Supporting our carers
This week is Carers Week, running from 6 – 12 June. Carers Week recognises the contribution of, and challenges faced by, unpaid carers. A carer is someone who cares (unpaid) for family or friends who have a disability, illness or who need support in later life. They often need support to manage their own life.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care. Caring can impact carers’ lives, including their relationships, health, finances and work.
Many local organisations have volunteers who support carers in a number of ways both at home and in the community. If you are looking for a volunteer role and would like to support local carers, here are some of the ways that you could help:
Home-Start East Surrey has Home Visiting Volunteers who visit families in their own home, offering emotional and practical support to local families with young children.
Age UK Surrey‘s Volunteer Check in and Chat service is for older people so they can enjoy chatting with someone over the phone, all in the comfort of their own home. Volunteers call an older person and chat for around half an hour at a time which suits both volunteer and older person.
Age Concern Banstead’s Volunteer Befrienders visit elderly people in their own homes.
SeeAbility has a number of roles, including Drivers and Befrienders, supporting people with visual impairments.
YMCA East Surrey needs Playworker Volunteers and Disability Youth Group volunteers to help run disabled and youth schemes on Saturdays and during school holidays. These groups provide respite to families of disabled children.
These are just some examples of volunteer roles that support carers. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.varb.org.uk/i-want-to-volunteer/
Local social care charity Active Prospects and Surrey Care Association are calling on people to support their Care for Care campaign. The campaign aims to make society and Government recognise and reward care staff fairly by highlighting the skill and dedication of care and support staff and why great care matters.
You can support the campaign by:
- Liking and sharing #CareAboutCare posts on social media
- Creating your own social posts on why you care and post with the hashtag
- Taking a photo of yourself or others with your hands in the shape of a heart (like the images above) to share on social with the hashtag #careaboutcare
- Visiting www.careaboutcare.org.uk and click on the heart icon to show you care.