Making Caring Visible and Valued
this Carers Week, 7 – 13 June 2021
Come and celebrate Carers Week with The Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove
Join us this Carers Week as we celebrate the wonderful contributions made by all of our Brighton & Hove Carers.
We have activities galore, you can join the campaign, enter a piece to our online gallery, put a question to Caroline Lucas MP, join one of our many zoom groups or even take the opportunity to meet other carers in person at one of our limited Tea in the Park sessions.
What is Carers Week?
Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers – supporting family members and friends who are older, have a disability, mental or physical illness or need extra help as they grow older.
This year, carers across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for what they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding. So during Carers Week, we are coming together to help Make Caring Visible and Valued.
To find out more about Carers Week and to add your support to the campaign for increased respite funding please visit their website www.carersweek.org
Better Breaks for Unpaid Carers – Join the Campaign
Carers Trust are calling on the government to increase funding for carers’ breaks.
Giving more carers the opportunity for some time away from their caring role.
Support the campaign now by writing to your local MP and asking them to raise the need for better breaks support in Parliament.
Special Offers for Carers Card holders during Carers Week
The Carers Card for Brighton and Hove, brings you savings right across the city from a variety of businesses throughout the year.
To help Make Caring Visible and Valued this Carers Week, our friends at Amaze have teamed up with a number of local businesses to bring you some special offers just for Carers Week. To see the fantastic Carers Week discounts please click here Special Offers for Carers Card holders during Carers Week
Dont have a Carers Card, no problem. The Carers Card for Brighton and Hove is free to people that care for chidren, young people and adults in the Brighton and Hove area, for more information about applying for your Carers Card please click here
To see the wonderful regular offers for the Carers Card please visit www.mylifebh.org.uk/the-carers-card/
Please note: We recommend you check the most up to date Covid procedures with each individual venue and outlet.
Coming up from the Carers Centre this Carers Week
Join us here at the Carers Centre thoughout Carers Week (7-13 June) as we celebrate the valuable contributions made by all of our Brighton & Hove Carers.
Throughout the week we will be bringing you useful carer related information, Great Workshops, fun activities and our weekly coffee and chat session.
Due to ongoing restrictions all meetings and activities will be carried out on Zoom unless otherwise stated.
My Life as a Carer – online gallery for Carers Week 2021
To celebrate Carers Week 2021 and all of the fantastic contributions made by our local unpaid carers, we are ‘Making Caring Visible and Valued’ with our Carers Online Gallery.
So send us your stories, photographs, pictures,poems, tips, tricks and tales to feature in our online gallery on our website and to be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 Shopping Voucher.
You can send us as many pieces as you like, but only x1 entry per person will be added to the draw to win a £20 ‘Waitrose’ Voucher or for our Young Carers a ‘The Works’ Voucher, (further terms and conditions are available by clicking here)
Your images will appear in our online gallery and may also feature in the next issue of Carers News. Please state whether you are happy for us to display your name next to your submission.
The Gallery is open now, so please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org , the closing date or entries will be Friday 18th June 2021 at 12 noon and the winner will be notified during the following week.
We cant wait to see your entries.
The ‘My Life as a Carer’ gallery will be available to view here on our website during Carers Week (7-13 June)
Help to access Groups and Activities
If you require extra support for your ‘cared for’ so you can attend any of our activities or events during Carers Week please get in touch.
The My Health Matters scheme operated by Crossroads Care will be able to arrange for someone to come to your home to sit with your ‘cared for’ or to chat with them on the telephone while you attend one of our carers week in-person or zoom based meetings.
Please note: Arrangements will need to be made in advance so book early. If you are not already registered with Crossroads, please allow some extra time for the assessment process.
For more information please contact Crossroads Care on 01273 234021
Here is a list of the activities and groups we have confirmed so far for Carers Week, be sure to check back here as we will be making more announcements in the coming weeks.
