Last week was Carers Week, an annual campaign which raises awareness of caring, highlights the challenges unpaid Carers face, and recognises the contribution Carers make to their families and communities.
We have a Mental Health Carers Support Service. They held a Covid-safe ‘Carers in the Park’ event, to bring together some of the Carers we support. This was at Vernon and Woodbank parks.
With the weather being bright and sunny, we had a lovely sociable walk in the park – a gentle, socially-distanced stroll to give Carers the opportunity to talk to each other and catch up, along with enjoying refreshments and cakes.
Before the walk, we had an ‘Assertiveness for Carers’ session – also in the park – with the brilliant Katie from Sequoia Support delivering. The theme of Carers Week this year was ‘Making caring visible and valued’, and because some of the Carers we support don’t always feel their needs and wishes are acknowledged or listened to by all services, we thought this was a really important session and opportunity for them.
One of the Carers who attended said: “I just wanted to thank you for inviting me on Wednesday afternoon. The course was very interesting. Meeting the other Carers again after so long was a bonus. Vernon Park was an excellent location, and I always come away feeling a lot better by knowing I am not on my own. Any kind of help for a Carer, whether it is a course or a chat, is very helpful. Thank you again.”
At our next online drop-in group for Carers on 16 June (11am-12.30pm), we will be hosting a special session with a presentation titled ‘Know Your Rights’, to continue the focus on making caring visible and valued.
To find out more about our Carers’ Service, please get in touch with the team > 0161 475 6229 / firstname.lastname@example.org
There are other options for Carers to get support and have their voices heard in Stockport – our friends over at Signpost For Carers have lots of great services and activities, and there is also the Mental Health Carers Group Stockport (separate from our service), which is run ‘by Carers for Carers’ – we have links to this group as well.