June, the official start of Summer and for us of a very busy month of celebrations.
The first week of June is national Volunteers Week. A week when we recognise the contribution volunteers make to society. At Swansea Carers Centre we certainly value our volunteers – without them we simply could not offer the services we do. Nicky, our Volunteer Coordinator organised a visit to the Grand Theatre, Swansea for a ‘backstage tour’ followed by a cream tea as a big ‘Thank You’.
The second week is Carers Week! This year we have been promoting our services everywhere! On Monday staff from the City & County of Swansea, ABMU, Crossroads Young Carers, SCVS picked up banners and information packs and staffed information points all over the city, from Central Library to Gorseinon Development Trust via Singleton Hospital, Cefn Coed Hospital and Gower College to name but a few.
Two members of our staff, Christine and Fleur were invited to Sainsbury’s to ‘pitch’ for a chance of being named their Charity of the Year. We were delighted to hear that we are down to the last three charities. Voting will continue until the end of June. We hope we can rely on your vote. www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk
On Wednesday we launched our ‘Combining Work & Care – Best Practice Guide for a Carer Friendly Workplace’ at The Dragon Hotel in Swansea. We were pleased to see local employers like the Land Registry Wales, DVLA, SNAP, AMBU, City & County of Swansea, Swansea Womens’s Aid, Whitethorns Intensive Say Service and Admiral attending.
We ended a very successful Carers Week with an event at the Waterfront Church – ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’ attended by carers and over 30 charities and statutory organisations.
Working in partnership once again with ABMU to promote the ‘Health Passport.’ This a new initiative from ABMU is a communication tool which displays information by using a traffic light system to help carers of a child, health professionals and those dealing with your child to rapidly understand your child’s health needs, likes and dislikes, etc. so your child is safe and comfortable in health care settings. Read more about the initiative here
Our Caring Break Service based at Ty Conway in Penlan were thrilled to receive £1,000 from Persimmon Homes West Wales. The money will go towards developing a sensory garden at Ty Conway and also installing a ramp so that wheelchair users can work and use the garden too. For more information on replacement care and respite for carers Click Here