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Supporting Carers in Sandwell

(West Midlands)

The project is a series of support activities for unpaid family carers in Sandwell. These activities will help deal with the stress of caring and will enable carers to continue to care. The project will allow carers ‘time off’, will help ‘recharge their batteries’ and receive support from other carers in similar caring situations.

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HOUSE!!

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

Working closely with Mecca Bingo Wednesbury, our Carers are able to enjoy fun, social nights out at Mecca Bingo Wednesbury. Carers are offered Bingo Night specials and thoroughly enjoy these nights outs. These are a great opportunity to meet other carers in a fun, relaxed atmosphere – plenty of laughs had (the complimentary bubbly helps!!) and the odd win goes down a treat!!

SHOPPING!!

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

One thing we all love (well most of us!!) is shopping – a snap of a couple of carers enjoying a bit of shopping at Gloucester Quays.

SHORT TRIPS - Bourton on the Water

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

A snap of one of the minibuses (we ended up with 3!!) for our short trip to Bourton on the Water!

SHORT TRIPS - Dagfields Antiques

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

We organise smaller outings to more local places like Bourton on the Water, Bewdley, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Botanical Gardens, Nantwich – we use local Community Transport for these trips and again accommodate for wheelchairs users. These shorter outings offer social support and respite for those who are unable to make longer trips perhaps due to dependants being at day centres, but still enable a lovely day out to some beautiful places.

A snap of our carers resting their feet after chasing a bargain or two at Dagfield's Antiques!

SHORT TRIPS - Botanical Gardens

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

We organise smaller outings to more local places like Bourton on the Water, Bewdley, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Botanical Gardens, Nantwich – we use local Community Transport for these trips and again accommodate for wheelchairs users. These shorter outings offer social support and respite for those who are unable to make longer trips perhaps due to dependants being at day centres, but still enable a lovely day out to some beautiful places.

FORGOT TO MENTION GLOUCESTER DOCKS!

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

2/3 times a year, we organise Carers and Family Day Trips. We always start off with one coach and quite often end up taking two or even three 50 seater coaches on our day trips. We have been to Liverpool, Chester, Old Trafford Shopping Centre, Weston Supermare, Blackpool (Summer and for the Illuminations), Southport and more recently Llandudno. Our day trips are open to our carers and their family and friends and our coaches accommodate wheelchairs to be clamped in so no-one misses out – a lovely family day out making wonderful memories!

DAY TRIPS

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

2/3 times a year, we organise Carers and Family Day Trips. We always start off with one coach and quite often end up taking two or even three 50 seater coaches on our day trips. We have been to Liverpool, Chester, Old Trafford Shopping Centre, Weston Supermare, Blackpool (Summer and for the Illuminations), Southport and more recently Llandudno. Our day trips are open to our carers and their family and friends and our coaches accommodate wheelchairs to be clamped in so no-one misses out – a lovely family day out making wonderful memories!

Carers Get Together - Evening Meals Out

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

Nothing better than having a catch up over a bite to eat – especially a curry!! We organise evening meals out for our carers as we understand that being a carer can often leaving you feeling isolated or over time lacking confidence to go out socialising . Our social nights enable carers to come along and meet others in a friendly environment and help build confidence in social settings.

Celebrating our Volunteers

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

CARES organises many activities/sessions for our Carers, we have a staff team of 11 made up of full and part time staff. We rely heavily on support from our network of Volunteers, who freely give up their time and skills to help us in supporting family carers in Sandwell. During Volunteers Week, we like to say a big thank you to our Volunteers and have a chit chat over a bite to eat.

Carers Get Together - Lunch

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

Carers enjoying a bite to eat before our visit to the theatre to see the Christmas Panto – we organise a couple of visits to the theatre every year – always a laugh, but not before a nice bit of lunch!

Easter Crafts & Raffle

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

An example of the crafts we organise at our Carer Support Coffee Breaks – Carers can participate in craft sessions, raffles, bingo and quizzes at our regular Carer Support Coffee Breaks which we hold around the borough of Sandwell. These sessions are held weekly/fortnightly and give carers the opportunity to meet with other carers for social and emotional support. Some carers have formed great friendships outside of our groups and regularly enjoy their own get togethers.

Posted 57 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

Working closely with Mecca Bingo Wednesbury, our Carers are able to enjoy fun, social nights out at Mecca Bingo Wednesbury. Carers are offered Bingo Night specials and thoroughly enjoy these nights outs. These are a great opportunity to meet other carers in a fun, relaxed atmosphere – plenty of laughs had and the odd win goes down a treat!!

Carers Support in action

Posted 89 days ago | By Janet Whitworth

Groups of carers enjoying social and emotional support away from their caring duties

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  1. Posted on August 22, 2017

    It’s so lovely to be appreciated as a carer, and for an organisation like CARES (Supporting Carers in Sandwell) to understand our issues, to battle on our behalf and to support us when we need help. We often get isolated and wrapped up in phoning, writing letters or emails, or talking to health & social care professionals, but we don’t always manage to get a break. CARES provides those much-needed friendly breaks, an opportunity to meet socially, and take part in normal everyday activities that we would otherwise miss out on and to share with others who understand our needs! Teresa x

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