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Carers support

Barnet Carers Centre

Barnet Carers centre is our lead provider for carers support services within Barnet and a network partner of the Carers Trust.

Tel:  020 8343 9698
Email: admin@barnetcarers.org         

The Centre provides a wide range of services and activities for carers, mainly free of charge.

Barnet Carers Centre works with these 6 local voluntary sector organisations:

Information, advice and advocacy

Barnet Carers centre  
Tel:  020 8343 9698
Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

Barnet Council can provide you with information and advice about how to access assessments, telecare and on other practical support and services that may be helpful to you. For information and advice please contact Adults and Communities Social Care Direct or visit our Adult Social Care Web Pages.

Social Care Direct
Tel: 020 8359 5000
Email: socialcaredirect@barnet.gov.uk

Barnet Citizens Advice Bureau  

Telephone Helpline: 0300 456 8365 (Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm and until 7.30pm on Wednesdays)

Face to Face Services:-

Hendon Hub, 40-44 Church End, Hendon NW4 4JT

Monday          –         9.30 am -12.00 pm  Drop-in

Tuesday         –         Pre – booked appointments only

Wednesday    –         Pre – booked appointments only

Thursday        –        Pre – booked appointments only

Friday             –         9.30 am – 12.00 pm      Drop-in

New Barnet, 30 Station Road, New Barnet EN5 1PL

Wednesday          –     9:30 am – 12:00 pm    Drop-in

Dementia Advisor Service-

Providing advice and support to people with dementia and their carers

Information and advice, including signposting to local services, such as care or support services.

Support is available in various locations throughout the borough. For further details please contact the

Alzheimer’s Society Barnet

Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm

 

Contact:

Alzheimer’s Society Barnet

Edgware Community Hospital

Burnt Oak Broadway

Edgware HA8 0AD

Tel: 020 8937 7171

Mobile: 07889 603708

Email: Barnet@alzheimers.org.uk

Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm

Carer direct website and helpline for help with the caring role

National website and helpline for carers providing advice and information on caring.

Calls are free from landlines and mobiles within the UK. The helpline is open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and from 11am to 4pm, at weekends. The helpline is closed on bank holidays.  Information and advice can also be found via the website.

 

Call the Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053 if you need help with your caring role and want to talk to someone about what options are available to you or visit the Carers Direct website

Training

Training can help support you to build your skills and confidence in your caring role.

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Mental health training - Carers caring for person with specific diagnosed mental health conditions

Training on understanding diagnosis and skills and knowledge to care.

Through the Barnet Carers Centre

2 evening courses available

i) Mondays 4 monthly sessions

ii)Tuesdays 10 weekly sessions

Barnet Carers centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

Mon – Thursday (9am- 9pm)

Fridays (9am-5.30pm )

Saturdays once a month by prior appointment

Manual Handling Training-

Carers who undertake manual handling activities

Training on how to carry out manual handling activities safely

Rolling programme. For further details of times please contact the Barnet Carers Centre.

 

Barnet Carers centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

Dementia training (CRISP1)- training for carers of newly diagnosed people with Dementia

Training on  understanding Dementia and coping skills and knowledge to help you care for someone with Dementia

This programme is run 4 times a year and the training provided comprises of half day sessions which are held over 4 weeks. 

Alzheimer’s Society
Tel: 020 8937 7171

First aid training – training for carers on basic first aid

Training on basic first aid (training is provided by St Johns Ambulance)

Rolling programme. For further details of times please contact the Barnet Carers Centre.

 

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

Mindfulness training and workshops- available for all carers

Introduction and sessions on mindfulness to support mental well being

For further details on times and availability please contact the Barnet Carers Centre.

 

Sessions are also available directly through Eclipse/IAPT

 

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

Eclipse/IAPT

Tel: 020 3092 4071

www.Eclipsebarnet.org.uk

Stress management and wellbeing workshops – available for all carers

 

Stress management techniques and relaxation

Sessions offered through Eclipse Barnet. For further details of times please contact Eclipse Barnet.

Eclipse/IAPT

Tel: 020 3092 4071

www.Eclipsebarnet.org.uk

Safeguarding and abuse – training and information

 

Information sessions and training on safeguarding for carers. Areas covered include Carers reporting concerns, carers as victims or as potential perpetrators

Training arranged for Adults and Communities Workforce Development Lead.  Sessions are held twice yearly (June and November) and is open to all carers.

