Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who do not think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. The theme for this year’s was ‘Making Caring Visible and Valued’,
What Slough Carers Support and partners did to make caring visible and valued during Carers Week
Kinder Bassi, Slough Carers Support Lead, started the week by thanking all Slough carers and inviting them to take some time out. Watch the video
Carers groups in Slough put together a host of online activities during the week of 7-13 June, to give carers the chance to take a break from their caring responsibilities and enjoy some fun and laughter.
Highlights of the week included:
A free lunch for carers courtesy of Tom King at the Herschel Arms
The sunshine brought out over 50 carers to the Herschel Arms, it was lovely to see so many smiling faces.
Zhora Jefferies, Founder of Cippenham Carers said, “The carers were over the moon to be pampered during this difficult time of coronavirus. They enjoyed seeing each other for the first time in ages and having a meal together certainly put a smile on their faces! It was good to see them keeping safe and well. They kept their distance and were pleased to be out of their homes. A big gratitude to Tom King who facilitated a delicious lunch and dessert for our carers”.
Live cooking demonstrations with Orooja from OVegan Kitchen
Cippenham Carers Lunch
Bollywood singing with Saida
A Carers Poetry Showcase
Memories (G) by Dolly Bhaskaran, winner of best poem with a selection of books as the prize, donated by Slough Libraries
Plus a relaxing self-awareness session by Slough Community Mental Health Team and an array of activities put on by Special Voices, from art and fancy dress, to bingo and flower arranging. Slough’s Young Carers also took to social media to show people living in our town and beyond, what it means to be a young carer to them and were also busy designing their own week’s activity diary, from Pizza in the Park, to quizzes and outdoor activities.
Carers Week Prize Winners
Congratulations to Sheryl who won the £25 Afternoon Tea Voucher draw and Jan and Samantha who received goody bags for signing up to, and engaging with Carers’ Week activities.
A massive THANK YOU from Slough Carers Support to everyone who got involved, whether you ran activities, added your voice to the national wall, made a pledge or took part in our Myths and Busting campaign, your support brought Carers’ Week to life.
Thank you to Slough Carers Week sponsors and supporters:
AntzKidz, Asda, A Slice of Elegance (*Afternoon Tea Vouchers), Knit Your Socks Off, Slough Outreach, Royal Collection Trust, Slough Business Community Partnership, Slough Libraries, KP Snacks, Tesco Slough Mencap for providing a the fish and chip supper for Cippenham Carers, Special Voices and Tom King from The Herschel Arms.