Aug 7, 2018

Celebrating the H&F Carers Time Bank

A carer with their special commendation
A carer with their special commendation

After successfully running the Carers Time Bank project in Hammersmith & Fulham for the last year, the project has come to an end.

To mark the end of the project, Time Bank members attended an exclusive event to celebrate everything the project has achieved on Wednesday 25 July at Westminster City Hall’s Lord Mayor’s Parlour on The Strand.

As part of the event, Carers Network’s Chair Steven Bramley provided four Time Bank members with special commendation awards for their significant contribution to the project – with all other members receiving a certificate of participation.

A highlight of the evening was members volunteering to speak about the impact the project has had on them and how it helped them develop confidence.

Members also shared their favourite memories of the project by writing it on a postcard as well has having the opportunity to be photographed giving their Time Bank resolutions. We’ve included some of these photos in this report.

Even though the project has finished, we are confident that the carers who participated will continue to provide a fitting legacy to the project by using the skills and confidence they gained to continue to meet up and help each other.

We’d also like to send a bit thank you to you, our donors, without you we wouldn’t have been able to run this project that helped so many carers.

Please keep your eyes peeled for exciting new projects that we are working towards.

A carer with their special commendation
A carer with their special commendation
Carers' Time Bank Memories
Carers' Time Bank Memories
A Time Bank Resolution
A Time Bank Resolution
A Time Bank Resolution
A Time Bank Resolution
Carers getting creative at the event
Carers getting creative at the event
May 14, 2018

Carers Network's End of Life Carers Project Update

Francis Ngale, End of Life Carers Project Manager
Francis Ngale, End of Life Carers Project Manager

Your generous donations have helped enable us to continue to deliver our project supporting carers looking after someone near the end of their life.

The project is a special carers’ service designed to provide dedicated casework support to carers aged 18 or over, who are looking after someone in the later years of life.

For this project, the person being looked after would either:

  • Have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or
  • Is 80 or over, and has general frailty and/or co-existing conditions, or
  • Is in a residential or nursing home.

Death does not need to be a taboo. 

I have found that most carers in the project welcome the opportunity to open-up and share their hopes and fears around death.

This could include their worries about what may happen to their cared-for if they died first, and how they would readjust to life without caring.

It is not so much about people not wanting to talk about death, dying and bereavement – it is more a case of with who to talk to about it – and how.

 As part of the project we have run popular workshops covering topics including:

  • Will writing;
  • Advance care planning & funeral costs;
  • Talking about death and planning the last years of life;
  • Benefits for carers of older people;
  • How to make better use your smart phone.

We have also worked with two end of life carers to produce a short practical guide for preparing or dealing with a death and produced brief information sheets on Lasting Power of Attorney, Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment and what to do when someone dies.

May 8, 2018

The Carers Time Bank Gets Creative!

Rose and Time Bankers with their angels
Rose and Time Bankers with their angels

The H&F Time Bank has kicked off with a craft-tastic start to the year with members attending and giving workshops, and a chance to visit the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia London.

Combining craft and well-being, in February members had an opportunity to make an eye-pillow, a restful mask that encourages relaxation and better sleep, under the guidance of trainer and certified nutritionist Emma.

Taking up needle and thread (in some cases for the first time in quite a while), members successfully sewed their own lavender-scented pillows, quite a feat in under 2 hours!

What members said:

  • “Emma was very patient and  instructive”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed this activity”
  • “very therapeutic.”

Inspired to take the next step, in March Time Bank member Marzyeh took the plunge and prepared her own workshop for members.

Carefully prepared and teaching with humour and clarity, Marzyeh showed fellow members how to make a beautiful beaded angel decoration.

Her students were delighted with their creations, and Marzyeh herself said that teaching a group was a new experience she wouldn’t have had the confidence or the chance to try without the Time Bank. 

What members said:

  • “Enjoyable”
  • “Creative”
  • “An opportunity to challenge myself.”

Finally, despite the Beast from the East causing snowy disruption across London, members had the opportunity to visit the Kensington Olympia Knitting and Stitching Show at the beginning of March.

The Time Bank Monthly Meet-up runs on the Third Wednesday of the month at Bishop Creighton House, from 11:45am–1:45pm.

The activities and workshops put on are based on members’ suggestions and skills, and members are encouraged to get involved if they have ideas or interests they would like to share.

The Time Bankers' Beaded Angels
The Time Bankers' Beaded Angels
 
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