Carers' Resource is the local, specialist carers' centre for the
Bradford and Airedale, Harrogate and Ripon, and Craven districts of Yorkshire.

Carers Week 2020Last changed: Friday 12 June, 2020

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What is Carers Week?

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This year’s Carers Week takes place from 8-14 June and the theme is ‘Making Carers Visible’.

What is Carers’ Resource doing for Carers Week?

Carers Week is usually brought to life by the individuals and organisations that come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

Carers’ Resource is going ahead and planning activities but due to coronavirus most of our events will be held virtually, on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. Some will be pre-recorded, some live and some interactive.

We want more than ever to celebrate carers and encourage them – you – that you’re playing a crucial part in the lives of your loved ones and also in wider society.

An online Carers Week might exclude some people, so we encourage everyone to give it a go if they can. If this is impossible for you, let us know if they want a call during Carers Week for a chat.

Other opportunities to be united, while separate, include joining us on our sponsored walk, and raising a glass of your favourite drink in honour of carers at noon on 8 June to mark the start of Carers Week.

Carers’ Resource chief executive Chris Whiley

Dates, times and social media platforms will be confirmed, and more will be added, nearer the time. Check our Facebook and Twitter pages and this page for updates. These are the confirmed events so far:

Walk 25 sponsored walk

It’s our 25th anniversary year and one of our planned activities was to walk 25k as a group on the canal towpath from Shipley to Skipton in May. Some of our staff are instead going to walk 25k during their exercise time during Carers Week and will be gathering sponsorships. Why not join them and send us your photos? You could even get sponsors too. Or just do it for fun. You don’t have to do it all at once, and you don’t have to do the full 25k – just do something around the numbers 2 and 5. Email cmacina@carersresource.org or call 07936 368424 to get involved. You can sponsor our staff on their Just Giving page.

Young carers’ rainbow

If you are, or you know someone who is, a young carer (aged under 18) then email young carer worker Chris Windsor a photo of your NHS rainbow artwork so we can use them in a video we are making. Email your creations to cwindsor@carersresource.org by 5pm on 10 June.

Bradford young carers

There are two weekly virtual groups already taking place – one for primary age youngsters and one for high school-age young people. To find out more, email cwindsor@carersresource.org or see the Bradford Young Carers Facebook page.

Monday 8 June

Mindfulness for carers
11am. Learn simple mindfulness techniques that everyone can try, wherever they are. The 15-minute session, led by our CReate team, will be pre-recorded and posted on our YouTube channel, so you can watch it at any time. The direct link to the video is here. Contact Jenny Sengel at jsengel@carersresource.org or 07590 877901 and follow us on YouTube to get the latest videos in your inbox.

Raise a glass
Noon. Raise a glass of your favourite drink in honour of carers to mark the start of Carers Week. Send your pictures to cfirth@carersresource.org and say what caring means to you, or post them on our Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtags #carersweek #RaiseAGlass

Craven carers’ catch-up – Top 10 tips
During these three sessions during Carers Week (the others are on Thursday and Friday), we’ll build our top-10 lists of books, recipes and how to boost our mood. There will also be plenty of time to chat and support one other. 2–3.30pm. For more information contact Debi Hawkins at dhawkins@carersresource.org.uk or 07522 226334.

Brew time babble for parent carers
Have a coffee and a chat from 2–3.30pm using Google Meet. Bring a pen and paper along, and children are welcome too. Contact Sam Bland at sbland@carersresource.org or 07801577091. This session is for parent carers in Bradford East, Bradford South, and Bradford West, Shipley and Keighley.

Tuesday 9 June

Positive thinking
Tuesday 9 June, 11am. Look at the power of positive thinking by practising a short technique to focus on good things. The 15-minute session, led by our CReate team, will be pre-recorded and posted on our YouTube channel, so you can watch it at any time. The direct link to the session is here. Contact Jenny Sengel at jsengel@carersresource.org or 07590 877901 and follow us on YouTube to get the latest videos in your inbox.

Carer coffee and chat (with a bit of craft thrown in!)
This session, at 11am using Google Meet, is an opportunity for carers in Shipley to meet and support one another in a fun and friendly way and create a simple origami-style craft. Come prepared with a tissue or square of paper. For more information, contact Julie Peacock at jpeacock@carersresource.org or 07921 468051, or Kathryn Leakey at kleakey@carersresource.org or 07801 577169.

Time for ME
This group get-together for carers in the Bradford district, on Google Meet from 11.30am-1.30pm, is focused on “What is anxiety?” Share coping strategies, learn a calming technique and make a positive affirmation card. You’ll need paper and colouring pens or pencils. Contact Gurchehn Singh on gsingh@carersresource.org or call 07801577208.

Craven parent carers’ bingo and quiz night
Natalie Baxter will be your compere for the evening, so have your drinks and dabbers at the ready and prepare to have fun! 7.30–9pm. For more information contact Natalie at nbaxter@carersresource.org or 07801 577196.

Wednesday 10 June

Stress-busting
Wednesday 10 June, 11am. We talk you through a couple of simple techniques to manage stressful times and events. The 15-minute session, led by our CReate team, will be pre-recorded and posted on our YouTube channel, so you can watch it at any time. The direct link to the video is here. Contact Jenny Sengel at jsengel@carersresource.org or 07590 877901 and follow us on YouTube to get the latest videos in your inbox.

