Young Calderdale Carers
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.”
Take a look at the available roles and read further to find out more about what Making Space Calderdale does.
- CWSC Volunteer fundraiser Flexible / can be done from home
- CWSC- Volunteer Getting Online Support Various days/times
- CWSC- Volunteer group support As and when needed
- CWSC Volunteer Office Admin Assistant Various days/times
- CWSC- Volunteer phone support – Various : Mon – Fri 9am 5pm
- CWSC Volunteer Shopping Assistant – Various days/times
- CWCS Volunteer Young Adult Carer Group Support 3-6 hours per month / evenings and weekends
- CWSC Volunteer Awareness Raising and Promoting
About Carers Wellbeing Service Calderdale
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.
To find out more about these positions, please contact Aidan Greenwood
t: 01422 369101
Across West Yorkshire over 1500 young carers are registered with young carers services who support them with everyday challenges such as juggling school, friendships, social life and caring for their loved one.
Working together with West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP), over ten young carers have developed a young carers cookbook aimed at highlighting the incredible work they do alongside support available to them across the area.
Engagement with young carers highlighted a need for co-produced resources for young carers to support their health and well-being, resulting in the launch of the WY HCP Young Carers Support App, and production of the Let’s Eat: Young Carers Cookbook.
The cookbook will be widely available online, via the Young Carers Support App on West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership website, www.wypartnership.co.uk
Working in partnership with Verd de Gris arts – an award-winning creative arts company from Hebden Bridge – the cookbook was designed via creative workshops to co-produce the content. The purpose of the workshops was to create a fun environment enabling young people to talk about food and recipes, combining that with their own unique stories. Carers ages ranged from six to fourteen years old. This artistic content and the voice of the young carer has been beautifully and skilfully captured by Ver de Gris arts in the creation of the cookbook.
Tim Riley and Beate Wagner Co-chair of the WY HCP Programme for Children and Young People said: ‘During the pandemic more children and young people have taken on caring roles or have noted an increase in their caring responsibilities. 40% of young carers and 59% of young adult carers say their mental health is worse since the start of the pandemic (Carers Trust, 2021). With 11% of young carers and 19.7% of young adult carers reporting an increase of 30 hours or more in the amount of time they spend caring per week having access to quick and healthy meals has never been more important. Never has it been more important to identify and support young carers to be happy and healthy’.
Karen Jackson and Richard Parry Co-chair of the WY HCP Programme for Unpaid Carers said: ‘The cookbook will be launched via a Young Carers Cookbook roadshow starting in Bradford on the 19 October, and then Harrogate (25 October), Leeds (26 October), Wakefield (27 October) and Kirklees (28 October), before making its final stop in Calderdale early November. The roadshow will include an interactive session on how to make healthy pizzas delivered by Huddersfield based The Singing Pineapple Catering Co, and designed in partnership with Wakefield Council, Carers Resource, Barnardo’s, Family Action and Calderdale Council to ensure each event is bespoke to meet the specific demographic and needs of our diverse communities. The events are taking place in outdoor venues and provide an opportunity to shine a light and celebrate the fantastic role young carers do, share healthy messages and officially launch the cookbook’.
One young carer who took part said: ‘ I love making recipes and recipe books too! I am 12 years old and a cook in my house. I make food that blows you mind…NEVER give up on your cooking skills and don’t put pressure on yourself’. Olivia aged 12
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