Our Time For Me group for and over-50s was entertained by the Lemon Tree Lunchalele ukulele group last week. It next meets Tue 9 Jan, 10am-noon, The Hub, Stone Grove, BD20 6TQ. £2, including refreshments. Call Val Stewart @ Carers’ Resource 01274 449660 for more info. #TimeForMe
Come on carers – get on your bikes!!
ON: Saturday, 1 July 2017, from 11am to 1pm, in Lister Park, Bradford.
Carers, their friends and families are invited.
Accessible cycles will be available on the day.
Great feature in today’s Telegraph & Argus for #carersweek
Thanks to Life Coach Jenny Cooper for this evening’s week wellbeing group Live Well, Care Well at our Shipley office.
And a special thanks to therapist Lisa who came along to give neck and shoulders massages – a wonderful treat!
Tomorrow it’s the Carers Tea Party and more pampering – reflexology this time – at the Shipley office from 2.30pm to 4pm.
Come along and indulge – you deserve it!
It’s Volunteers’ Week and a great way for us at Carers’ Resource to thank and sing the praises of our fabulous volunteers who give time and expertise to help improve the lives of and clients. #volunteersweek
A big thank you to one and all – your support really does help make a difference!
Check out the coverage in this week’s Keighley News:
Link: Salute to volunteers
Numerous volunteering opportunities – from helping in the office to supporting people after a stay in hospital – are up for grabs supporting carers and clients in the Bradford district.
From making visits to clients at home to helping run social groups for carers, all our volunteers are ‘vital and valued’.
People can find out about the wide range of volunteering roles at an open day on Tuesday, 11 April, 1pm to 3pm, at Carers’ Resource, Unit 15, Park View Court, off St Paul’s Road, Shipley, BD18 3DZ.
Chris Whiley, Carers’ Resource Director, says: “This is a wonderful way for us to show people the variety of ways they can get involved and help support the vital services we provide for carers, clients and vulnerable people in the district.
“Our volunteers are vital and valued and their role is pivotal in the work we do.”
The event has been featured in the Telegraph & Argus.
Volunteer co-ordinator Val Stewart says: “Volunteers can get so much out what they do for us – from developing or learning new skills, to being a member of a dedicated team.
“It brings great satisfaction to many to help others – and what may seem like ‘just a monthly coffee morning’ to someone can be a lifeline to a carer who is feeling isolated.”
Full training is given, as well as ongoing support, and Carers’ Resource has the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard in recognition of the important and valued role volunteers play in the organisation.
Roles include: admin support; helping at carers’ drop-ins, lunches, events and workshops; and one-to-one support with clients, or joining the Home from Hospital team to support vulnerable people on their return from hospital with a weekly visit, over a short time, to help them regain independence.
For more details contact Val Stewart, Volunteer Coordinator on (01274) 449660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers’ Resource Director Chris Whiley is urging older people who look after a relative or friend to speak out and get vital support, as a new report reveals older carers are putting retirement ‘on hold’.
Published today by national charity Carers Trust, ‘Retirement on Hold, Supporting Older Carers’, highlights the challenges older carers are facing.
It includes older people acting as ‘care coordinators’ to manage and find the right care and support for those they look after, causing stress and anxiety.
It also shows people at the age of retirement are having to take on caring roles, involving progressive conditions such as dementia, when they have their own age-related health conditions, such as arthritis.
Mrs Whiley says: “It’s pretty harrowing to see these findings in black and white but it does reflect the experiences carers are telling us about on the ground.
“Carers in their 60s and 70s are saying this is not what they expected their retirement to be like. They are caring for someone, often a husband or wife, who is becoming more and more dependent on them.
“The issue is they want to look after their relative or spouse; it’s what they do as their wife or daughter, but it’s a relentless task and one many are doing alone.
“It can be overwhelming with so many calls to make, systems to navigate and understand; all they want is for someone to help them through it. Carers should be applauded; we recognise it’s a really hard role and we’re here to help them on their journey.
“They can have several appointments to get to every week; they have the extra demands of getting their cared-for up and ready in the morning, and by the time they get out of the house they can be exhausted and frazzled.”
The report also highlights the need for a break was vital to a carer’s own health and wellbeing but many felt they were reluctant to take one unless their cared-for was given appropriate care.
“Planning for the future is also something many carers can overlook. At Carers’ Resource we can help with this by making sure carers have plans in place should anything happen to them,” adds Mrs Whiley.
Key findings of the Carers Trust report
- Care coordination – carers said they were spending too much time, and became stressed and anxious when trying to organise care and support for the person with care needs.
- Carers are caring for someone else when they have their own age-related health condition.
- The pressures around carers feeling they had a ‘duty to care’ – the Care Act recognises that caring should be a choice.
- Lack of appropriate replacement care to enable carers to take a break.
- Access to a ‘care coordinator’ – many older carers felt this would help them navigate the health and care system. It is recognised that with limited resources this may not be feasible; however, earlier referral to a carer organisation may help improve the situation for carers.
- Appropriate and timely access to information and advice about support available locally, nationally and UK wide. This information would need to recognise that not all older carers are able to access the internet.
- Improved access to appropriate and good quality replacement care.
Professionals who work with carers and vulnerable people will be able to find out about the wide range of services on offer at our Bradford district open day.
It will be held at our office in Shipley on Wednesday, 15 February, 10am to 12.30pm.
Colleagues working in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven will be able to drop in to speak to us about:
- Integrated Carers Service – Carer Support, Planning for Emergencies
- Parent Carer Support, Young Adult Carer Service
- CReate ~ newly funded – information, advice and guidance on employment and learning, with a special focus on supporting carers who work or who want to work
- Home from Hospital
Carers juggling a job and the demands of looking after someone are the special focus our newly-funded CReate service.
We have been awarded Big Lottery Reaching Communities funding for the four-year CReate programme – Carers’ Resource Employment and Training Enterprise.
This service aims to help carers to stay in work; support them to manage their working and caring responsibilities; to assist carers in finding a job or returning to a career, or boost their skills and confidence.
The service works with local employers in Bradford, Craven and Harrogate districts to increase awareness and understanding of carers’ issues and to encourage the adoption of carer-friendly policies.
Carers’ Resource Director Chris Whiley says:
“We can help them find the right solution and strategies to continue to stay in work, while also having a positive caring experience.
“Becoming a carer can happen suddenly, or it can creep up on you gradually as the person you look after’s condition can worsen, and in both cases many can find they are struggling to carry on working.
“For some reducing hours, speaking to their employers about flexible working or the possibility remote-working arrangements, can be a solution, whereas for others it may mean changing roles or even taking time out from work.
“Whatever the situation – as no two situations are ever the same – the CReate team will support and help carers to find a solution that suits them best at that time.
“Caring can be overwhelming, demanding and exhausting, and we know that about 50 per cent of carers have had to give up their job to look after a relative or friend.”
The service will be offering a range of workshops, courses, one-to-one mentoring, and support groups to help carers develop and learn new skills, such as guidance and support in writing CVs and job applications; interview techniques, and job-seeking assistance.
Mrs Whiley said: “This builds on the success of our initial CReate programme, and for the first time there will be this special focus on supporting carers who are combining work with caring responsibilities.”
The CReate service will run in Bradford, Harrogate and Craven districts. A six-strong team will support carers and former carers.