Oct 10, 2019

See first-hand how unpaid carers benefit from activities!

In our last report we highlighted the activities Carers Network ran for unpaid carers during Carers Week.

At a Carers Festival we hosted during the week Lina, who is a unpaid carer in Westminster, produced a fantastic video as a document of the day.

You can watch it here.

We hope you enjoy the film and can see the real impact that an event such as this with health & wellbeing and creative activities has on carers attending!

As well as providing a break from caring duties similar such opportunities can help prevent social isolation.

By generously donating to this project we will be able to provide more similar such activities for carers.

From funds raised so far we will be able to offer 26 carers the opportunity to take part in a bespoke health and wellbeing training course or to run 5 skill share sessions where carers can learn from each other.

Thank you again for your support.

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Jul 11, 2019

Activities during Carers Week 2019

Bath Bomb Making Session with Lush at Festival
Bath Bomb Making Session with Lush at Festival

Each year Carers Network arranges a programme of activities for local carers to coincide with Carers Week.

This is the UK's annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to society.

This year, Carers Week 2019 ran from 10-16 June. During the week Carers Network ran events and activities including trips for carers to the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, Chelsea FC, Chelsea Physic Gardens, Kew Gardens, The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, Chiswick House, Bush Theatre, Fulham Palace and The Royal Court Theatre.

The week culminated with a Carers Festival at Paddington Recreation Ground on Friday 14 June

The theme for Carers Week was ‘Getting Carers Connected’, and this event brought over 40 carers together to celebrate their skills and talents with each other – while also giving them the opportunity to take part in health and wellbeing activities.

Creative carers displayed their handiwork at the event and carers also had the opportunity to join in fun activities – including a dance class delivered by a fellow local carer.

Amongst other things, carers were also able to share their poetry and creative writing together in a self-facilitated group. 

A carer who displayed their artwork at the festival commented after the event: 

"One of the carers liked my work so much he put it on Instagram which was wonderful giving me the confidence to get a stall to sell them in the future. The mindfulness session in a leafy glade was absolutely amazing. I met a wonderful group of people including some mothers of students in a school I used to work in. All in all a fabulous day."

Activities such as these can help carers feel less socially isolated and help build their self-confidence, while also enabling them to take a well-earned break from their caring role,

By generously supporting this campaign we will be able to offer even more carers the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from similar activities in the future.

Poetry session at Carers Festival
Poetry session at Carers Festival
Quilting Corner: Creating the "Carers' Quilt"!
Quilting Corner: Creating the "Carers' Quilt"!
A local carer with her fantastic artwork
A local carer with her fantastic artwork
Local carer Sean leads a dance class at festival!
Local carer Sean leads a dance class at festival!
More carer art on display
More carer art on display
Mar 13, 2019

Thank you for helping more unpaid carers participate in activities!

Carers' crafting creations
Carers' crafting creations

You recently generously donated to our project to 'Help 250 Unpaid Carers Participate in Activities'.

With the funds raised so far, 23 carers could enjoy a themed crafting session, so we've made a great start!

The amount raised could alternatively enable 12 carers to take part in a bespoke health and wellbeing training session.

These training sessions prove invaluable help, with carers who have had the opportunity to take part in them in the past saying:

"I loved the exercises we did after the sessions. I found them very uplifting and postitive."

"It made me feel good to go out and meet others. It was some fun for myself."

"Through all the unpleasant experiences that I am having, I find myself stronger and taking action by caring for myself."

The funds already raised could otherwise enable us to run a number of IT training groups for carers, helping to equip them with vital skills in this ever more digital world.

Thank you again for supporting this project.

It will help make a real difference to people who spend so much of their time looking after others.

We look forward to updating you on progress with this project in our next report.

IT Training Session for Carers
IT Training Session for Carers
 
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