Carer Connections: Cotswold Friends Carer Wellbeing

by Cathy Russell

Carer Connections: Cotswold Friends Carer Wellbeing

A lifeline for Carers

Carers play an indispensable role in our communities, providing essential support and care for loved ones who are unable to care for themselves. Despite the critical nature of their work, carers often face isolation, burnout, and a lack of adequate support. Recognising this pressing need, Cotswold Friends launch Carer Connections, for our carer network. This initiative aims to bring carers together, offering them a space to share experiences, seek advice, and find some much-needed respite.

Carer Connections is designed to create a supportive network for carers within the Cotswold Friends community. This service is built on the understanding that carers, who often dedicate their lives to looking after others, deserve a reliable support system themselves. Carer Connections facilitates social interaction among carers, fostering a sense of community and shared experience. as the service builds it will offer regular meet-ups, both online and in person, allowing carers to connect with others who truly understand their challenges and triumphs.

Loneliness is a significant issue for many carers, who can find their social lives restricted due to their caregiving responsibilities. Through Carer Connections, carers can participate in social gatherings, coffee mornings, and group activities tailored to their schedules. These events offer a chance to relax, socialize, and form meaningful friendships with fellow carers. Sharing stories, laughter, and support in a friendly environment helps alleviate the sense of isolation many carers experience.

By connecting with other carers, individuals can share practical tips, recommendations, and personal experiences. Additionally, Cotswold Friends Support Services ensures that professional advice is accessible through Carer Connections.

Aligned with the Cotswold Friends Carer Wellbeing carers can attend these valuable sessions in the knowledge that their loved one having a lovely natter with one our our Carer Wellbeing volunteers

Our first Carer Connections was on the 20th June at Jecca’s House, more sessions are planned for the coming months.

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