Last week we hosted a series on online activities to mark Carers Week. It was different to what we usually do but it was brilliant to be able to see some faces we’ve been missing, as well as meeting some new ones!

We had a packed agenda with a benefits Q&A, Tai Chi, bingo and a quiz, a poetry reading and workshop, a relaxation and stretching session and a Charleston session. We also had three young carer catch ups, one in partnership with our friends at Manc Spirit.

We had some great feedback from the sessions:

“A huge thank you to all the team at Trafford Carers for all the fab activities last week. Really enjoyed trying out some new things like Tai Chi and Charleston. Keep up the good work you all do an amazing job️.”

“Thank you I really enjoyed both sessions and my daughter enjoyed the bingo and quiz too. It’s been great to be able to join in at home and I would like the opportunity to do more. I will be joining Claire on Fridays for more yoga and my daughter is hoping to join in with the young peoples activities.”

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Of course though, we know that for unpaid carers the work continues and we will continue to do what we can to make sure they feel recognised, valued and supported. Following the success of our Carers Week activities we will be looking at what other activities we can move online, to respond to ‘the new normal’ that we find ourselves in.

We would love to hear from carers about how we can adapt our events and activities while social distancing restrictions remain in place. We recognise that for some carers, online events and support are easier to access and so this could continue as restrictions lift. Although we hope that we are able to get together again very soon!

Contact us if you’ve got any ideas about activities or support that you’d like to see more of.

If you’re a carer in Trafford and you would like to find out more about the support that is available to you, fill out an online self-referral form or call the Helpline on 0161 8482400 (option 1) for free, confidential information and advice.

 

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