There is information around Cost of Living, Carers updates and events, support services and contact information for useful organisations. You will also find a wealth of activities and helpful workshops taking place throughout the term.
Carers week 2022 is taking place from 6 – 12 June 2022. This year’s theme is ‘Visible, Valued and Supported’.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognising the valuable contribution they make to families and communities.
The West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) are using carers week to reach the estimated 400,000 unpaid carers across West Yorkshire. They will be highlighting a different theme during each of the seven days.
An unpaid carer cares for family or friends who have a disability, illness or who needs support in later life: washing them, doing their laundry, their dishes, keeping appointments and records, filling forms, and dealing with a range of health of health professionals.
On the launch of carers week (Monday 6 June) the focus will be on the health and social care issues affecting carers, as they have been impacted hard by the pandemic. Throughout the week they will also be recognising and celebrating the incredibly valuable contribution that carers make.
With only 50,000 registered unpaid carers (with their local GP surgery) across West Yorkshire – there is a real need to encourage more people to identify so they can get the support they need when living across Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield District.
Resources made alongside local carers will be made available online. These include a young carer education pack and a ‘Working Carers Passport’ guide for managers. The ‘Message in a Bottle’ Lions Charity International initiative will also be available to local carers.
You can follow all the activity during the week by following @WYpartnership or visit www.wypartnership.co.uk/carers-week-2022 where you can find all the resources and details of your local carer organisation.
Fatima Khan-Shah leads the unpaid carers programme and is an Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership said“Carers Week is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the contribution of all carers from different backgrounds and ages to their families and local communities, workplaces and society. Caring impacts on all aspects of life from relationships to health and finances and without the right information and support can be incredibly tough, so please do contact your local carer organisation.”
Richard Parry, a Senior Responsible Officer for the unpaid carers programme and Strategic Director Adults and Health at Kirklees Council said “At the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership we do not underestimate the challenges of caring – because we work with you and listen to your experiences. Our message to local unpaid carers this ‘Carers Week’ is we see you; we hear you and we are working hard to support you. We hope during the week we are able to raise much needed awareness and recognise the valuable contribution local carers make.”
Jan Archbold an older carer from Wakefield who has made a video in support of Carers Week said “You have to look after yourself. I have learned so much from other carers, living the same life I live. Please don’t be on your own, get peer support. You learn from each other, get some relief and have fun.”
Within our service we offer specialist support to young adult carers aged 18-25 and as part of this we run monthly activity sessions for the group. These sessions may include bowling, meals out and day trips. We are looking for a volunteer to support our young adult carers lead during these sessions.
Why should you volunteer?
This is a great opportunity to meet people, learn things whilst also utilising your skills and experiences. You would be making a difference supporting people to have fun whilst also using their strengths to build confidence. You would be encouraging people to keep active either physically or mentally which has positive benefits on health and wellbeing.
Carers Wellbeing Service would like to invite you and the person(s) you care for to dress from your favourite decade and join us for an afternoon of singing and dancing to celebrate the Queen’s Jublilee, Carers Week and Making Space’s 40th Anniversary!
Wednesday 8th June 12:30 – 3:30 pm
At the King’s Centre (near People’s Park)
So get your dancing shoes on, put on your fancies and your sparkle and come to the Dress Up and Dance through the Decades event!
The Event will include lunch, professional entertainment, a raffle, tombola, Jubilee photo booth and a prize for the best dressed!
For more information, please ring : 01422 369101
Venue: The King’s Centre, Park Road, Halifax HX1 2TS
Find out what is happening with Making Space Calderdale, the dedicated Carers Wellbeing service!
You will find carer aimed support groups old and new, information on their volunteering opportunities, opportunities such as tablet loaning support for Young Adult carers (YACS), events and activities, information on the upcoming carers week (commencing June 8th) and much more!
To celebrate the launch of the new service Making Space are hosting an event on:
Thursday 25th November 10am-2pm at The King’s Centre in Halifax
The event is open to carers, the person they care for and professionals. The event will provide an opportunity for you to meet the team, hear about all the support we will be offering to carers and to also find out about other services that support carers in Calderdale.
