8th May 2019Category: General
Carers Week 2019 is taking place between 10th and 16th June. We will be holding a number of activities throughout the Week to raise funds and awareness of caring.
There are 30 bikes available so if you or anyone you know would like to do a few miles and help us raise funds please get in touch, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also have an information stall in the foyer and would love it if you could pop by to say hi.
If spinning is not your thing you could still help us out by sharing the event on your social media pages using the poster below. Alternatively, you can make a donation to support our spinners on our JustGiving page.
We’d be very grateful for any donations of cupcakes anyone is able to make. Whether you’re a master baker, a budding baker, or an anywhere in between baker and are able to help then please contact email@example.com.
Wear your pj’s to work or school and donate £1 to us. Get your colleagues, friends and family involved. You can download a promotional poster below.
For more information on this event speak to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to get involved in any of our activities call us on 01900 821976.
Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK's 6.5 million carers. You can find out more about carers week here.
This year the focus is on 'Getting Carers Connected' to important support services, advice and information as well as family and friends.
Caring can impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.
Connected to advice and information
Caring can be very complicated and costly. This is why it’s important to find out how you can get advice and support. There are many places that can offer information to carers, including your local carers' organisation!
We are able to provide information on benefits over the phone and support to complete paperwork at local clinics. Additionally, we can refer you to other relevant support services such as the DWP home visiting team, local Citizens Advice Bureau’s and Adult Social Care.
If you know someone who has a caring role and needs support and information, ask them to connect with us today!
Connected to services
Looking after someone can be hard work. A carer’s assessment helps identify services which can help you with your caring role. Depending on individual needs and circumstances, we can support you to access grants and funding, carer’s breaks and occupational therapy.
Additionally, we are able to offer a range of volunteer services, including drivers, sitters and counsellors.
Don’t forget that current carers can request a re-assessment if there have been any changes to their caring role.
Connected to friends and family
Friends and family not understanding the situation, as well as a lack of free time, can often result in carers feeling lonely and isolated. More opportunities for breaks and social activities can help to combat these feelings, check our online Activities Calendar to see what is coming up.
If you are unable to attend these you can speak to a support worker for 1:1 support, either over the phone or face to face.
To promote understanding among friends, colleagues and the public we are training Carers Champions in workplaces and the local community. If you think your workplace or community group would benefit from having a Carers Champion ask them to get in touch.
Connected to other carers
Because being a carer is so difficult speaking to someone who knows what you are experiencing can make all the difference. We have a range of regular opportunities for carers to get together such as our Caring ‘n’ Sharing Cuppa drop-ins and Carers Forums.
We’d also like to invite you to join us at our Cupcakes4Carers event during carer’s week (see details above), this will be a great opportunity for you to meet up and have a chat with other carers.
Connected to technology
There is a whole world of technology that can now help to make your home safer and your life as a carer easier. We can support you to make a referral to Adult Social Care to access assistive technology such as Telecare.
A Caring with Confidence training course is available on our website as a series of Bitesize videos, for more information about how this could help you click here.
If you would like some more information on getting connected, give us a call on 01900 821976.