!!!

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop-up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally, Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.


Report fraud and cyber crime to Actionfraud.police.uk

Source: http://actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-microsoft-tech-support-scammers-using-wannacry-attack-to-lure-victims-may17

Come and see us at the BURGESS HILL FESTIVAL – 8th June

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting activities in St Johns Church as part of the Burgess Hill Festival on Thursday 8th June from 10am until 3pm.

There will be a whole host of activities on offer including flower arranging workshops, hand massages, various stands and we will even have live music provided by Burgess Hill School for Girls!

We also run our regular weekly IT drop-in on that day between 11am-1pm for help with your computer, tablet, smart phone – we will try and answer any related questions you have.

The Spire Café will also be serving refreshments on the day, and for the first 100 people over 60 who book to attend in advance (01444 242760) we will provide a voucher for a free tea or coffee and a sandwich to the value of £4.00. Please note this will be on a first come first served basis.

Please click here for our timetable at the Burgess Hill festival.

Please click here for the full festival programme Burgess Hill.

Dementia Day – 16th May, 2pm-5pm Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

The Dementia Day is taking place at Clair Hall as part of the Dementia Week.

At the event, you can learn about local services available for carers and people living with dementia. Furthermore, it is possible to take part in the “Virtual Dementia Tour©” and to experience what it is like to live with dementia. To book a place on the tour contact Guy Boyling Tel: 07530 560412 or email: dementiaday@haywardsheathdaa.org.uk.

The event is being organised by the three Alliances and Town Councils in the District, Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath, in collaboration with Mid Sussex District Council and with support from West Sussex County Council.

Ashenground Community Films show “Sully” – 13th May

The next film at the Ashenground Community Centre in Haywards Heath will be “A United Kingdom” showing at 6pm on Saturday 13th May. The film is “the story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil” (imbd) – watch trailer here.

Tickets can be reserved through the website, by phone (01444 447050), email (ashengroundcc@talktalk.net) or in person when the centre office is open (Southdown Close, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR).

Tickets cost £5 for adults £2.50 for children under 17 years.

As usual there will be a licensed bar, raffle and of course popcorn and sweets!

St Swithun’s Church Coffee Morning

St Swithun’s Church ‘Nearly Spring’ Coffee Morning
Monday 27 Febuary 2017

As part of MSOPC’s ‘helping combat loneliness and isolation’, a coffee morning was held at St Swithun’s Church, East Grinstead. Where coffee, tea and home made cakes were served by MSOPC volunteers, who also offered support and information and how to access activities, via its information network, designed to help reduce loneliness, together with other benefits and organisations, that attendees could access.
Barbara Baldwin

For photographs of the event please refer to  Past Events on this website

Sally Anne’s Memory Lane Cafe – Dementia

INTRODUCTION

The Sally Anne’s Café is for people with dementia and their Carers.
Your invited to an introduction to the Café at a Coffee Morning
on Thursday 2 March 2017 between 10.45 and 12.15 at
Salvation Army Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 8DX
For details click on blue text below
Sally Annes Cafe Introduction

START DATE

The café will start on Thursday 6 April 17 and will be open 10.45 to 12.15
It will then continue the first Thursday of every month.
There will be a small charge of £1.00 / session, (carers free)
For details click on blue text below
Sally Annes Cafe Start