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Be Connected – March 2023

Be Connected – March 2023

We would like to welcome you to our ‘ March Be Connected’ programme.

You will find all of the activities and sessions which we are running in March 2024 for you as unpaid Carers. You are welcome to bring along the person you support if they would like to join in. Or you can join and have some time out for you.

In the Community

There are various sessions happening around the county in March so take a look and see if there are any near you.

There is something for everyone. Find out more and explore what is on offer for you in March 2024.

If you would like any further information please email: bookings@peopleplus.co.uk

You can book directly onto sessions using our online calendar which can be found: https://gloucestershirecarershub.co.uk/our-groups/be-connected/ or you can email bookings@peopleplus.co.uk or call us on 0300 111 9000.

We hope you enjoy the programme, if you have any feedback, we would be very grateful please email bookings@peopleplus.co.uk

To view ‘Be Connected’ Click Here

Be Connected – March 2023

Be Connected – February 2024

We would like to welcome you to our new look ‘ February Be Connected’ programme. You will find all of the activities and sessions which we are running in February 2024 for you as unpaid Carers. You are welcome to bring along the person you support if they would like to join in. Or you can join and have some time out for you.

We have combined our online sessions with our in the community sessions in one document to ensure easy access. There is something for everyone. Find out more and explore what is on offer for you in February 2024.

If you would like any further information please email: bookings@peopleplus.co.uk

You can book directly onto sessions using our online calendar which can be found: https://gloucestershirecarershub.co.uk/our-groups/be-connected/ or you can email bookings@peopleplus.co.uk or call us on 0300 111 9000.

We hope you enjoy the new look programme, if you have any feedback, we would be very grateful please email bookings@peopleplus.co.uk

To view ‘Be Connected’ Click Here

Wellbeing and 2024

Wellbeing and 2024

Being an unpaid Carer is a crucial but often demanding role, and taking care of your own wellbeing becomes even more important at the start of a new year. Here are some ideas to prioritise your wellbeing in 2024:

Rest and Recharge:

  • Schedule breaks: Even small, 10-minute breaks throughout the day can make a big difference. Use these to step away, de-stress, or do something you enjoy.
  • Prioritise sleep: Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. This can improve your mood, energy levels, and overall health.
  • Delegate tasks: Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family, friends, or professional care services. 
  • Say no: It’s okay to say no to additional commitments if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Prioritise your own needs and well-being first.

Connect and Share:

  • Call and speak to us: If you would like some support, or a listening ear from someone who is independent from the situation please contact us on 0300 111 9000 or email carers@peopleplus.co.uk
  • Talk to someone you trust: Sharing your feelings and challenges can be a huge weight off your shoulders. Talk to a friend, family member, therapist, or another Carer. Why not consider joining our Buddy Up Scheme click here to find out more.
  • Join a support group: Connecting with other Carers can be very helpful. They understand your challenges and can offer support and advice. Click here to find out where your local Carer café is.
  • Spend time with friends and family: Make time for activities you enjoy with people you care about. It can boost your mood and provide a sense of connection.

Nourish Body and Mind:

  • Eat a healthy diet: Eating nutritious foods gives you the energy you need to cope with demanding caregiving tasks.
  • Exercise regularly: Even moderate exercise can improve your mood, sleep, and overall health. Find activities you enjoy, like walking, swimming, or yoga. We have a number of free activities available online which you could join in with click here for more information.
  • Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness techniques like meditation or deep breathing can help you manage stress and anxiety. We run various sessions online which incorporate mindfulness click here to find out more.
  • Enjoy hobbies and activities: Make time for things you love to do, whether it’s reading, listening to music, or spending time outdoors. These activities can provide a much-needed escape from the pressures of caregiving.

Seek Support:

  • Gloucestershire Carers Hub: We are here to support you, if you need information advice or a listening ear please call us on 0300 111 9000.
  • Health professionals: Talk to your doctor or other healthcare professionals about your well-being and any concerns you have. They can offer advice and support.

Remember: Taking care of yourself is not selfish, it’s essential. By prioritising your own well-being, you’ll be better equipped to care for the people you love.

Setting goals and objectives for 2024

The concept of traditional New Year’s resolutions might not translate well for you as an unpaid Carer. The constant demands and uncertainties of supporting someone can make rigid goals feel unrealistic or overwhelming.

Here’s how we can reframe the idea of “no resolutions” in a way that’s empowering and supportive for you:

Shift focus from resolutions to intentions: Instead of concrete “to-do”s, think of guiding principles you wish to cultivate in the new year. These could be “compassion towards myself,” “finding moments of joy,” or “seeking support when needed.” These intentions provide direction without the pressure of specific targets.

Embrace small, achievable actions: Break down larger goals into bite-sized steps that fit within your caring routine. A 10-minute walk, a mindfulness practice during the person’s nap, or connecting with another Carer online can be meaningful steps towards your well-being without feeling like monumental tasks.

Prioritise self-care, not resolutions: Instead of aiming for self-improvement through resolutions, focus on nurturing your well-being in whatever way feels restorative. Taking a relaxing bath, reading a few pages of a book, or simply allowing yourself quiet time can be powerful acts of self-care that replenish your energy for your caring role.