Adults and Communities Workforce Development Lead 020-8359-6390

asc.training@barnet.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emotional support

Having access to emotional support can be beneficial to your health and wellbeing. It can provide you with the opportunity to share your experiences with others, develop ways to deal with situations or just be an opportunity to talk about how you are feeling.

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Informal emotional support

Open drop in sessions that can provide you with time to discuss how you are feeling and what help and / or support may be beneficial to you

This is accessible via the Barnet Carers Centre during their opening hours.

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

Counselling

 

1:1counselling sessions over a 12 week period.

 

This is available to carers with high level needs through Barnet Carers Centre. Pre booking is required to access this service (there may be a waiting list to access the sessions- please speak directly to the Barnet Carers Centre to find out the availability).  There is a voluntary contribution of £12 per session.

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

 

Low level support for stress, anxiety and depression which is available to all carers.

To access support please make a Self-referral to IAPT

IAPT

Tel: 020 8 951 2172

Email: lets-talk-barnet@nhs.net

www.lets-talk.co

Barnet Carers Centre  -

coffee morning

 

Carer support group

This is available to all carers through Barnet Carers Centre.  The group meet every Thursday morning from 10.30am-12.30pm

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

Parkinson’s Support Group- for carers of people with Parkinson’s Disease

An information, advice and support group for all carers of people with Parkinson’s Disease

Held 1st Tuesday each month,– Open access. 

Day Hospital

Edgware Community Hospital

Tel: 020 8937 7150

9am-5pm

Dementia cafés- for carers of people with dementia and people with dementia

 

The cafés provide an informal and understanding environment for people living with dementia and their carers.  They offer activities, an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, to share information and experiences and provide an opportunity for you to get information and advice.

 

This is available to people with dementia and their carers and is a drop in service with no booking necessary. 

 

Every first Monday of the month 1pm – 3pm at Lyonsdown Hall, 3 Lyonsdown Road, New Barnet EN5 1JB

 

Every last Friday of the month 10.30am  – 12.30pm at The Eversfield Centre, 11 Eversfield Gardens, Mill Hill NW7 2AE

 

Every third Tuesday of the month 2pm – 4pm at Quarkers Meeting House, Golders Green, 17 North Square, Hampstead Gardens Suburb, NW11 7AG

 

Every second Wednesday of the month 2pm – 4pm at Activity rooms, Ground floor, Finchley Memorial Hospital. Granville Road, Finchley N12 0JE

Alzheimer’s society, Barnet office,

Activity Rooms, Ground floor, Finchley Memorial Hospital, Granville Road, Finchley, N12 0JE

Tel: 020 8937 7171

Email: barnetbranch@alzheimers.org.uk

 

Saracens Dementia Club- People living with dementia are welcome with their carers to attend.

 

Each session aims to provide the person with dementia and their carer with information, gentle exercise and fun activities in a social atmosphere.

This is available to people with dementia and their carers and is a drop in service with no booking necessary. 

Wednesdays weekly 2pm – 4pm

 

Finchley Memorial Hospital

Granville Road

London N12 0JE

http://cafe-dementia.co.uk/

JAMI - Supports carers of people in the Jewish community with mental ill-health

 

 

JAMI can provide support and information and advice.

Each locality across the Jami service offers support according to carer needs. This may include:

One to one support
Carer support group during the day or evening
Information and guidance

For more information please contact JAMI.

JAMI

Telephone:-  020 8458 2223

 

Former carers support - Support group for people who are no longer caring

Support group aimed at supporting carers who are no longer caring.  The group aims to allow previous carers to share their experiences and share information and advice.

The group is available to former carers and regular meetings are held through the Barnet Carers Centre.

For further details please contact Barnet Carers Centre  

 

Royal Free NRC- For people who care for people with obsessive compulsive disorder

Support for those who are caring for people with obsessive compulsive disorder

 

Please contact Royal Free NRC

Royal Free NRC (for people who care for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Edgware Community Hospital

Burnt Oak Broadway

Edgware HA8 0AD

Contact: Judy

Tel: 07540 926501

E: edgwareocd@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social activities

 

An opportunity to get involved in activities that you enjoy, meet others and share experiences

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Singing for the brain service for people with dementia

Singing activity session for people with Dementia and their carers providing an opportunity to meet others with a similar experience in a relaxed setting.

 

For people in the early to moderate stages of dementia and people caring for people with early to moderate dementia.

Groups run by friendly staff and

volunteers with a trained ‘Singing for the Brain’ leader. Meets every Thursday 10.30am - 12.30pm.

