Our Carers Project is well underway in the North East of England and Cumbria, thanks to funding from Comic Relief, the Ballinger Trust and the Northern Rock Foundation. We held three workshops in July in Penrith, Kendal and Carlisle which were all a huge success with almost 60 carers attending.
Each carers workshop is completely free of charge and is designed to support them in their role as a carer for someone with dementia. Carers often ‘fall’ into their role and it can be an overwhelming experience. Carers often talk about being isolated and removed from their community.
These workshops are designed to reduce isolation and increase their knowledge to empower them in their role. They have already been run across the UK with great success; a lifeline to many carers.
Some quotes from the latest participants:
“Thank you for a very interesting and informative day. Lots of things to think about which will help me in my carer role”
“Absolutely excellent! I care for my mum and most of what was delivered today I could concur with! Thank you!”
“Extremely helpful, lots of things identified with regard to my sister. I have a better understanding now, thank you”
“Coping with a partners dementia is very stressful, this meeting was helpful”
“This has been an excellent day all round, full of information known and unknown, reassurance that you are doing something right. Most stimulating and informative”
The next Carers Days are:
The Covenant Fund has also funded a pilot for Carers Days for Veterans, which will be launching in the coming weeks. The pilot will run in Falkirk and District, and will be running over the next ten months.
If you are a carer, or know a carer who you think would benefit from these workshops, let them know. Places can be booked either through the links above or by calling Lorraine on 01786 467342. You can also call Lorraine if you would like more information about the events or would like to register your interest.
Our 10 Helpful Hints for Carers books are also available for £5