Carers week 2020

Every year Portsmouth Carers Centre looks forward to celebrating Carers Week with friends and colleagues across Portsmouth.  This year they can’t do that in the usual way but they feel that it is more important than ever that we reach out to everyone who is looking after someone, to say that we stand with them at this challenging time and that help is available.

Join one of our events

Join in an online social – Thursday 11 June, 2pm – the Carers Centre is inviting carers to join a Zoom get together, get yourself a cuppa and click on the link we will provide you with to join in the chat hosted by Jayne Gentle and Ben Muller from the Carers Centre Team.

Tell us what you think – Friday 12 June , 2pm – we’d love to hear how things have been working for you, what’s gone well and where things have been hard.  This will help us understand what matters most to carers and develop services that work for you.  Join Sarah Balchin from Solent NHS Trust and Chris Noden from the Carers Centre Team on an online Zoom group chat to tell us how things are for you.

How to join in Contact the Carers Centre by phone on 023 9285 1864 (please leave a message) or by email at carerscentre@portsmouthcc.gov.uk tell us which event(s) you’d like to join and we will send you a link.

Other ways to get involved

The theme of carers week 2020 is ‘Make Caring Visible.’ Here are some ways you can do that.

Download a poster to display in your window

Add your voice to show your support 

Carer consultation 2020

We last wrote a strategy for carers in 2015 – and the world has moved on since then. That’s why we’re having conversations with carers to find out more about the challenges they face and what support would make the most difference.

How to get involved

The first step in our plan was getting out and talking to carers – we want to hear what it’s like to be a carer in Portsmouth, what challenges you face and how we can work together to improve the support we offer carers.

We hosted two events in February. There were people at the event from Portsmouth City Council, Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

If you couldn’t make it one of these sessions, but still want to get involved you can complete a short online survey.  You can also call the Carers Centre 023 9285 1864 (please leave a message) or visit their web page.

You can also sign up for the Health and Care Portsmouth mailing list – we’ll share the latest news about this consultation in this newsletter, which is sent regularly.