Running from 7-13 June, Carers Week shines a light on the thousands of unpaid carers there are in the UK and celebrates the huge contribution made by this often-hidden group of people.
‘Make Caring Visible and Valued’ is the theme of this year’s Carers Week, and Carer Support Wiltshire are joining with organisations across the country to raise awareness of the work carers do.
We will also be running several events during the week for unpaid carers, which you are welcome to join us for.
If you would like to find out more or book yourself onto any of the events listed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 181 4118.
Carer support group
Tuesday 8 June, 11:00am-12:00pm
Join Carer Support Wiltshire staff members Diana and Alison for a friendly online support group. You will have opportunity to ask any questions you might have and speak to other carers.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust nature-based wellbeing workshop
Wednesday 9 June, 11:00am-12:30pm
An online workshop that will discuss how nature is important for our mental wellbeing and enthuse us to get out in nature and explore. A pre-workshop activity will be to get out in nature for a walk and collect or photograph natural objects – as many as you can starting with the letters A-Z. We’ll then share our favourites during the session!
Virtual carers cafe
Thursday 10 June, 2:00-3:00pm
All carers are welcome at this friendly carers cafe hosted by a volunteer from Zurich Community Trust.
Mental health resilience workshop
Thursday 10 June, 10:00am-12:00pm
This two-hour session provides an insight into what causes negative and positive emotions and how we can increase our emotional resilience to deal with them. Created and ran by the Aster Foundation. Read more about the workshop here. Places are limited, but if this event is full you will have the opportunity to book onto another date. NOW FULL.
Throughout Carers Week we will be sharing stories from carers to raise awareness of both the unique and shared situations and struggles carers face.
It can take many people years to identify as a carer and seek support for themselves. We really want to reduce that time, to help make sure carers keep themselves healthy and maintain good mental health and the support they are entitled to.
There shouldn’t be a stigma around caring, or an expectation that it’s just something that people do for their loved ones that isn’t a big deal, or something that’s not spoken about for fear of making others uncomfortable.