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Carers Lewisham celebrates making carers visible, valued and supported

This week Carers Lewisham held a series of events in celebration of national Carers Week, with its theme of making caring visible, valued and supported.

On Wednesday, our stand in Sainsbury’s Forest Hill not only helped us raise awareness of the role of unpaid carers, but was also a great opportunity to meet new people with caring responsibilities who weren’t aware of the support we can offer.  Meeting so many people in person has hopefully given them confidence to get in touch with us in future.

On Thursday, over 30 people attended our celebration event with a series of sessions led by carers, each showcasing their amazing talents.  Activities included a poetry reading about carers by Christine; a series of live music sessions with Pauline – including an emotional song she had written herself about caring for her mother; and dress-making skills with Barbara, with the finished results modelled by our Employment Advisor Sonia.

We also played ‘human bingo’ which got carers talking to each other and finding out facts about one another.  As well as lunch, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the cake made by Hilda specially for the occasion.  The absolute highlight of the event was Jaycee (on Twitter as @thesoulnurse) who stunned everyone with her incredible spoken word poetry about the ups and downs of caring, and what a privilege it is to give back to her mum what her mum has given to her.  Jaycee also led a laughter yoga workshop which everyone found a huge stress reliever.

Our final event on Friday was a series of informative presentations, including one from the Green Doctor, a charity that offers free and impartial energy advice to help Londoners, stay warm, save money and live greener, including highlighting free resources people can access to help reduce energy bills.  Something that is much needed as energy prices continue to rise.  Attendees also heard from Tristan Brice, Associate Director, Community Support and Care, Lewisham Integrated Commissioning Team about the Council’s current consultation on its new Carers Implementation Plan and how this will affect future services – something that engendered a lively discussion.  Representatives from South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) also took part in discussions and were on hand with information when needed.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Carers Week so much fun, including Sainsbury’s store manager Sandra and the staff who supported us, all our speakers at our event on Friday, and – most importantly – all our amazing carers who led groups and activities on Thursday and, of course, all those who took part.

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Young carers set the agenda

At the end of May, 6 young people attended our Young Carers Reference Group to talk about being visible, valuable and supported – reflecting the themes of this year’s national Carers’ Week and Lewisham Council’s current consultation on its new Carers Implementation Plan.

At the meeting young carers told us about the range of activities they do, from giving medication to taking their siblings to school. There were lots of similarities with the types of tasks they identified adults as doing, showing the level of responsibility some young carers are taking.  Importantly they also identified some of the things that would make them feel better about being a carer.  These included homework, study clubs, a tutor or mentor and general support from schools.  They also identified support in the form of money, vouchers and some kind of discount card as potentially valuable.  Young carers also wanted time to have a break from caring responsibilities, including trips and residentials – with lots of ideas for future activities for our young carers services.  At the meeting, young carers also talked about how their role gets recognised, providing valuable insights into how we can identify other young people who need support in future.

We would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to attend and for sharing their experience and insights with us.

By |2022-06-10T14:08:18+00:008 June 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Have your say: Lewisham Council launches consultation with carers

Lewisham Council has launched a consultation to improve outcomes for unpaid carers, and ensure they feel visible, valued and supported in their caring role.  The consultation will run for six weeks and will help the Council to shape its new Carer Implementation Plan for 2022-2024.

Through the consultation the Council wants to identify the priorities that matter most to carers and how they can best be supported.  Last week we co-hosted a consultation event with the Council, with over 30 carers and professionals attending to share their views.  You can see the lovely video from the event.

Please complete the consultation survey on the Council website to make sure your views are heard.  We would also love to hear from you about any wider issues you would like to raise about how carers can best be supported as part of the consultation.  Please speak to a member of the team at your nearest carers centre, email us at info@carerslewisham.org.uk.

The consultation closes on 11th July – make sure your voice is heard!

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Join our Carers’ Week celebrations

This year we’re celebrating national Carers’ Week with an event on Thursday 9th June. Join us at our Carers Hub in Waldram Place between 10.30 and 2pm for lunch, singing, poetry. There will also be knitting lessons, a yoga session and an opportunity to showcase your talents with an ‘Open Mic’ performance.

Or why not join us from 11am to 1.30pm on Friday 10th June when our Information and Advice Service will be hosting a series of local speakers talking about different issues for carers, from employment to local authority services.

For more information or to book your place email us at workingforcarers@carerslewisham.org.uk or call us on 020 8699 8686.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Carers Relaxation Day

In July, we invited carers from Lewisham for a day of relaxation treats that included a laughter therapy session, massages, bingo and tea/coffee & cakes.

The day was enjoyed by all and new friends were made. We would like to thank the carers who came and hope they enjoyed themselves.

We rely heavily on donations for our work and as a charity operate with the minimal staff in order to spend the resources on our carers and their families.

What’s On

For other weekly activities and sessions – including our most popular; Coffee Mornings and the Mental Health Group, click below.

By |2021-01-26T10:24:13+00:0031 October 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Raising the Voice of Carers – Campaigning Workshop for carers

Do you want to get your voice heard on the issues that matter to you? 

Working with Carers Trust, we are hosting a half day workshop that will give you the skills to launch campaigns to bring about the change you want to see. The session will also set out what rights you have under the Care Act to make sure you can speak up if they are not being fulfilled.

This free Workshop will cover:

  • What carers are entitled to under the Care Act
  • How to plan a campaign
  • How to influence local decision makers
  • How to use the traditional and social media

Where it is : Carers Lewisham, Forest Hill 

Thursday 24th January. 10.00 – 14.00 

Lunch will be provided and Carers Trust will cover travel expenses for carers.  

The Workshop will cover the basics of campaigning so you don’t need to have had any previous experience. We want as many carers as possible to be involved so if you want to make a difference to the issues faced by you and other carers – come along and see how you can do that.

Campaigning can be daunting and we know that carers are busy. But by the end of the Workshop, you will have the skills to launch your own campaigns and be equipped with the knowledge that you can make a difference no matter how little – or how much time – you’ve got.

This is also a chance to meet other carers and find out what issues you can campaign on together locally. If you want to campaign on issues that are important to you and other carers, then this Workshop is for you!

What previous attendees have said:

“97% of carers who have attended previous workshops said that they felt they had the skills and confidence to launch their own campaigns and felt empowered by their increased knowledge of the Care Act by the end of the Workshop. The workshop presentation and being part of a group felt like it built up momentum”.

Carer who attended York Carers Workshop

“The workshop today was very helpful – I have learnt a lot”.

Carer who attended Wandsworth Carers Centre Workshop 

“The workshop was run in a relaxed, friendly yet focussed and informative manner…I can’t wait to make change happen”. 

Carers who attended the Bristol and South Gloucestershire and BANES Workshop

Please note: Carers Trust will also cover reasonable expenses for the cost of any care cover that carers need to put in place to attend the workshop as long as a receipt is provided.

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