Carers Support Centre has made a short film all about caring, to mark Carers Rights Day. Featuring 4 local carers, this film aims to increase carer awareness and reach unidentified carers. In the film, Cheralyn, Tony, Fanuel and Amanda share how they started caring, how they realised what they were doing was caring, and how receiving support improved their lives.
Our Health Team Manager, Richard Fox explains:
“Many people do not realise they are carers and that there is support for them. A big part of our job is to seek out ‘hidden carers’ to make them aware of our services, and to continually promote our services through health and social care professionals. After a challenging year, this film is a huge opportunity to raise awareness of carers in GP practices and beyond. Even more people have become carers since the pandemic, and we want to make sure as many carers as possible can get the help they need.”
Early identification of carers and recognition, is included in the Bristol All-Age Carers Strategic Priorities, 2021-2025. In this document the Bristol Health and Well-Being Board recognise that of the estimated 48,000 carers in Bristol, only 17,000 are known to services in the city.
Our goal is that all GP practices across Bristol and South Gloucestershire will show the film to their practice staff
as part of their own carer awareness training. And they will use opportunities to share it with patients, for example, through websites and screens in waiting rooms.
Please share the film with your friends, family and other contacts you have. You can also join the conversation over on Twitter and Facebook. This is an opportunity to make more people understand what it means to care.
Thanks to Bristol Charities for funding the film, and Cheralyn, Tony, Fanuel and Amanda for giving your time and sharing your personal stories. Bristol and South Gloucestershire carers can call CarersLine: 0117 965 2200