THANK YOU THE BOOTH CHARITIES

The Booth Charities have continued their support for young carers in Salford with two incredible donations in the run up to Christmas;

1. They have made a donation towards Christmas activities for young carers which again this year will cover taking up to 60 young carers to our special pantomime night at Salford Arts Theatre in December.

2. They have also agreed a grant to cover all the costs of the allowing the 4 young carers involved in the development of the "Who Cares" play to make 4 "live" appearances during the national tour meaning they can visit Penrith to run sessions for school pupils and attend the final show of the tour at the House of Lords.

 A great supporter of young carers, and young people in general in Salford, a lot of what we do would not be possible without the continual support from The Booth Charity and we are proud to be associated with them.

THANK YOU

Salford Carers Centre - Carers Rights Day(s) 2017

It is Carers Rights Day on Friday 24th November and to give as many carers as possible access to information, advice, support and for new carers to register Gaddum's Salford Carers Centre has decided to turn it into Salford Carers Rights Week!

We will be out and about at the following places;

Monday 20th - Tesco @ Pendleton

Tuesday 21st - Morrisons @ Eccles

Thursday 23rd - Tesco @ Irlam

Friday 24th - Woodland Hospital Little Hulton

Friday 24th - Salford Royal Hospital

Also on Friday 24th we will be taking part in the regional event in Manchester run by GM Carers Partnership, of which we are a member-This event includes consultation sessions, fun events and lunch.

All sessions are free to drop into BUT the event in Manchester needs to be booked as there is a free lunch(!) via Salford Carers Centre on 0161 212 5451 or via Salford.Carers@gaddum.co.uk  

Hope to see as many of you as possible over the week, old friends and new.

CHRISTMAS JINGLE JOGGING FUND RAISER

On Sunday December the 3rd if you wander down to Salford Quays/Media City at around 10.00 you'll be greeted by an amazing site as thousands of runners dressed as Santas, and images from the Nativity, walk/jog/run around a 5K course on Salford's

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The staff team at Salford Carers Centre are taking this as an opportunity to raise funds for support groups and activities for adult carers in the city during 2018.

We are increasingly running Wellbeing and Information groups for adult carers and supporting the setting up of peer support groups, as well as offering fun activities. All of this costs money and as with carers aged 24 and under all the running costs of groups and activities has to be raised either by charitable donations or small grants.

So its amazing that 8 of the staff team are giving up their Sunday morning to take part in this fund raising effort.

Please support them by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jinglejogging and making a donation as big or as small as you want.

All money raised will go directly on activities for carers aged 25+

THANK YOU

CARERS CHRISTMAS CRAFTERNOON!!

Come and join us for some festive crafts and refreshments at our first crafting group session.

Either bring your own crafting project or come and try one of our exciting festive craft activities for fun!!

Have a brew and mince pie and meet other carers

All welcome

WEDNESDAY 13TH DECEMBER

12.30 - 2.30

SALFORD FIRE STATION

COMMUNITY ROOM

60, LIVERPOOL STREET

SALFORD M5 4LT

Please book your place by

ringing 0161 212 5451

email Salford.carers@gaddum.co.uk

Bookings only required so we can make sure we have enough crafts and refreshments for everyone!!

SEE YOU THERE

GM CARERS PARTNERSHIP CARERS RIGHTS DAY EVENT

This year on Carers Rights Day the Greater Manchester Carers Partnership invites you to an unmissable event;

MAKING IT REAL

Friday 24th November

10.30 - 3.00

Methodist Central Buildings

Oldham Street

Manchester

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Pledge your commitment to supporting carers in Greater Manchester, listen to what they have to say, say it yourself as a carer, make sure your views are taken forwards.

Explore the work being undertaken by the GM Carers Partnership, working across the region, developing strong bonds to make the region a better place for carers.

Our commitment to carers is to work with organisations, businesses and Services across the region to support them in committing to the identification of carers and connecting them to the support available. We are committed to developing a strong and consistent "promise" to carers in the region, a region that will truly support and value carers.

BOOKING INFORMATION

The event is free however as a light lunch will be provided places need to be booked. In Salford we have 25 places and these are going fast.

If you wish to attend please book your place as soon as possible by either

ringing 0161 215 5451

or

emailing Salford.carers@gaddum.co.uk

Look forward to see you all    

WHEN CARING ENDS

                                                                                                                                                                     

 A new 3 week course for former carers.                                                                                

The course is designed to help you move forward after your caring role, whatever the reason. The sessions will focus on positive routines, confidence building, work and training in a relaxed, friendly & confidential environment.

Where?

