Carers Week 2020

Carers Week is 8-14 June and the theme is making caring visible. Join us in recognising the massive contribution carers make to families and communities. Throughout Carers Week we will be updating this page with resources, information and carers’ stories.

Follow our social media channels @CarersBSG and spread the word using the #MakingCaringVisible hashtag.

For COVID-19 guidance and resources, visit our regularly updated webpage.

Virtual events
#MakingCaringVisible videos
Carers open meeting videos
Young carers

Virtual events

Online Cafe for carers of inpatients
Wednesday 10 June
2pm – 3pm

We are launching our first virtual ‘Carers Cafe’ for carers of patients staying in the BRI, Southmead and South Bristol Community Hospital. If you would like to book a place or find out about future dates, get in touch with our hospital liaison team:
carersliaison@uhbw.nhs.uk
carersliaison@nbt.nhs.uk

Carers Assessments Zoom Webinar – Why Get One?
Thursday 11 June
10.30am – 11.30am

Join Jan Mussi and Neil McIntosh from Carers Support Centre and Julie Bonehill of Bristol City Council, for an online Q&A session about carers assessments. You will be able to ask your questions about carers assessments and Jan, Neil and Julie will answer them live.

Now is the time to have an up-to-date carers assessment to look at your support needs and develop a plan for the future. Bring your questions about anything you want to know about carers assessments. This webinar is for Bristol and South Glos carers alike.

#MakingCaringVisible

Some of our local carers share their stories of caring through COVID-19.

Carina also shares her experience of having to take her dad to A&E in lockdown with the Bristol Post.

Follow our social media channels to stay updated:
https://www.facebook.com/carersbsg
https://twitter.com/CarersBSG
Youtube

Carers open meeting videos

This Carers Week  marks our first ever online open meeting. A selection of short videos have been provided by the key speakers who would have presented in person at the Vassall Centre – and we’ve gathered some additional videos that are useful for carers too.

Luke Knee runs you through the online support you can access during the pandemic, including 1 to 1 support and virtual activity groups.

Do you care for someone in hospital? You can still get support remotely.

Be visible at your GP practice and join their carers register. Watch this video to find out why this is so important.

Lisa Saunders, Carers Emergency Card Coordinator explains all the benefits of a Carers Emergency Card.

Hugh Evans, Bristol City Council’s new Director of Adult Social Care, talks about the local authority’s response to Covid-19, support for unpaid carers and the importance of involving unpaid carers in strategy and service development.

Jon Shaw of South Gloucestershire Council talks with Sam Radford about policy for carers in South Glos.

Julie Sharma, Director of Transformation at Sirona care & health, talks about Sirona’s commitment to carers, her experiences of caring for her father-in-law and setting up a people’s council with carers representatives.

Dr Kate Rush outlines Sirona’s approach to Coronavirus as part of Carers Week.

A message for BAME communities who are disproportionally affected by covid-19.

Wendy Francis, Mindfulness meditation teacher and our very own Counselling Coordinator, has made a series of mindfulness sessions for Bristol Mind so you can practice mindfulness in the comfort of your own home.

Bristol carer, Carina Andrews shares some wellbeing and mental health tips for caring through COVID-19.

Watch Sophie Chester-Glyn of Co-produce Care in conversation with Anndeloris Chacon of Bristol Black Carers.
They discuss social care’s response to Covid, health inequality and the work of Bristol Black Carers.

A message to carers from our patron, Gareth Chilcott.

Follow our social media channels to stay updated:
https://www.facebook.com/carersbsg
https://twitter.com/CarersBSG
Youtube

Young carers

Throughout the week, we will be sharing young carers’ stories of caring through COVID-19 on our young carers social media pages.

You can listen to the BBC Radio Bristol interview with young carer, Saffan and Young Carer Service Manager, Kama McKenzie on BBC Sounds. The interview starts at 2:52:00.

Follow our young carers social media channels to stay updated:
https://www.facebook.com/youngcarersbsg
https://twitter.com/YoungCarersBSG