18th October 2018Category: Working Carers
Today we are going to be talking about meeting other carers.
As a working carer it can feel like you are the only one you know who is a carer. To be honest time is limited and spinning the plates can get tiring. However when was the last time you were in the company of another carer, who just understood what you were going through?
At West Cumbria Carers we receive a lot of feedback from events and courses we run about the positive impact of just having that time with others just like you, carers.
If you have supportive friends, family and work, you might think you have all the support you need but there are many reasons why meeting other carers is beneficial.
Caring for someone can feel isolating as you might not want your family to worry about your role or bore them with your troubles. You might struggle with opening up with colleagues as you feel that they are unable to understand your situation fully. Between work, family, caring and all the other things life has to offer, life can quickly become a schedule of things to do. Then you realise when you are in the shower (or wherever the moment hits you) that you feel isolated from your friends (you don’t know the last time you saw them) and family (they don’t know the inner struggles and frustrations you are feeling). Meeting other carers can help reduce that isolation because you are surrounded by others who understand your situation. They understand how you feel, the emotions and pressures that caring can bring. Just being around other carers is very reassuring and takes a little bit of the feeling of isolation away.
The registered carers at West Cumbria Carers have a wide range of experiences and skills with caring. There are carers who have been caring from a young age to others who are new but have a great knowledge of services in the area. Sharing knowledge, tips and tricks can be very positive and empowering for carers. Being able to pass on what you have experienced, advice or just make someone else’s experience a little easier. It’s often the small daily things that can make the biggest difference with sharing information.
Time for you, time to just step away from caring itself and have a moment. Making that space to just focus on your well being. Regularly check the events calendar on the website or sign up for the newsletter (either email or post, just call our office) to see what is going on.
There are lots of reasons why meeting other carers is important so if you would like to take some time out from work, or work shifts you might like the opportunity to attend our Chritsmas Lunch or Chirstmas Trip.
Our Christmas lunch has been running for many years and is always a fantastic day in a lovely setting. The event will be at Hundith Hill Hotel just outside of Cockermouth on Tuesday 11th December at 12.30pm.
There will be festive food, fun and entertainment as well as a great opportunity to mingle with other carers.
The cost will be £18.00 per person and booking is essential.
For more information, or to book a place, please complete & return the reply slip here.
This year’s Carers’ festive trip will take place on Friday 30th November, and will see us heading to Durham’s Christmas Festival.
We offer lots of pickup, and drop off, points including Seascale, Egremont, Cleator Moor, Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport and Wigton. We will do our best to support you to join us on this great day out.
The cost of the trip will be £10.00 and booking is essential.