Agecroft Community Fire Station

Bolton Rd

Pendlebury, M27 8XS

 

Time?

10:00am – 12:30pm

When?

Every Friday for Three Weeks

Friday 1st December 2017

Friday 8th December 2017

Friday 15th December 2017

To book your place please call 0161 212 5451 or email us at Salford.carers@gaddum.co.uk

 

 

CARERS CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP

Beat the Winter Blues with our Wellbeing Workshop!

It's before Christmas, the bills are piling up and you still haven't bought your presents, it seems like there isn't enough time in the day for you to relax…                                                                                                                          

Does this sound familiar?  Our winter workshop explores ways in which to keep ourselves well over what can be a stressful and emotional time.  How can we find time for ourselves when we care for others?  What can we do to make sure we enjoy the holiday season too?

The workshop will take place at Eccles Fire Station on Wednesday 29th November, from 9.30am to 11.30am. 

To book your place contact 0161 212 5451 or email salford.carers@gaddum.co.uk

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Autumn Wellbeing Course for Adult Carers

September saw the roll out of the second wellbeing course for adult carers. The six week course of workshops looked at a range of themes in relation to wellbeing.

We looked at what wellbeing means to us, how we can keep ourselves well and how we juggle this with our caring roles.

We created wellbeing boxes and joined in relaxation and energising activities.

In addition to the time we spent at Broughton Hub doing the indoor activities the group decided to meet after the course finished for a walk together in Worsley Woods polished off by coffee and cake.

Here are some of the things that carers who came along said about the course.

“It was a nice change speaking to other people who understand the difficulties of being a carer”

“I enjoyed the course and it has given me something to look forward to. I have made new friends.”

"The humour of the Salford Carers Centre staff was infectious, it relaxed everyone2

So huge thank you to Annette, Kate and Laura for once again planning and running an excellent course and to all the carers for sharing and being so supportive of each other. 

 

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WHO CARES NATIONAL TOUR

7 years ago we started a partnership with the Lowry Theatre in Salford to look at ways of using the arts to not only engage with young carers but as a way of helping them tell their stories, helping them put their issues on the table and to help them influence politicians both locally and nationally. Due to the amazing support of the incredible staff at the Lowry, from the CEO down, those 7 years have been incredible but who would have thought that one of our partnership projects would be going on a national tour.

Who Cares has embarked on a five-week, 27-venue national tour – culminating in a performance at The House of Lords in Westminster from 30 October- 5 December. 

Who Cares is a gripping verbatim theatre production based on 2 years of interviews that offers a rare insight into a year in the lives of young carers from Salford.  The play aims to help identify ‘hidden’ young carers in society and signpost them to support available through local young carers services. 

Who Cares, was written by Matt Woodhead and co-produced by The Lowry and LUNG Theatre, who are Associate Artists at the Salford-based venue. It was made in partnership with The Gaddum Centre’s Salford Carers Service. 

The 27 youth settings across the country are non-traditional theatre spaces – these venues have been chosen in partnership with Onside Youth Zones – a national youth center charity, Aldridge Education – the academy schools chain founded by Sir Rod Aldridge and local Young Carers Services

Who Cares began in 2016 when The Lowry and Salford Young Carers Service commissioned a new production from LUNG that would shine a light on the untold stories of young carers in Salford.

It is estimated that there are more than 700,000 young carers in the UK. These are children and young people, aged 17 and under, who provide unpaid care to a family member because of a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug / alcohol addiction. These young people often manage a wide range of responsibilities from practical tasks like cooking, managing budgets and picking up prescriptions, through to providing personal care and emotional support for their families. What’s more, they are often managing these responsibilities under the radar of professionals, schoolteachers and friends.

We know that many young carers are not aware there is support available to them so we wanted to commission a piece of theatre that would help young carers identify themselves, and help the adults and peers around them better understand the reality these young carers are facing. We also wanted to give young carers a voice in front of the politicians and decision makers who can lobby for a change in policy so that there is more support for young carers across the country.

LUNG are one of The Lowry’s Associate Artist companies who specialise in verbatim theatre. This is a kind of theatre where actors use the actual words of real life people onstage. LUNG followed and interviewed a group of young carers in Salford for a year to build up a picture of their day to day lives. They also talked to teachers, politicians and the young carers’ parents. Then they crafted that into a professional production, working with the young carers throughout to make sure that what was being seen onstage was honest, authentic and true to them.

The response to the initial one off show was extraordinary. Within a couple of weeks we had heard from more than 20 schools and organisations wanting us to take the show on tour. So, with the generous support of Curious Minds and The Oglesby Charitable Trust we are now embarking on a five-week national tour, beginning in Salford and ending at the House of Lords, Westminster.