 

Alzheimer’s society, Barnet office,

Tel: 020 8937 7171

E: Barnet@alzheimers.org.uk

Held at:

Eversfield Centre

Eversfield Gardens

Mill Hill NW7 2AE 

Dementia Read Groups-

Feel better with book memory reading groups

 

For people with memory loss and their carers.  People attending do not have to read aloud and you can simply sit back and enjoy being read to.

 

Available to all people with dementia in Barnet and their carers.

 

Weekly groups are held on:

Thursdays 10am – 11.30am

Manor Drive Methodist Church Hall Manor Drive

Whetstone N20 0DZ

 

Fridays 2pm – 3.30pm

Carlton Court Care Home

112 Bells Hill, Barnet EN5 2SQ

The Reader Organisation

Tel: 07815 554713

E: paulhiggins@thereader.org.uk

 

 

Outings and activities

 

Range of outings and activities for adult carers

Available to all carers in Barnet during carers week in June each year.

For further details please contact Barnet Carers Centre  

 

Age UK Barnet

Age UK Barnet and 15 other voluntary sector organisations

have come together to provide activities and services for older

people across the London Borough (55+).  These include exercise classes,  information about benefits, cooking classes, some support with IT and opportunities to make new friends

Available in a range of locations across the borough for over 55’s.

For further information please visit the “what’s on guide”

Friend in Need                                                                                                          

 

Friend in Need                                                                                                         

Provides services for older or disabled people and their carers living in East Barnet and New Barnet.

 

Please contact Friend in Need directly for details of support available.

Friend in Need Community Centre

East Barnet Baptist Church

Crescent Road

East Barnet  EN4 8PS

Tel: 020 8449 8225

Email: fin@fin-eastbarnet.org.uk

www.fin-eastbarnet.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Financial Support

 

Information about financial support services that may be beneficial to you.

 

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Carers Smart- to support carers in accessing benefits, discounts and offers

Carers Smart is a club run through the Carers Trust.  The club is part of the Carers Trust’s offer to carers and people with care needs and it’s also open to people who work across the Carers Trust network, either as staff or volunteers ad people who donate money.

 

Once a member you can benefit from a wide range of offers including:-

-Cash back on shopping from numerous high street retailers

-reduced price lifestyle activities

-and much more

Available to all carers. Joining is easy and free.  Log onto www.carersmart.org

http://www.carersmart.org/

Welfare benefits advice and advice on how to maximise your income 

 

Barnet Citizens Advice Bureau will provide you with information and advice regarding welfare benefits and income maximisation

Support is available online, via telephone support, through booked appointments and through drop in Sessions 

 

Barnet Citizens Advice Bureau  

Telephone Helpline:- 0300 456 8365

Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm and until 7.30pm on Wednesdays.

Face to Face Services:-

Hendon Hub, 40-44 Church End, Hendon NW4 4JT

Monday          –         9.30 am -12.00 pm  Drop-in

Tuesday         –         Pre – booked appointments only

Wednesday    –         Pre – booked appointments only

Thursday        –        Pre – booked appointments only

Friday             –         9.30 am – 12.00 pm      Drop-in

 

 

New Barnet, 30 Station Road, New Barnet EN5 1PL

Wednesday          –     9:30 am – 12:00 pm    Drop-in

Carers emergency fund from Carers trust – subject to application and panel decision

Fund available in emergencies for carers to purchase specific items for their caring role.

For carers in need the fund is subject to application and panel decision. Limited number of funds available each year from the Carers Trust

 

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health and wellbeing

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Free Health Checks for carers between the ages of 40-74

To help maintain and support your own health and wellbeing  

Free health checks are available to all carers between the ages of 40-74 through your local GP 

Please contact your local GP

GP carers support

Flu injections for carers

By appointment at carer’s GP practice.

Individual GP practices

Leisure Pass

Carers in Barnet can access a leisure pass for use in Barnet Council’s GLL leisure centres.  This pass allows carers to enjoy free swimming at Barnet Copthall, Finchley Lido and Church Farm Leisure Centres.  The pass also allows concessionary discounts on a range of wide ranging activities such as badminton sessions, group exercise classes and much more – please check with individual GLL leisure centres regarding concessions.

Available to carers all year long

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

Complementary therapies,

 

Relaxation days including yoga  available to support carers-

Monthly sessions. Booking required. Charge applies

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

 

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Free Health Checks for carers between the ages of 40-74

To help maintain and support your own health and wellbeing  

Free health checks are available to all carers between the ages of 40-74 through your local GP 

Please contact your local GP

GP carers support

Flu injections for carers

By appointment at carer’s GP practice.

