Helping to share the load
Thursday 22nd November 2012, 2:04PM GMT.
If you are caring for a sick or disabled loved one, chances are your needs come way down the pecking order when it comes to rest and relaxation. But the Carers Coming Together group is reaching out to people by offering downtime, support and a chance to chat with others in similar situations. Jill Chadwick heard how a little TLC makes life a whole lot better…
THIS year the Carers Coming Together support group celebrates its 10th birthday and like all great ideas that bloom into successes, it took a meeting of like minds to get the ball rolling.
‘I was working at Les Cotils and heard about a place in Winchester which was organising “away days for carers”, and I thought it was a great idea,’ said Meg White, one of the co-founders of the group.
She and the Rev. Jan Le Billon, a hospital chaplain, got together and between them they founded the group.
Said Jan: ‘We had discovered Ann Lewin, who ran the Winchester carers’ days. She helped us run the first Carers’ Away Day here and it simply went from there.’
Both women were acutely aware that there was very little in place to give support to carers at that time. What they have come up with is a mix of monthly drop-ins, men’s monthly suppers and carefree ‘away day’ hours for those who usually don’t get out of their homes to enjoy leisure time.
- Read the full article in today’s Guernsey Press.