Carer coffee and chat
Put your wits to the test and join us at 11am, using Google Meet, for a Yorkshire-themed Blockbusters-style quiz. This will be an opportunity for carers in Keighley to meet and support one another in a fun and friendly way. For more information, contact Rachel Waddington at rwaddington@carersresource.org or 07590 877908.

Brew time babble for parent carers
Have a coffee and a chat from 2–3.30pm using Google Meet. Bring a pen and paper along, and children are welcome too. Contact Sam Bland at sbland@carersresource.org or 07801577091. This session if for parent carers in Bradford East, Bradford South, Bradford West, Shipley and Keighley.

Harrogate parent carers’ bingo and quiz night
Natalie Baxter will be your compere for the evening, so have your drinks and dabbers at the ready and prepare to have fun! 7.30–9pm. For more information contact Natalie at nbaxter@carersresource.org or 07801 577196.

Thursday 11 June

Bradford young carers’ Bake Off
We are offering 25 young carers in the Bradford district the opportunity to take part in our own version of The Great British Bake Off today. We will deliver packs containing a recipe and all the ingredients you need to create your star bake. Email Chris Windsor at cwindsor@carersresource.org by Tuesday 9 June to request a pack.

Carers connect
Carers in the Bradford district can join us on Google Meet from 10am-12pm to talk to other carers about the challenges you’ve faced during lockdown and play some light-hearted games. Learn about coping strategies and create a gratitude/priority jar – fill it with what is important to you and set your priorities. You’ll need paper and colouring pens or pencils for the activity, and an empty jar or small box. Contact Parveen Saleem on psaleem@carersresource.org or call 07801577279.

Change your mind
11am. We look at easy ways to turn around the negative thoughts that make you feel bad. The 15-minute session, led by our CReate team, will be pre-recorded and posted on our YouTube channel, so you can watch it at any time. Direct link to video is here. Contact Jenny Sengel at jsengel@carersresource.org or 07590 877901 and follow us on YouTube to get the latest videos in your inbox.

Dancing for Wellbeing
Join us for half an hour of chairobics and music, led by experienced dance leader Jackie. She will suggest various common household props that you can use in this gentle and fun workout. Enjoyment guaranteed! To join in the live session go to the Dancing for Wellbeing Facebook page at 2pm.

Craven carers’ catch-up – Top 10 tips
During these three sessions during Carers Week (the others are on Monday and Friday), we’ll build our top-10 lists of books, recipes and how to boost our mood. There will also be plenty of time to chat and support one other. 2–3.30pm. For more information contact Debi Hawkins at dhawkins@carersresource.org.uk or 07522 226334. 

Harrogate young carers Budz (primary age)
Go on a virtual treasure hunt with the young carer youth club from 4-4.45pm. Contact Sarah Beard on sbeard@carersresource.org or 07801 577198 if you would like to take part or have ideas for other virtual groups or activities.

Harrogate young carers Utime (secondary age)
A game of virtual bingo is planned for the Utime young carer youth club from 5.30-6.30pm. Contact Sarah Beard on sbeard@carersresource.org or 07801 577198 if you would like to take part or have ideas for other virtual groups or activities.

Friday 12 June

Preparing for your goals
11am. We finish the week by looking at what we’ve achieved and planning our next steps. The 15-minute session, led by our CReate team, will be pre-recorded and posted on our YouTube channel, so you can watch it at any time. The direct link to the video is here. Contact Jenny Sengel at jsengel@carersresource.org or 07590 877901 and follow us on YouTube to get our videos in your inbox.

Get crafty
All materials for this session will be provided and sent ahead to you in advance, so please sign up. Join us on Google Meet at 11am if you can, but the materials pack has paper instructions enclosed if you can’t access the virtual session.  You will amaze yourself with the end result, which is a surprise for now! No previous skills required. To get involved, contact Catherine Thompson at cthompson@carersresource.org or 07936 368428.

Carers’ community
Play bingo, reminisce and practise mindfulness on this Google Meet session from 2-4pm. You’ll need bingo templates, a pen and paper. It would also be great if you could think of a song or memory to share with the group. Contact Nazma Akhbar on nakhbar@carersresource.org or call 07921468050. This session is for carers in the Bradford district.

Craven carers’ catch-up – Top 10 tips
During these three sessions during Carers Week (the others are on Monday and Thursday), we’ll build our top-10 lists of books, recipes and how to boost our mood. There will also be plenty of time to chat and support one other. 2–3.30pm. For more information contact Debi Hawkins at dhawkins@carersresource.org.uk or 07522 226334.

Virtual escape rooms
This “trip” at 5.30pm has been planned for the Utime youth club (age 11-18). Eight households can join the session. Follow the challenges for this game, called The Dentist, and crack the codes to solve the mystery together. To put your name forward for a place, contact Sarah Beard at sbeard@carersresource.org or 07801 577198.

You can also check out our website news posts tagged with #carersweek and make sure to like us on Facebook  and follow us on Twitter to get all the latest news and photos.