Tai Chi & Qi Gon
Monday 7th June, 11am
during this years Carers Week, we will be starting a 4 week course in Tai Chi and Qi Gon.
(now taking bookings) Click here to find out more
Carers Week Quiz
Monday 7th June, 3-5pm, via Zoom
Join our hosts Steve and Dan for a carers week special general knowledge quiz. Form teams with other members of your household or play solo and pit your wits against other local carers and their households.
You will need to bring a note pad, a pencil or pen, and a name for your team.
Now taking bookings – click here to find out more
Carers Book Club – 1st Anniversary Special
Tuesday 8th June, 10.30am
join us for the first anniversary session of our Carers Book Club. Each month we come together to read a short story and discuss it via zoom.
(now taking bookings) Click here to find out more.
Baking Easy Flat Breads
Tuesday 8th June 12 – 1pm via Zoom
Join us for making easy flat breads, Simon from Stoneham Bakehouse has a simple and easy recipe, which he will talk us through and we will end up with tasty flat bread that you can eat for your lunch.
If you would like to join this workshop please click here
Employers for Carers
Tuesday 8th June, 5-6pm via Zoom
A new event this year is for employers in Brighton and Hove who may wish to know more about the Employers for Carers scheme available Free to any employer in the city with less than 250 staff and on a membership subscription to larger employers.
This one hour run through and Q&A session will be hosted by our dedicated Employers and Working Carers engagement lead, Steve Casterllari.
If you are a local employer and want to attend to find out what benefits the scheme can bring you please message us here at the Carers Centre, email@example.com
For more information please click here
Carers Centre Weekly Coffee and Chat via Zoom
Wednesday 9th June, 10.30am
Join us and other local carers for our Carers Week special Coffee and Chat via Zoom.
please click here to find out more
Digital Resources Workshop for Carers
Wednesday 9th June, 2.30-3.30pm, via Zoom
If you are an unpaid carer in Brighton & Hove or caring for someone in the City, there is a resource available to you FREE called the Digital Resource for Carers. This resource is provided free by Carers UK and made available by Brighton and Hove City Council cia a membership for all unpaid carers in the city.
Why not come along to our one hour session and find out what is in the DRC and whether signing up can help you with the care you provide.
Signing up is FREE and EASY, all you need are your name, an email address and to create a password. You will not be sent spam emails once you sign up and it is up to you how often if at all you access the resources.
Our Engagement Lead, Steve will be hosting a session showing the DRC, answering any questions and helping anyone that wants to sign up.
To find out more please click here
Tea in the park
Thursday 10th June 2021—St Anns Well Garden
There will be a total of 5 sessions and times to choose from,
9.30-10.30am, 10.45-11.45am, 12—1pm, 2—3pm, 3.15– 4.15pm
Please choose a time you would like to attend and get in touch with us. (please have a back up time, in case your preferred slot is already fully booked.)
Tea, coffee and cake provided. This is a bookable event only and spaces are very limited to 5 carers per session.
To find out more please click here or to book your place, please contact the Carers Hub on 01273 977000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly Meditation Group
Thursday 10th June, 10.30-11.30 am
following on from the success of our Introduction to Meditation course, we are pleased to be hosting the first in our regular monthly meditiation Meet Ups.
(now taking bookings) Click here to find out more
Italy – Mountains, Beaches & Towns – A virtual look
Thursday 10th June, 3-4pm via Zoom
Let us bring a little corner of Italy to you for an hour.
Our Engagement Lead, Steve, lived and worked in Italy as a mountain guide for a number of years and here, he will share some of his favourite photos and stories from this time.
A look at some beautiful landscapes and a few humorous tales from the summits to the sea!
You may not learn anything new about caring but we hope you will leave with a little bit of sunshine in your heart and a smile on your face. We look forward to welcoming you.
To find out more please click here
You can keep up to date with all the Carers Week celebrations, information and announcements by checking back here, in our weekly email and postal communications and on our social media.
we look forward to seeing you there…