Carers Week – A Week in Review

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Slough Carers Support supported Carer’s Week and the carer groups in running a variety of events/activities from Monday 6 June to Sunday 12 June, by raising awareness of the challenges faced by unpaid carers and the contribution they make to families and communities.With this year’s theme being ‘Making caring Visible, Valued, and Supported’, Slough Carers Support organised their first face-to-face Slough Carers Networking Forum, where over 50 carers, along with their cared for, joined in and had the opportunity for their voices/concerns to be heard. It was a great networking platform with special guest speakers, including Marc Gadsby, Acting Executive Director, People – Adults, Slough Borough Council, Jeremy Sandell, CEO, CAB, Trish Young, Manager, Slough Crossroads and Sue King, Manager, Slough Foodbank, talking about the most pressing issue of the moment, poverty/ the cost of living crisis and how it is affecting many carers and their families and what local support is out there for them to access. Marcia Wright, Slough 50plus Forum said: “Congratulations on the successful running of the first face-to-face Carers Networking Forum. Great to have these forums back up and running!”Thank you to Creative Academy for providing an energising entertainment set that got many carers off their chairs and into the swing of the classic YMCA!Pushpa Kharbanda enjoying the entertainment. Photo credit Mike SwiftView more photosThank you to all our sponsors for gift bags and goodies – Slough Modest Sisters, Slough Business Community Partnership, AntzKidz, Asda Slough, Tesco Slough and MooGoo Skin Care products.And last but certainly not least, thank you to everyone for making our first Slough Carers Forum a success and so many carers to be valued, visible and supported, a chance to hear your stories and hear your voice of concern so we can all try and work together with statutory services and the local authority to make it better for YOU as a CARER but also to meet the needs of your loved one.Other activities that took place during the week included: Arts & Crafts classes  thank you to Marinela Caldarus for running these free classes in Slough for carers. Carers enjoyed painting on wood and canvas and took home their work with a great sense of pride. Tea, Coffee & Cake Morning – thank you to all carers that attended our tea, coffee and cake morning, with special thanks to Cippenham Carers Lead Zhora Jefferies for encouraging her carers to come along. Thank you to the Wellbeing Champions Coordinators for assisting with TIER 1 Assessments and having those strength based conversations with the carers and their cared for. Thank you to Asda Slough for sponsoring the goodies to give away and finally thank you to Mustaqbill Foundation Café Brew Hut and Nazar Lodhi for great hospitality, booking of the venue, delicious refreshments and a superb atmosphere.         Bhangra Session – thank you to Apna Virsa for arranging the class. Santosh Birly said: “Enjoyed the bhangra class very much, huge thanks to Seema and Jasmine.”

Final thoughts from Kinder Bassi, Slough Carers Support & Wellbeing Manager: “People take on the role of a carer because they care, they want to do it – but it can still be tough and lonely at times. We want people to know it doesn’t have to be and that we are there to help and offer support. I would encourage more carers to identify themselves and reach out for support that may be beneficial to them and their role in the long term.”