Individual GP practices

Leisure Pass

Carers in Barnet can access a leisure pass for use in Barnet Council’s GLL leisure centres.  This pass allows carers to enjoy free swimming at Barnet Copthall, Finchley Lido and Church Farm Leisure Centres.  The pass also allows concessionary discounts on a range of wide ranging activities such as badminton sessions, group exercise classes and much more – please check with individual GLL leisure centres regarding concessions.

Available to carers all year long

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

Complementary therapies,

 

Relaxation days including yoga  available to support carers-

Monthly sessions. Booking required. Charge applies

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

 

Specialist support

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Practical help in the home

Support for carer with practical household tasks.

By referral. A support plan will be developed and support provide by a Support Officer for up to 6 months.

Outreach Barnet, 
PO Box 55319, London, N12

Tel: 020 3115 1185
Fax: 020 8731 6840
Email: referrals@outreachbarnet.org.uk

Legal Surgery for carers

Legal information and advice for carers

For details of times please contact the Barnet Carers Centre

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

Inclusion Barnet

Inclusion Barnet brings together community organisations, service users and carers to offer services that are based on the social model of disability and is aimed at promoting independence, social inclusion and equality. It aims to remove barriers, enabling all of its clients to live as independently as possible with the necessary support. 

Please contact Inclusion 

Employment and understanding your rights

Support to help you know your employment rights and find out about job opportunities

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Job centre plus

 

Support to access training and employment opportunities for carers wishing to remain or return to employment

Through the job centre during opening times

Job Centre Plus (Hendon)
10 Finchley Lane, Hendon, London, NW4 1DP
Tel: 0208 732 6000
www.jobcentreplusadvisor.co.uk/

Information and advice on understanding your employment rights

Information on employment rights, flexible working and how to solve problems in regards to work

Support available online, via telephone support, through booked appointments and through drop in Sessions 

Barnet Citizens Advice Bureau  

Telephone Helpline:- 0300 456 8365 (Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm and until 7.30pm on Wednesdays)

 

Face to Face Services:-

Hendon Hub, 40-44 Church End, Hendon NW4 4JT

Monday          –         9.30 am -12.00 pm  Drop-in

Tuesday         –         Pre – booked appointments only

Wednesday    –         Pre – booked appointments only

Thursday        –        Pre – booked appointments only

Friday             –         9.30 am – 12.00 pm      Drop-in

 

New Barnet, 30 Station Road, New Barnet EN5 1PL

Wednesday          –     9:30 am – 12:00 pm    Drop-in

Information and advice on understanding your employment rights

Information on employment rights, flexible working and how to solve problems in regards to work

Information available online

Carers Trust

Getting involved- engagement and volunteering opportunities

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Carers forum 

 

Regular forum for carers to share information, raise issues and network with carers.

The forum is held four times a year and dates are advertised locally.  For further details contact the Barnet Carers Centre.

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

Engagement with Adult Social Care

 

Includes opportunities to inform strategy and service development

Please contact the Engagement Team in Adults and Communities. 

Engagement Team:-

Tel: 020 8359 4712

Email:- Engage.Adults@barnet.gov.uk

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering opportunities with Barnet Carers Centre and Carers hub

Via an application process

Barnet Carers Centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering opportunities with volunteering Barnet

Via a registration process

Volunteering Barnet

http://www.volunteeringbarnet.org.uk/

Support through Adult Social Care

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Carers Assessments and support plans.

If you are a carer, or you think you might be taking on a caring role in the near future, you may be entitled to a carers assessment. 

 

A carers assessment should cover your caring role, your feelings about caring, your physical, mental and emotional health and how caring affects your work, leisure, education, wider family and relationships. 

 

This means that you will be able to explain how caring for someone is affecting your life and what could make things better for you and the person you look after. 

 

Following an assessment if you are eligible for support Adults and Communities will create a support plan with you detailing actions discussed and support that may help you in your caring role (this may include information and advice, a referral to the Carers Centre, or breaks from caring - see below)

When assessing the needs of carers, we will use a similar approach to that used for adults with care and support needs. We will decide whether any carers needs are eligible for support from the council by using the national eligibility criteria.   For further details pleases see the LBB Assessment of eligibility Policy for carers.