Feel free to call in for as long as you can and a buffet lunch and refreshments will be available. Coronavirus guidance will also be followed and we will be encouraging all in attendance to wear a mask.
We are looking for volunteers that want to help others, are caring, patient, have good communication skills, and reliable. Some experience of supporting group activity is beneficial.
To find out more, contact Deborah by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01422 369101
Post: Carers Wellbeing Service Calderdale, Suite 6b Rimani House, 14-16 Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5BD
As the New Year starts it can be a good opportunity to look at making some positive changes and how to achieve these. The special Young Carers Newsletter will give some suggestions of things that can help improve carers lives for the better. It might be that over the year you want to try all 5 or that 1 is just enough for you!
Download the full newsletter here and see some upcoming events that you may like to join at the bottom of this page.
Improving Health and Wellbeing
As a carer you may feel you have very little time to focus on your own health and wellbeing, but it is so important! There is lots of support available in this area and sometimes it just requires a small amount of time to start making changes!
Managing Your Money
Issues with finances are often very common with carers, from understanding the benefits system to learning budgeting skills, there are lots of difficulties carers face but also lots of advice and support available. Calderdale Carers caseworkers are able to offer some advice but also have a good knowledge of other services if you require in-depth specialist support.
Making More Time to Socialise
Carers often say they don’t have enough time to meet with their friends, family or other carers. Calderdale Carers feel that these relationships are essential to all of us.
Taking up a new Hobby or Learning A New Skill
Have you ever thought about going back to education to learn a new language, find out about your family history or complete a first aid course? Then Calderdale Adult Learning might have a course for you.
Sorting Out Your Affairs
The new year can be a good time to start thinking about and preparing for the future. At Calderdale Carers we can offer you advice and information on lasting power of attorney, making a will and funeral planning. This can include sending you out printed information, talking through a specific issue or signposting you to where you can get help.
Some activities coming up;
Better Living Session/ Cinema Trip – Monday 28 January, 4:00pm.
Info session at Rimani House with the Better Living Team followed by a film at the Vue in Halifax (will be chosen nearer the time) Includes entry to cinema and £7pp for drink and snacks.
Tea out at Pizza Hut – Thursday 7 March, 5:00pm
Meeting at Pizza Hut. £20 allowance for food and drink.
LaserZone – Wednesday 17 April, 4:00pm
Pick up at the office at 4pm. Session includes 2 games of laser tag, a drink and snack.
Bowling – Tuesday 14 May, 5:00pm
Meeting at Electric Bowl for 2 games, food and drink.
To participate in any of the activities please contact Lydia on 01422 369101 or 07858 714068
A new Facebook Support Group has been created to foster a community of carers made up of those that have a responsibility of providing care for their partner, other family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or an addiction.
The group will provide a space through which members can connect with each other in order to:
Overcome the isolation and loneliness that carers often feel
Share thoughts and ideas
Listen and be heard on the challenges you may be facing
Provide and receive support
Learn what help and support is available for carers
Perhaps in Carers Week 11-17 June you could take the opportunity to meet other carers online.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.
This Carers Week, we’re coming together to build communities that support the health and wellbeing of carers. Around 6.5 million people in the UK are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own well-being whilst caring. The impact of caring on health and well-being should not be underestimated this Carers week we will be looking to share examples of good practice from supporters of which have helped carers to stay Healthy and Connected.
Carers Week (12-18 June) is an annual awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.
At the beginning of Carers Week Monday 12 June there will be a Complimentary Therapies Day held at the Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Road, Halifax. Between 10 am and 2 pm there will be treatments available for registered carers including shoulder/neck massage, Indian head massage, reflexology. There will also be henna hand painting and face painting for children.
Different professionals will be available to answer your questions and you will be able to obtain advice from other organisations.
If you wish to book in for any of the treatments be sure to book a place by Wednesday 7th June as places are limited.
To get further information call Julie on 01422 369101, Natasha on 07815 493442.