Young Adult Carers-Get your Views Heard

Salford City Council are running a survey to collate the views of carers aged 16 to 24 on the services they receive and looking at what their priorities are.

This is your opportunity to be heard-are your issues/priorities the same as the people who commission services? What is missing from your point of view, what could be better? Your Service so please have your say.

If we know you already you will have received the survey in the post, but if you are a carers aged 16-24 and are not registered with us that's ok you can still complete It as long as you live in Salford, then if you want to access any support just ring us on 0161 212 5451 and ask to speak to a members of the young carers or young adult carers team.

The survey can be found at;

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QD9Z89X

 

 

 

What an Amazing Few Weeks

On the 2nd October we moved into our new office base at Langworthy Cornerstones and once we had settled in, made so easy by the warm welcome we received from all the staff working there the teams seem to have found an amazing new lease of life that I feel needs commenting on.

No time during the year is an easy time for the carers we support, no matter their age, and the team consistently work to offer as much support, advice or guidance as they possible can. Supporting carers set up their own peer support groups, offering group, individual and family support, and working in partnership with carers to raise awareness and understanding of the issues carers of all ages face.

However the 30th of October heralded the start of an amazing level of activity not in place of the "normal" daily work loads but as well as, extra activities and engagement.

In the last 5 weeks all workers, no matter what team they are on, have seriously raised the bar with their commitment to supporting carers. They have;

1. Turned Carers Rights Day into Carers Rights week with 5 information sessions in Supermarkets and Hospital, meeting over 300 new and old carers.

2. Attended the GM consultation on carers issues, with a group of carers, and helped facilitate the event.

3. Ran extra support groups for adult carers including sessions on Beating the Christmas Blues and a 6 session Well-Being Course.

4. Ran a day conference for Salford Council on engaging with the Seldom Heard, with the emphasis on young people with special educational needs.

5. Ran a conference for Campus Living Villages, an International Organisation providing accommodation for students. The conference looked at identification of and support for student carers.  

6. Supported the WHO CARES tour with our partners The Lowry and Lung Theatre. Enabling the young carers involved to visit tour venues, do Q & A sessions with audiences and supporting local venues with "wellbeing support" during performances.

7. Started monthly Wellbeing walks.

On top of all of the above 11 members of the teams also gave up a Sunday morning to run the Jingle Jog Santa run at Salford Quays, raising money for activities in 2018 for carers aged 24+

So no slowly down for the festive period for this lot, they've just picked up speed!!

I would like to use this opportunity to say a huge thank you to them for their work in 2017, wish them, all our partners, and all our main partners-Salford's unpaid family carers of all ages, a very happy Christmas, and enjoyable festive period and a New Year full of potential and happiness

Christmas Jingle Jog-Thanks team amazing effort

Christmas Jingle Jog-Thanks team amazing effort

Young Carers, Cast members, Lee, Paul and Matt-Who Cares Tour Launch

Young Carers, Cast members, Lee, Paul and Matt-Who Cares Tour Launch

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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