Getting Carers connected during Carers Week 2019

Carers Week, established by Carers UK 25 years ago, is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.
Carers Week 2019 are calling on individuals, services and organisations to do their part in Getting Carers Connected – helping them get the practical, financial and emotional support they need to care for a loved one.
Portsmouth Carers Centre is encouraging carers to swap their knowledge with other carers, share information on the services which made a difference to them and their loved ones. There are some brilliant services out there, but smaller ones are not always commonly known or sometimes get overlooked. Many carers access smaller services provided by small local organisation or local church other carers are not aware of but would benefit from.

Portsmouth Carers Centre aims for carers to get connected with new services and with other carers. From the 1st of June 2019, staff from the centre will be collecting information on services used by carers and add them to the knowledge board at the base on Orchard Road. Carers will have sticky notes available to write on and put on the board when they pop in to the centre; those who are not able to visit personally, can call, send an email or FB message and the information will be added for them.
So what are they looking for?
It may be a service, a group, an activity, a charity or an organisation that carers have attended in the past or present, which they enjoyed or helped them in some way. It could be someone from a pastoral service, church session, community centre or a group, home shopping service, a mobile hairdresser or a mobile chiropodist just to name a few!

All carers and carers friends are invited to come in and have a chat at Carers drop in at HIVE, Central Library 10AM-12PM on Wednesday 5th June.  Click here to find out more.

The main Carers Information Swap Day at Portsmouth Carers Centre will take place 10AM-2PM on Wednesday 12th June.  Click here to find out more. 

For those who are able join, it will be great opportunity to chat and swap information while having coffee and a cake, discuss the findings with other carers, Carers Centre staff, Community Connectors and Social Prescribing team. Everyone is welcome to attend.