Feb 15, 2018

"I thought he was an angel"

"It was like a whole world opened up to me" - Zivi
"It was like a whole world opened up to me" - Zivi

In our last report we were able to share the fantastic news that with your kind support we were able to continue delivering our specialist project supporting unpaid carers looking after someone approaching the end of their life.

The project is up and running and our End of Life Carers Project Manager, Francis is providing help and support to people at what can only be a difficult time.  Supporting people like Zivi, who looked after her husband.

 

“I was married to a lovely man named Cyril for 35 years. I was his carer for the last 10 years of his life.

He became very anxious and didn't want to do anything anymore. He wouldn't go out without me. I had to do everything for him.

 People asked me why I didn’t try and place him in a care home. I could never do that. I loved him.

 He (Cyril) was very anxious during the night. As a result, I couldn’t sleep, he woke up many times every night. I was so tired. I was like a zombie! In the day he was reluctant to leave home to do anything. This was hard for me. I’m an outgoing person. I felt trapped!

When I went to meet Francis at Carers Network, it was like a whole world opened up to me. I had somebody that will understand me. I thought he was an Angel, to listen to all my grumbling and come back with ideas, he was fantastic. I wouldn't have known about what a legal power of attorney was without meeting Francis."

 Thank you again for your support of this work. We are doing everything we can to ensure that we are able to continue helping carers like Zivi, who have nowhere else to turn.

 

Best wishes

 

Daniel Anderson

Feb 7, 2018

Time Bankers go Sky High

Carers Time Bank Members at the Sky Garden
Carers Time Bank Members at the Sky Garden

Members of the Carers Time Bank project in Hammersmith & Fulham enjoyed a trip to the Sky Garden in the heart of the City of London on Wednesday 31 January 2018.

The group took in spectacular views across the capital from the 35th floor and relaxed together over a coffee and chat – while enjoying a very well-earned break from their caring role!

The group had a great time, with one carer saying, “I really enjoyed today’s outing – a change from the normal routine,” and another adding, “I didn’t know anything about this place…It’s beautiful, peaceful, calming, interesting.” Several carers mentioned how much they enjoyed having a chance to be together with other carers, and that the outing gave them a chance to relax.

The next Time Bank meet-up will be on Wednesday 21 Feb, this will include an activity session where members will learn how to make an eye pillow and find out the potential health benefits of using one.

Thank you for donating towards this campaign, as we would not have been able to successfully launch this project and offer local unpaid carers these activities without your generous support!

The menu looks good!
The menu looks good!
It's thumbs up for the Sky Garden , and the view!
It's thumbs up for the Sky Garden , and the view!
Nov 16, 2017

UPDATE - our work continues...

Francis - already at work
Francis - already at work

Dear supporters,

GOOD NEWS - Looking after someone at the end of their life

We are deligthed to let you know that thanks to your support and generous donations from other sources, we have been able to continue our important project supporting unpaid carers.

The new project is already up and running with our End of Life Project Manager - Francis already beginning work supporting over 100 unpaid carers looking after someone as they approach the end of their life.

Carers who are looking after someone in the most difficult circumstances will not have access to additional expert support and advice.

"Francis was my listening ear, it was important to know that there was someone on my side" - Carer supported by the project

We look forward to keeping you updated with the work of this important project as it progresses. Please also look out for future news on our fundraising efforts for this important project as we continue our efforts to ensure that it can continue to support vulnerable people that have nowhere else to turn.

thanks again

Daniel Anderon

 
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