About The Show

The Alarm Rings, You Take a Breath, Then it Starts...

Sitting at the back of the bus, skipping the lunch queue and skiving lessons. At school Nicole, Jade and Connor are just like everybody else. But when they get home, things are very different.

Nicole started caring for her mum when she was four. Every morning Nicole helps her get washed, put on clothes and eat breakfast. Jade has always cared for her brother, but she never expected to look after dad as well - now she juggles two lots of appointments, two lots of prescriptions, two lots of assessment forms. Connor cares for his mum. But he doesn't like to talk about it.

Adapted from real-life testimonies, this bold and pertinent piece of documentary theatre examines our failing system, the impact of austerity and what happens when a child becomes the parent.

As Who Cares tours the 26 youth settings it will reach over 3000 young people nationally. In each area we have connected with the young carers service who will be present at each performance to offer support and information to young people, teachers and youth workers.

 

 

 

Ciaron, The Lowry, Salford Young Carers-True Partnership

Ciaron is a very inspirational young man who it is a pleasure to support. His involvement over a number of years with the Partnership Projects has seen him grow as a young man, developing his confidence, self esteem and illustrating him as a very caring person for all those around him. This is his blog, his explanation why the Partnership is so cool.

Throughout this project I have grown as a person as well as a carer.

Seeing everything come together  as well as my sister’s project as well. Watching them grow  alongside us made us feel so connected with it . The Project I am involved in is a verbatim play, and despite my prior prejudice and lack of knowledge of verbatim I have actually found the project quite amazing, it helps me express my feelings in a way that benefits me but also others as it can be represented within art that others can enjoy and find beneficial to hemselves.

Working with Matt allows me to talk about my experiences in life and reflect on them in a proud retrospective way. Then seeing it slowly manifest as a script composed with other people's life experiences and feelings makes me overjoyed on a level beyond anything I had ever felt before. It existing in itself is a victory worth celebrating.

The process of the play involves four different young carers/young adult carers all expressing our experiences and opinions on things like school, life, entertainment and most importantly caring.....then leaving it to the genius in adaptation, Matt, who transforms the entire thing into a dramatic masterpiece greater than all creation....maybe not that good but close!! Watching the whole thing on the big stage made me weep with joy........

My smaller sister a.k.a. Mara as a teenage girl has recently been involved with a project of her own which made me happier than even my own project. For very deep brotherly reasons seeing her up there in beautiful photography and reciting majestic poetry I found hit close to home for the 3rd annual young carers day collaboration between the Lowry and Salford Young Carers.

It was a massive milestone for her, and all of the group, and I'm ultimately proud of all she's done. It made me especially happy because she has a public speaking fear that she had to overcome as well as it being a personal issue. It really goes to show the power  it can have on people involved in the projects, people grow by being involved, so imagine the effects that the pieces of media can have on others.

In conclusion, I find it a wonderful experience that can be numinous and altruistic despite it being entirely human in essence, it overpowers me at certain times but I can't thank the Lowry enough.

About the project

The Alarm Rings, You Take a Breath, Then it Starts…

Sitting at the back of the bus, skipping the lunch queue and skiving lessons. At school Nicole, Jade and Connor are just like everybody else. But when they get home, things are very different.

Nicole started caring for her mum when she was four. Every morning Nicole helps her get washed, put on clothes and eat breakfast. Jade has always cared for her brother, but she never expected to look after dad as well – now she juggles two lots of appointments, two lots of prescriptions, two lots of assessment forms. Connor cares for his mum. But he doesn’t like to talk about it.

Adapted from real-life testimonies, this bold and pertinent piece of documentary theatre examines our failing system, the impact of austerity and what happens when a child becomes the parent.

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Who Cares embarks on a five-week, 27-venue national tour – culminating in a performance at The House of Lords in Westminster from 30 October- 5 December.

Who Cares is a gripping verbatim theatre production based on a year of interviews that offers a rare insight into a year in the lives of three young carers from Salford.  The play aims to help identify ‘hidden’ young carers in society and signpost them to support available through local young carers services.

Who Cares, was written by Matt Woodhead and co-produced by The Lowry and LUNG Theatre, who are Associate Artists at the Salford-based venue. It was made in partnership with The Gaddum Centre’s Salford Carers Service.

 The 27 youth settings across the country are non-traditional theatre spaces – these venues have been chosen in partnership with Onside Youth Zones – a national youth centre charity, Aldridge Education – the academy schools chain founded by Sir Rod Aldridge and local Young Carers Services across the country.

 #WhoCaresTour www.whocarestour.org.uk