With over 74,000 unpaid carers in Leeds, Carers Leeds already offered support to unpaid carers of all ages in a variety of ways. Their Time to Shine project, Carers Connections, was devised to help them extend their work to carers who found it really difficult to leave the home for some reason.
These carers tend to be older people, they might care for older people with memory problems who are reluctant to accept alternative carers, or they have chronic illnesses themselves which make it hard to get out. Carers Leeds also recognised that where this group could get out of the home they might be more ‘time poor’ than most.
Carers Connections made great use of help from 100% Digital Leeds, and were quick to learn from other Time to Shine funded projects, like Shared Tables, to help them establish social connections for older carers.
To find out more about how they did read their end of project report:
Carers Connections: linking people with a shared experience
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