We have worked with local carers to make a short film marking this year’s Carers Week, 12-18 June. In it carers talk frankly about what it feels like to be a carer and how they’ve reached out for help.
Tracey Harvey from Withywood cares for her daughter who has Borderline Personality Disorder and her son who has Cerebral Palsy. In the film she has a message for other carers:
“It’s massively important that you find some support. We’re stronger together. It’s just nice to know somebody else feels the same way as you: the highs, the lows, the guilt, the shame, the terror, the panic – you’re not alone in it.”
Carers come from all walks of life; 3 out of 5 of us will be a carer at some point.
Carers don’t choose to become carers. Many feel they are just doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after a relative or friend and just getting on with it. But taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression.
Keith Sinclair, Chief Executive of Carers Support Centre, said
“Many carers don’t even see themselves as carers. They don’t ask for help and they are completely hidden from support services. The majority struggle alone and do not know that help is available to them.”
On Thursday 15 June we are holding a Carers Open Meeting which all carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire are invited to attend. It’s an opportunity for carers to discuss the issues that affect them. The open meeting will take place at The Vassall Centre in Fishponds at 10am-1pm. The event is free with buffet lunch included, but it is essential to book. See details here.
If you or someone you know is a carer, don’t try to manage on your own. Contact CarersLine: 0117 965 2200