Carers Wellbeing Hub
At any one time, 1-in-10 of us is caring for a loved one with a disability or long term illness, in Northamptonshire, this equates to 70,000 Carers who are likely to sacrifice their health, careers and social lives. Our Wellbeing Hub aims to improve the lives of Carers in Northamptonshire through music, relaxation, activities & support of peers.
- Improved wellbeing through music. Singing acts as a relaxing breathing exercise and doing so with other carers allows for mutual support. Learning a new skill can also improve wellbeing. Humans have been using music in this way for millennia.
- Peer support of Carers. Those providing care for a loved one can often be isolated. Group activities such as a cake baking, days out, art classes or an ukulele group enable a break from caring but the chance to make new social circles of support.
- Sustainability of wellbeing. Reiki & Relaxation and Wellbeing Workshops not only provide a relaxing few hours, they teach carers relaxation techniques and coping strategies that can be applied at home. Friendships will also be formed out of this.
How we will achieve our goals
A Community Award would enable us to continue with services such as the Carers Choir and roll out others such as Wellbeing Workshops countywide. A Wellbeing Hub allows for for coordination and carers to be offered the best service for their needs. These services will not be funded by the state from October so we are reliant on grants such as this
Where the money will go
17% of carers who had taken a break of more than a few hours experienced mental ill-health compared to 36% of carers who did not. This and our plans to sustain wellbeing illustrates how beneficial our Wellbeing Hub model is to carers. In addition, improving the wellbeing of carers has wider benefits for the person they care for, NHS & social care