Helping carers get connected
Carers were the focus of a week of activity to show them what help and support is available locally.
During Carers Week from 8-16 June, a range of events were organised by Slough Carers Support and their partners to help carers get connected.
More than 200 people attended the events, with the main one at Arbour Park bringing together statutory agencies, voluntary organisations and businesses. This was to help carers get connected to advice and information, services in the community, and to promote digital resources for carers via the Carers Digital website (accounts can be created using the code DGTL4366).
Speaking afterwards, Alan Sinclair, the council’s director of adults and communities, said: “It was good to be there and supporting carers week and local groups. I’m glad there was a good turnout and there was clearly a good buzz in the room.”
The week also saw a workshop called ‘Simple Ways to Support Carers’ take place to raise awareness of how employers and organisations can better support carers, both in the workplace and in the community. One employer subsequently decided to implement a carers policy across all 60 of its UK branches.
Other activities throughout the week included a beatboxing and rapping music workshop, a screening of the film Mamma Mia, mindfulness sessions, a drop-in coffee morning, as well as free sports and leisure taster sessions for carers at the council’s leisure sites.
Slough Borough Council’s young carers coordinator facilitated a number of young carer awareness raising sessions during the week at school assemblies, as well as holding information stands at supermarkets and council buildings.
The week was also a chance to recognise the hard work and contribution carers make to the community and their loved ones.
Carers Rights Day will be held on 21 November to help carers know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.
To find out more about the ongoing support available to carers throughout the year register on the Slough Carers Support website.
Carers Discount Card
Slough Carers Support offer a discount card for carers, giving them discounts from local businesses. The number of offers have increased from 16 to 22, with new ones including Gino's Cafe, Krispy Kreme, Jas Beauty, The Curve, The Fragrance Shop and Nail Spa. Businesses can display a window sticker to show they are participating in the scheme. During carers week, 35 new people signed for a discount card.
To find out more, visit the Slough Carers Support website.
Berkshire hidden carers campaign
East Berkshire and Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups, together with Signal4Carers, launched this campaign during carers week.
The campaign aims to ensure people who are carrying out caring responsibilities recognise themselves as carers and get the help available to them.
Messages appeared on the back of local buses and on their interior screens, with the strapline, 'I'm her son/daughter, not her carer'. They also showed a Freephone number, with calls going to Signal4Carers who can signpost people to local organisations who can help.
The Freephone number – 0800 1337851 – is open from 10am-4pm weekdays, with a message facility for evenings and weekends.