We are proud to announce that Time to Shine has commissioned a project which will specifically support older carers. Anyone who has done unpaid caring knows that it can quickly become a lonely place, as the needs of your loved one sometimes take priority over your own.
Carers Leeds believes this should not be the case, and with their years of experience supporting carers all over Leeds they are well-placed to help us learn about effective approaches with this unique and important group.
According to a report by Carers UK and the University of Leeds, care provided by the nations’ carers is worth an estimated £119bn per year. Beyond providing this quantifiable resource, carers provide the unquantifiable benefits of giving their loved ones an improved quality of life and helping them avoid becoming isolated too.
Carers Connections will focus on carers in specific situations which made lead to increased isolation, such as:
- Carers who can leave the home but have lost confidence in socialising as a result of their caring role. This includes bereaved carers, who may for a period of their lives been unable to leave the home, but as a result of their caring role ending, can get out and about.
- Carers with health problems or disabilities who have difficulty in leaving the home.
- Carers who have been unable to set up satisfactory care arrangements that would allow them to leave the person they care for – this often happens to carers of people with dementia.
- Male carers experiencing social isolation.
If you would like to find out more or refer someone to the project, please get in touch:
0113 246 8338