Celebration for three-year project helping carers rebuild their lives

Last changed: Tuesday 9 August, 2016

Our CReate scheme is celebrating after helping almost 400 carers to rebuild their lives as it marks its third anniversary.

The service has helped people to find work, access education or training, set up a business or boost their skills.

And carers who have benefited from the project will be at a special party at the charity’s Shipley base in Park View Court, St Paul’s Road, on Thursday, 24 March, 11.30am to 1.30pm.

Candy Squire-Watt, CReate Service Manager said: “After three years, the current phase of the Carers’ Resource CReate project is coming to an end this month.

CReate service manager Candy Squire-Watt celebrates the project's three years' success

CReate service manager Candy Squire-Watt celebrates the project’s three years’ success

“We didn’t want it to end without saying a big ‘Thank You and Well Done’ to those carers who have been part of our special journey, and we hope to see many of them at our celebration lunch.

“Caring is a tough job – and it is often a role that is not planned as it can be the result of an accident, sudden illness or frailty.

“In many cases carers struggle juggling paid work with caring responsibilities at home, and we know that about 50 per cent of carers have had to give up work to look after a loved one.”

The team has provided one-to-one mentoring to give carers a bespoke support.

Funded by the Big Lottery, the four main outcomes of the project, which have been met or exceeded, were:

  • 300 carers have improved knowledge about how to access information about work and learning opportunities
  • 180 carers have raised aspirations, improved confidence and that they have acted upon the information, advice and support given
  • 180 carers have participated in at least three activities, have improved skill levels, feel less isolated and have formed peer relationships
  • Five organisations are identifying and supporting carers in their organisation. A further 106 businesses or organisations also attended special workshops about supporting carers in the workforce.

The success has also been reported in the Telegraph & Argus.

Workshops for carers included exploring enterprise, managing stress, an introduction to retail, and caring day to day.

There has been a weekly Work Club, a successful IT group and computer courses, and the IT@Home scheme which involved volunteers supporting carers with their computer knowledge in their home.

The project is continuing on a lesser scale in the hope further funding is secured to offer a full programme.

For details about the CReate scheme contact Candy Squire-Watt, CReate Service Manager, on (01274) 449660, email: cswatt@carersresource.org