Celebrate even the smallest victories: Acknowledge and celebrate even the tiniest wins, like getting through a challenging day, finding a moment of laughter with the person you support, or simply connecting with another Carer who understands your struggle. Recognising progress, however small, boosts your confidence and keeps you motivated. You may want to write down your small victories so you can reflect upon them when you may be having a less positive day.

Be kind to yourself: Remember, there’s no pressure to perform, achieve, or change dramatically. Being an unpaid Carer is demanding, and prioritising your own well-being is not selfish, it’s essential. Give yourself permission to rest, say no, and simply exist without the burden of resolutions.

Remember, your journey as an unpaid Carer is unique, and your approach to the new year should be too. There’s no one-size-fits-all formula. Listen to your needs, embrace flexibility, and prioritise self-compassion throughout your journey.

And if you ever feel the need for more specific goals, you can always set them at any point in the year. The key is to create a path that feels authentic and sustainable for you and your caring role.

Be Connected – March 2023

Be Connected – January 2024

We would like to welcome you to our new look ‘Be Connected’ programme. You will find all of the activities and sessions which we are running in January 2024 for you as unpaid Carers. You are welcome to bring along the person you support if they would like to join in. Or you can join and have some time out for you.

We have combined our online sessions with our in the community sessions in one document to ensure easy access. There is something for everyone. Find out more and explore what is on offer for you in January 2024.

If you would like any further information please email: bookings@peopleplus.co.uk

You can book directly onto sessions using our online calendar which can be found: https://gloucestershirecarershub.co.uk/our-groups/be-connected/ or you can email or call us.

We hope you enjoy the new look programme, if you have any feedback, we would be very grateful please email bookings@peopleplus.co.uk

Myth Busting – Myths Vs Facts of being an Unpaid Carer

Myth Busting – Myths Vs Facts of being an Unpaid Carer

Myths Vs Facts of Being an Unpaid Carer

Unpaid Carers provide essential support to millions of people in the UK. They are the backbone of our caring system, but they often go unsung and unrecognised.

We want to support in recognising Carers within our communities and have put together some common Myths Vs Facts to support you in identifying as a Carer and understanding the support which is available to you.

There are many myths and misconceptions about being an unpaid Carer. These myths can make it difficult for Carers to get the support they need.

Here are some of the most common myths about unpaid Carers:

Myth

If I register as a Carer other services will become involved

Fact

Other services will not become involved unless there is a need for them to be. If there is a need for them to, this will be discussed with you before doing so.

Myth

I am in receipt of Carers allowance therefore I cannot register as the service is for Carers who are unpaid

Fact

If you are in receipt of Carers allowance, you can still register with Gloucestershire Carers Hub for free information, advice and support.

Myth

I do not receive Carers Allowance therefore I am not a Carer

Fact

You do not need to be in receipt of Carers allowance, you can still register with Gloucestershire Carers Hub for free information, advice and support.

Myth

I do not live with the person I support

Fact

You do not have to live with the person you support to be a Carer

Myth

I support someone but other family members do as well so therefore I am not a sole Carer

Fact

Everyone who is supporting that individual can register with us.

Myth

I work and support someone, I do not spend enough hours supporting someone to access support.

Fact

There is no minimum number of hours you need to support someone for to register.

Myth

I am not related to the person I support.

Fact

You do not need to be related to register, it could be a friend or neighbour who you support.

Myth

I am supporting someone in the short term so I do not qualify for support.

Fact

It doesn’t matter how long you are required to support someone for. You can still register for Carer services for support.

Myth

I am only classed as a Carer if the things I help with are physical, like assisting someone with a physical disability?

Fact

You are a Carer if you provide emotional support to someone or carry out tasks to assist them with their daily life.

Myth

If I register as a Carer I won’t be able to stay employed or continue studying and college or university?

Fact

Registering as a Carer doesn’t affect you in your working life or when studying it just means you can access the support you need.

Myth

All Carers choose to support someone.

Fact

We understand that caring is not always a choice and that individual circumstances can mean it feels like a duty.

Myth

Carers are all older people

Fact

Carers can be any age, supporting children, family members or friends with a physical disability, mental health condition or addiction.

Myth

There isn’t any support for unpaid Carers in my area

Fact

We provide a wide range of support services for unpaid Carers who are supporting someone who lives in Gloucestershire.

Myth

A Carer is a paid worker who supports someone

Fact

Many people provide unpaid care and support to individuals in their lives. You are a Carer if you provide support for someone whether it is a family member, friend or neighbour.

We hope that you found our Myths Vs Facts of being an Unpaid Carer useful. If you are a Carer, it is important to know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you.

Here are some tips for getting support as an unpaid carer:

  • Register with Gloucestershire Carers Hub for free support, information and more.
  • Talk to your GP and make sure they are aware you are providing support to someone.
  • Find out about the benefits you may be entitled to.
  • Join a Carer’s support group or come along to one of our Carer Cafes.
  • Take some time for yourself.

Being an unpaid Carer can be a challenging role. By getting the support you need, you can make sure that you are able to support someone else and still take care of yourself.

Registration

To register with the Carers Hub visit: Self Referral – Gloucestershire Carers Hub or call 0300 111 9000

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