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Welcome to Swansea Carers Centre
Welcome to Swansea Carers Centre
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Eleanor Norton

Eleanor Norton

It’s a New Year at the Carers Centre and we welcome Eleanor Norton as our new Executive Director.  “I’m very happy to have taken up the post of Executive Director at  Swansea Carers Centre”, says Eleanor  “It is a great organisation doing some wonderful  work to support carers in all sort of ways. I was born and brought up in  Swansea and  have worked here for the last 16 years in a range of different  voluntary and community sector organisations and the local authority.  Most recently at Dynamix which is a social enterprise supporting  organisations across Wales.  I am looking forward to maintaining the  excellent services that Swansea Carers Centre provides and developing new projects to offer even more support to even more carers.”

Carers have been treated to some ‘me time’ at the Make Up workshop organised by our training project ‘Project Cariad’. We received a lovely review of our courses and services from a carer on Facebook recently which is worth sharing,My life has completely changed since I joined the carers centre, life before seemed pointless, now I’m a changed person, the courses which they run have enabled me to meet some lovely people and get myself a life again. The staff are exceptional, they are so helpful and understanding. Keep up the good work folks, I bet we don’t tell you often enough how much we appreciate you all so here’s a big THANK YOU from us carers.”

The Book Club reconvened in the second week of January to review their Christmas book ‘Mystery in White’ by J. Jefferson Farjeon.  A classic whodunnit ;  published first in the 1930’s and recently published again by the British Library.  The current book we are reading is ‘The Restoration of Otto Laird’ by Nigel Packer, this will be reviewed at the next Book Club – Wednesday 4 February.

We were delighted that the Grosvenor Casino organised a celebration event for carers – ‘Beat the January Blues’ on Friday 30 January at 7pm.  A buffet was provided followed by a ‘learn to play’ session on the tables so that the carers enjoyed all the fun of the Casino without losing any money. One of the carers who attended said “Thank-you to everyone who organised and provided the Carers Casino Night at the Grosvener Swansea. It was a great evening of socialising and entertainment, I nearly won enough for my world cruise, so will need to keep trying my luck! But I think I shall heed the advice from our 13 year old son whom I care for, he said ‘quit while you’re ahead”.

We have delivered ‘Boundaries Training’ to our volunteers in our new Training Room based at 18 Craddock Street, Swansea. The new training room can accommodate approx 15 people with two further small offices available as ‘break out’ rooms or to rent in their own right as a meeting space.

and finally…..A brand new workshop “Labyrinth – A Healing Journey for Carers” was held at the end of January.   The carers who attended said  “Sharing and listening to other carers.  Alex was very interesting, and walking the Labyrinth intriguing.”

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

 

 

 

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December was busy with social events and activities for carers.  We held two Christmas lunches, one for the Book Club members and another for the Mental Health support group. The 4 December saw our annual ‘Midwinter Mingle’ at the Mansion House.  The Lord Mayor of Swansea, Ceinwen Thomas, presented certificates to our volunteers, in particular, Dennis Nelson who has volunteered at Ty Conway for over 20 years!

The end of the month was extremely hectic – it was all hand’s on deck to send out our newsletter The Courier.  The magazine is an important marketing tool for the organisation and is packed with information, events and training.  The Courier is mailed out to 3,500 carers in Swansea.  Many thanks to the volunteers and staff who stuffed envelopes.

The 19 December was a sad day for us because it was our Director Shirley Bowen’s last day at Swansea Carers Centre.  Shirley has taken early retirement and we wish her every happiness.

In the New Year we will welcome Eleanor Norton as our new Director.

Happy New Year