CARERS WEEK CELEBRATED ONLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SLOUGH

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring. 

This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

Carers groups in Slough have put together a host of online activities during the week of 8-14 June to give carers the chance to take some time out from their caring responsibilities and enjoy some fun and laughter.

On Tuesday, Slough Carers Support, a Slough CVS project, welcomed Nasima from Khatun’s Kitchen for a mouth-watering live and cook along. Bep Dhaliwal from Thrive 365 hosted a resilience session to help carers with their wellbeing.  Thursday saw Slough CVS’s very own singing sensation Michelle, lead carers in a karaoke style singing session on Thursday.

Jessica Faul, a carer who attended the session said: “Singing with Michelle was relaxed, fun and morale-raising. Michelle has a not only a fine voice but also the gift of being able to put people at ease, gently and calmly raising their spirits. It was great to meet online with others in a similar position to myself as well as some of the lovely people at Slough CVS who really care about us carers. A big ‘thank you’ from me. I’d love to do it again.”

Special Voices, a voluntary group of parent/carers, all carers themselves of children/young people & adults with additional needs held lots of online activities, from art and fancy dress, to bingo and flower arranging. The group delivered Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyards and shopping cards for their cared for, hopefully to make life easier for them.

To round off Carers Week, Apna Virsa put on a relaxing Yoga Meditation class with Kiran and special guest, her son Dominic. Together they brought smiles to many faces, encouraging young people to stay active too and spreading positivity.

Seema Kamboj, project leader for Apna Virsa, said: “Carers Week is a great chance for the unsung heroes of the lockdown – home carers – to be thanked and made a fuss of.  We were so pleased to see so many carers taking advantage of the daily online sessions.”

Slough Young Carers took over social media with a Q and A with Bilal Baig, physiotherapist, to help ensure the young carers live healthier lives.

Rob Deeks, CEO, Aik Saath said: “During lockdown we have delivered a broad range of activities for young carers, mostly using Zoom. The number of young carers accessing our services has risen quite dramatically. We hope that more young carers come to know of our services due to our awareness-raising activities during Carers Week.”

The team at Slough Carers Support prepared goody bags with items donated by, Islamic Food Trust, Tesco, Colnbrook Cares, Antz Kids, Langley Covid Support Group, Antz Kidz and Kinder, Social Prescribing Link Worker at Slough CVS. RB kindly supplied candles and diffusers, facilitated by Slough Business Community Partnership. The packs were given to Carer groups including Special Voices, Asian Carers Group and Cippenham Carers. 

If you had problems accessing the events or would like support or advice, please contact Slough Carers Support on 01753 303428 or you can email us on sloughcarers@gmail.com