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 don’t 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.
Carers groups in Slough put together a host of online activities during the week of 8-14 June to give carers the chance to take some time out from their caring responsibilities and enjoy some fun and laughter.
Highlights of the week included a live cooking demonstration with Nasima from Khatun’s Kitchen, singing with Michelle from Slough CVS, an array of activities put on by Special Voices and a relaxing Yoga Meditation class with Apna Virsa.
If you had problems accessing the events or would like support or advice, please contact Slough Carers Support on 01753 303428 or you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Cook Live with Khatun’s Kitchen
On Tuesday, Slough Carers Support welcomed Nasima from Khatun’s Kitchen for a mouth-watering live demonstration on how to make Tortilla Samosas. Carers were able to cook along live with Nasima who was on hand to offer helpful tips at every stage, from how to make the filling hotter, to expert advice on how to fold the tortillas.
Singing with Michelle from Slough Carers Support
Thursday saw Slough CVS’s very own singing sensation Michelle, lead carers in a karaoke style singing session.
Jessica Faul, a carer who attended the session said, “Singing with Michelle was relaxed, fun and morale-raising. Michelle has a not only a fine voice but also the gift of being able to put people at ease, gently and calmly raising their spirits. It was great to meet online with others in a similar position to myself as well as some of the lovely people at Slough CVS who really care about us carers. A big ‘thank you’ from me. I’d love to do it again.”
Resilience & Rainbows
Bep Dhaliwal from Thrive 365 hosted a resilience session on Thursday, to help Carers create their very own pathway to better mental and emotional wellbeing. Thank you to Bep for volunteering her time and for delivering such a positive session.
Fun activities from Special Voices
Special Voices, a voluntary group of parent/carers, all carers themselves of children/young people & adults with additional needs, has been involved with Carers Week again this year, with lots of online activities, from art and fancy dress, to bingo and flower arranging.
The Chair of Special Voices said, “From the start of lockdown we have been running weekly on-line coffee days and offering carers information, guest speakers and one to one support after the sessions plus delivering food and goodies, hence adding extra telephone lines. We will send Carers a ‘Thank you for being a Carer’ wristband with an invitation to afternoon tea when it is safe to do so. We have also delivered Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyards and shopping cards for their cared for, hopefully to make life easier for them.”
Apna Virsa Yoga Meditation Class
To round off Carers Week, Apna Virsa put on a relaxing Yoga Meditation class with Kiran and special guest, her son Dominic. Together they brought smiles to many faces, encouraging youngsters to stay active too and spreading positivity. Participant Ozlem Gulenc commented, “That was so nice, thank you!”
Seema Kamboj, project leader for Apna Virsa, added, “Carers Week is a great chance for the unsung heroes of the lockdown – home carers – to be thanked and made a fuss of. We were so pleased to see so many carers taking advantage of the daily online sessions.”
A thank you to Slough Carers
The team at Slough Carers Support prepared goody bags with items donated by, Islamic Food Trust, Tesco, Colnbrook Cares, Antz Kids, Langley Covid Support Group, Antz Kidz and Kinder, Social Prescribing Link Worker at Slough CVS. RB kindly supplied candles and diffusers, facilitated by Slough Business Community Partnership.
The packs were given to Carer groups including Special Voices, Asian Carers Group and Cippenham Carers.
Zhora Jefferies, Founder of Cippenham Carers said of carers receiving their goody bags, “They were over the moon to be pampered during this difficult time of coronavirus. It was good to see them keeping safe and well. They kept their distance and were pleased to see other carers that happened to be there.”
Slough Young Carers thank NHS staff during Carers Week
During Carers Week, Slough Young Carers took over social media with a Q and A with Bilal Baig, physiotherapist, to help ensure the young carers live healthier lives.
Young carers make an incredible contribution both to their own families and our communities. Slough Young Carers aims to enhance the lives of young carers outside of caring, ensuring they reach their full potential as well as looking after their physical and mental health.
On Wednesday, Aik Saath’s young volunteers met up on Zoom to bake for frontline NHS workers. A week earlier, thirty of them prepared for the baking session by passing their Level 2 Award in Food Hygiene and Handling, on-line.
Rob Deeks, CEO, Aik Saath said, “During lockdown we have delivered a broad range of activities for young carers, mostly using Zoom. The number of young carers accessing our services has risen quite dramatically. We hope that more young carers come to know of our services due to our awareness-raising activities during Carers Week.”