July’s Book Club was once again well attended with carers and former carers. We are now holding it at the Environment Centre, Pier St, Swansea (in the cafe – lovely coffee). This month’s book was ‘The Road to Little Dribbling’ by Bill Bryson. Next month we are hoping that local author Tracey Rees will pop along to the book club and discuss her knew book ‘Florence Grace’ with us.
ABMU placement – We now have one worker at Morriston Hospital every Thursday speaking to staff and carers about our services. So far, it has proved worthwhile with many referrals coming through. We also have 2 volunteers, Debbie and Ann who are based at Singleton Hospital every Tuesday.
Job Club – Through our Active Inclusion project Life Skills2 we are now holding a Job Club at Swansea Carers Centre helping carers (25+) gain employment skills, job search, interview techniques etc. Every Wednesday 10am – 12pm.
Two new carers activity groups have proved popular with carers – Debbie’s Beading Group run by our volunteer Debbie is held once a month (beads and equipment must be paid for) and the Knitting Group where carers come along for a ‘knatter and knit’.
Message fro Nicky Stonelake, Volunteer Co-ordinator “I think most of you know that I am retiring at the end of July. It has been a privilege to work for this charity, but now I am looking forward to more free time for myself and my family.
I have been involved with the Carers Centre from 2000 to 2005 and from 2011 to 2016. It has been very rewarding to meet so many lovely volunteers, to help them grow in confidence and to see some of them progress to higher education or paid work.
As a carer myself, I am very grateful for all the time and commitment which volunteers have contributed over the years. I am also grateful for the support I have received from the Trustees, who paid my salary out of reserve funds when there was no other funding available. It has been a pleasure to work with 3 Directors, who were all very wise and compassionate people. And last but not least, a huge thank you to my colleagues. The never-ending supply of tea, coffee and good humour has always lightened the work load.
With many thanks and best wishes, Nicky
Training Update – Introduction to Mindfulness was held at the Environment Centre. This course has proven time and time again to be very popular and successful with carers. On 26 July we are holding a 1/2 day ‘Introduction to Mindful photography’ so watch this space for the photographs.
It’s September and we are officially in Autumn. Our Autumn training programme is well underway with a 6 week African Drumming course beginning on Tuesday 8 September – 1pm-3pm. Click here to find out further information about our courses.
We were delighted that Digital Stream, a Sustainable Swansea and Natural Resource Wales initiative, invited carers to take part in an afternoon of digital photography at Penllergare Woods. They were accompanied by a photography tutor Dai Power, and an environment officer – they even supplied the cameras!
The Carers Book Club enjoyed their annual day trip to the historic town of Hay-on-Wye. Once again we were lucky with the weather as we strolled around the town browsing in an out of book shops. Our lunch at the Old Stables Tea Room was exceptional; well worth a visit if you are in Hay (particularly for their Gower Brownies:)
This month we welcome Alex Atkins to our team. Alex is the Young Adult Carers Worker (16-25 year olds). She has already organised a programme of meetings for young adult carers at EYST, click HERE to find out more.
Invitations have gone out to carers and professionals to attend our AGM and 10 Year celebration. If you are a carer in Swansea and you would like to attend then contact Linda at email@example.comCLICK HERE for details of the event.
This month saw the start of Open ‘Armonies, the new Community Choir for Carers, Friends and Supporters run by Stuart Jones. Stuart has already run two successful Harmony Singing courses for us, so we are very glad to be able to support this new & exciting venture! We hope that the choir will bring carers and friends together to enjoy all the fun and rewards of harmony singing in a creative, supportive space. You won’t be asked to read music or sing solo. It doesn’t even matter if you think you can’t sing! It’s for everybody. The choir takes place on Monday evenings in Llangyfelach, for more details please contact Stuart Jones 01792 367600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Boyd is leading our African Drumming sessions once more on Tuesday afternoons, and last Thursday Wenda from the Style Team showed a group of carers how to wear colours to reflect style personalities & increase confidence! Plus our Mindfulness and Yoga courses have filled up really fast, but please do let us know if you are interested, we will put you on the reserve list and contact you if it runs again.
Thankfully the sun came out for our day trip to Tenby with the carers book club at the beginning of the month. It was a lovely, relaxing day for everyone who came, we all met up for lunch in the Baytree restaurant (highly recommended) and caught the train back to Swansea. We are now looking forward to our annual visit to Hay-on-Wye in September.
Meanwhile Project Cariad has been busy organising their Autumn training programme. Click Here to book your place! These courses are very popular with carers so make sure you book soon.
10th Anniversary – This year we are celebrating ten years of the Carers Centre being an independent charity. We are currently planning an AGM/Celebration which will be held on Thursday 8 October. Invites will go out shortly.
Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year –The staff at the Swansea Marina store have been so enthusiastic about raising as much money as possible for carers in Swansea. We have already held our first fundraising weekend and collected over £300! Our next weekend will be the 4th, 5th and 6th September so if you are near Sainsbury’s call in and see us. Some of the staff at Sainsbury’s along with a team from the Carers Centre have signed up to run the Swansea Bay 10k in September.
We ran training in August for 15 working carers at the DVLA in Stress Control and had excellent feedback.
We began July with the fantastic news that we are officially Sainsbury’s (Swansea Marina)’s local charity of the year. Many thanks to everyone who voted for us, it will make a huge difference. Sainsbury’s staff are keen to get involved with Swansea Carers Centre and raise funds and we look forward to working with them.
As usual on the first Monday of the month we held our Holistic Therapies sessions, giving carers a much needed treat and a bit of ‘me time.’ One carer commented afterwards, “I feel amazing, so relaxed. The whole experience was such a treat. More please! Thank you all so much for giving up your time to enable this to happen for me!”
Also during the first week we held our monthly Book Club for carers and former carers. This support group has been running for over 5 years and keeps getting bigger and bigger with new carers joining us for mutual support, a love of reading and good company! We have planned a trip to Tenby in August as well as our annual pilgrimage to Hay-on-Wye.