Category Archives: Carer Stories

Carers week 2020 part 1 – Why carers’ stories are so important for “Making Caring Visible”

Monday 8th June 2020 marks the start of carers week, and this year we are campaigning towards “Making Caring Visible”, which seems so appropriate at a time where we have all been asked to hide ourselves away. In this period of … Continue reading

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A Day In The Life Of A Carer Hub Volunteer

A Day In The Life Of A Carer Hub Volunteer Story By Andy Graham Carer Hub Volunteer Kevin It’s one of the ironies of life that if you ask someone if they know an unpaid carer, they’ll often say no. … Continue reading

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Dawn’s Volunteering Journey At The Carers’ Centre

Dawn has been volunteering at the Carers’ Centre for the last three years. Here’s her story: My mum was ill from the age of 45 with early onset Dementia. There had probably been signs even before that. I was 17 … Continue reading

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Carer Conversations Session 5: Paul

Carer Paul, who cares for his mother, talks about how he has struggled to prioritise his own health and wellbeing. He feels that taking a break helped him to realise how important it is to look after yourself. “The [Carers’ … Continue reading

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Coping with caring over christmas

Christmas is a stressful time for many people. It’s meant to be a time for family, festivities and fun, but when you’re a carer it can be an incredibly challenging time having to look after someone while dealing with the  … Continue reading

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Carer Conversations Session 4: Maggie

Maggie’s husband Al was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The most difficult thing for her was the fact that he knew and recognised most other people… but not her. She discusses the impact on their relationship, her wellbeing and how she managed … Continue reading

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November: Men’s Health Awareness Month – Bryan’s story

Being responsible for the day-to-day care of a loved one puts an incredible strain on a carer’s wellbeing. A recent survey by Carers’ UK revealed 72 percent of carers suffered poor mental health and 61 percent were affected physically due … Continue reading

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Carers’ Centre Volunteer Cafe – An audience with Television Writer Ray Brooking

A new initiative at the Carers’ Centre is the Volunteer Cafe, where volunteers have the chance to meet and chat over cake and coffee and hear from a program of local speakers. To get the ball rolling, the Carers’ Centre … Continue reading

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Carer Conversations Session 3: Dee

Dee cares for her grandmother, who has dementia, as well as her son who suffered a brain injury following an accident. Here she talks about the differences in her caring roles and how she manages her family life — generally … Continue reading

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Understanding ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder October is ADHD Awareness Month “He has issues” my sister used to say when I asked about my young nephew.  She never went into detail what the issues were but his hyperactivity was excused as “his … Continue reading

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