Carers’ Resource is encouraging men in the Bradford district who are caring for a friend or relative to get involved in its new groups and activities being run as part of the ‘Men Care Too’ project.
The Yorkshire charity launched the project earlier this year to improve the wellbeing of male carers, giving them the chance to take part in fun activities, meet other male carers, chat, relax and support each other.
Over 40 per cent of unpaid carers are male, providing physical and emotional support for a loved one. However, many men don’t recognise themselves as carers, and often find it difficult to express their needs, and ask for help.
The Men Care Too project has set up and run a variety of groups and events over recent months to suit a range of preferences, days and times. In the Bradford district these include a district-wide online forum which meets on a monthly basis, supper evenings, coffee meetings, sports activities, walks and trips.
Upcoming events include a cinema visit, lunchtime meals, sports activities, trip to Leeds markets, swim session, and more.
Mohammed Mahboob, Male Carers Development Officer at Carers’ Resource, said: “Caring for a loved one can have a huge impact on your own health and wellbeing, as well as having an impact on other areas of your life such as employment, education, finance and relationships.
“We know men don’t always find it easy to reach out and ask for support or join groups. Many men may not even recognise themselves as a carer. As a result this can affect their own personal health and wellbeing.
“By talking to men to understand their needs, and to encourage self care and personal wellbeing, we have developed a range of groups and social activities that we know they will enjoy participating in.
“If you are looking after someone who needs your support due to illness, frailty, disability, mental wellbeing or other issues, then you are a carer and we are here to offer support to you.
“If you are an unpaid male carer in the Bradford district we would urge you to get in touch with us. If you have ideas about activities we could put on for you, we’re here to listen. We would also like to hear from any existing groups that would like to help support male carers.”
To join the Men Care Too project at Carers’ Resource, or for more information, call 0808 50 15 939, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org