 

There are three criteria, all of which must be met for a carers needs to be eligible for support. The carers eligibility is based on identifying:

Whether a carers needs are a consequence of providing necessary care for an adult
to what extent the carers needs affect their ability to achieve specified outcomes, or put their health at risk, and;
Whether and to what extent this impacts on their wellbeing

Social Care Direct

Tel: 020 8359 5000

Email: socialcaredirect@barnet.gov.uk

 

Adult Social Care web page on Carers Assessments

Breaks from caring

A break from caring as well as other types of support can be an important tool to support you in your caring role.  The type of break that may suit you will depend on your own needs and circumstances as well as those of the person that you are caring for.

There are different ways that you may be able to access a break following the outcome of your carers assessment.  These include:-

 

Carers Personal Budget

Following an assessment, some carers may be eligible for their own personal budget.  A personal budget can be used to pay towards a variety of activities which may give you a break from your caring role and to help you to maintain and improve your own health and wellbeing.

 

People requiring care and support personal budget- respite services

Adults and Communities can provide respite services for adults requiring care and support such as residential care, day services and sitting services which can help support carers to have a break and to help support them in their caring role. In order to access these types of breaks we will assess the person requiring care and support and will through discussion with them and their carer consider how best their personal budget can meet their respite needs e.g.

 

·         Arranging for the adult needing care and support to go out for an activity that they enjoy with a personal assistant so the carer can have a break

·         Arranging a residential care stay to provide the carer with a break (this may be through the personal budget or the respite vouchers)

·         Arranging for a personal assistant to support the adult needing care and support at home whilst the carer takes a break

 

A financial assessment will be completed to see if the adult needing care and support can contribute towards the cost of their care services.

 

Shared lives short breaks

 

For some people living at home with their families accessing the shared lives short breaks may be a suitable way of having a break.  The person needing care and support will stay at the shared lives carers home so that the family carer can have a short break. To use the shared lives scheme we will assess the person requiring care and support and will through discussion with them and their carer consider if the shared lives scheme would be appropriate for them. 

Following a carers assessment – see details above

Social Care Direct

Tel: 020 8359 5000

Email: socialcaredirect@barnet.gov.uk

 

Adult Social Care web page on Carers Assessments

Emergency planning – short term and long term emergencies

If you care for a family member or friend you may be worried what would happen if you were suddenly taken ill or you could not get to them because of some other unforeseen emergency.

 

This scheme aims to give you peace of mind by enabling you to plan in advance for this possibility.

The plan is designed to cover the first 48 hours of the emergency until longer term support plans can be made. It is not expected to cover a situation where the person needs significant support, which only professional health or care workers can provide. You can join the scheme if you are over 18 years of age and are a carer.  The person you care for must live in the London Borough of Barnet (whether or not you live in Barnet).  The Scheme is free to join.

 

To access the scheme you need to fill in the Carers Emergency Card Scheme - Barnet registration form and give the details of:

 

•the person you care for and what support they need

•up to three people, e.g. family or friends, who agree to be contacted in an emergency to provide care. If you don’t have anyone, you can name Social Care Direct or a social worker as your emergency contact.

 

This is then your 'Carers Emergency Plan'.

Please visit the Adult Social Care Carers Emergency Card Scheme web pages: Carers Emergency Card Scheme - Barnet registration form

 

Barnet Carers centre  

Tel:  020 8343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

 

Telecare

Telecare can be used to help support carers in their caring role. 

Various sensors and equipment aimed to help people be more independent in their own homes.  

Anyone can purchase Telecare equipment themselves by contacting one of the equipment providers from our directory.

To have Telecare equipment provided to you by us, you must qualify for a service. To find out if you are eligible for Telecare equipment contact Social Care Direct, they will carry out an assessment and discuss your options with you.

To find out if you are eligible for Telecare equipment contact Social Care Direct

Tel: 020 8359 5000

Email: socialcaredirect@barnet.gov.uk

 

Alarm service

The service is a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year monitoring and response service. It can support people of all ages and disabilities living in extra care housing including the elderly and disabled and can provide reassurance for carers.  

It involves a cord or button-style monitor connected to a response centre. When you activate the alarm, this alerts the response centre where trained staff will be on hand to help and reassure you.

You can also contact the Social Care Direct team for an assessment to see if you qualify for financial support from the council towards the alarm. If you already have a social worker, they will also be able to give you further information about the service.

Barnet Homes
Tel:  020 8359 4841
Email: assist@barnethomes.org

Social Care Direct
Tel: 020 8359 5000
Email: socialcaredirect@barnet.gov.uk

 

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