Swansea Carers Centre works in partnership with Swansea Council, ABMU Health Board and the other Carers Organisations across the Western Bay region to inform and consult with Carers when they access health and local authority services. It is important for us to know how we are doing when it comes to providing that information? Feedback from Carers plays a vital part in monitoring the progress of this work so we want to know your views.
Below is a link to short survey – please could you just take a couple of minutes to complete the survey. It is confidential and no personal details are collected.
Many thanks for your help
We are delighted to have been chosen by the Social Flag project to have our flag flown from The Guildhall Rotunda Flagpole during Carers Week.
The Social Flag Project® is a collaboration between Swansea’s flag brand Flags by MrFlag.com and City & County of Swansea in association with the South Wales Evening Post. Representatives of these organisations and Swansea Carers Centre will all be in attendance on the 12th, and we hope you will consider joining us. This simple flag-raising event will take place outside on the Guildhall Rotunda and is an opportunity to be part of an innovative pilot aimed at benefiting local charities, good causes and social enterprises by using existing public facilities without additional cost to rate payers.
The South Wales Evening Post will be taking photos for a piece scheduled to be published in the following days. In addition we’ll have our own photographer taking photos and vox-pops which we’ll be using on our own website and social media platforms throughout the year.
Here’s our schedule for the day:
Social Flag Project®; raising the Swansea Carers Centre flag
Location: Guildhall Rotunda, Swansea SA1 4PE
Date: Monday, 12th June 2017
10:15 Charles & Jo Ashburner of the Social Flag Project® and MrFlag® arrive on site to be available to greet guests.
10:30 The St John Cymru-Wales Mumbles Division flag (currently flying on the Guildhall Rotunda flagpole) is lowered in preparation for new flag.
10:45 Representatives of Swansea Carers Centre and other guests arrive.
11:00 Photographs of attendees and supporters with Swansea Carers Centre flag (please ensure that you are on-site by this time if you wish to be part of the event photographs).
11:10 Swansea Carers Centre flag is raised on the Guildhall Rotunda flagpole.
Click on the link to find out what new services we will be offering including funding from the Big Lottery to fund a ‘Celebration’ for carers during Carers Week (June 2017). Watch this space.
With funding from the ABMU, Liz Rees has begun her new post covering Morriston, Cefn Coed, Gorseinon and Singleton Hospitals. Karen is still covering Morriston Hospital on a Thursday speaking to professionals about recognising carers as partners in care and also giving advice and information to carers visiting the wards and clinics. Click Here for details
Welcome to Marilyn Morgan our new Finance & Facilities Officer.
“Hi I am Marilyn Morgan I am a mum of 3 grown up children and a grandmother and love spending time with my family.
I have been in Business Administration for 20 years and worked in the third sector the whole of my career. I previously worked for Shaw Trust and most recently with British Red Cross all of whom do wonderful work supporting people with a diverse range of needs.
I recently started with Swansea Carers Centre as Finance & Facilities Officer; I am quite excited about my role and the challenges ahead. I’ve heard wonderful things about the work of the the Carers Centre and how nice the staff and volunteers are. I am looking forward to getting to know and work with everyone here and hope I will soon become a part of the furniture and prove to be a valuable part of the cog that supports carers in Swansea.”
We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. The Centre will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
On Friday 25th November , Carers Rights Day was held at the Liberty Stadium Swansea. Throughout the morning , carers listened to guest speakers including, Swansea Carers Centre Director, Janet John, Dr. Nina Williams and Taha Idris OBE. Carers had the opportunity to visit the information and advise stalls available at the event. The afternoon was followed by a performance by the ‘Singing Break project’ choir.
The first Young Adult Carer Event ‘All About Me’ took place at the YMCA on 7 October. Laughter yoga, music, making face masks and bath bombs, a dinosaur and pizza! An afternoon of fun and relaxation for young adult carers.
On Thursday the 4th of August members of the Young Carers Project along with two Swansea Carers staff went on a trip to Caswell Bay to try out surfing.
The group appreciated the opportunity to go somewhere that they wouldn’t usually go , and to have a break.
A young adult carer remarked that they had been looking forward to the trip because ” It is going to be the best day that I’ve had all week”
Lessons were booked with Gower Surfing LTD.The day was a success with a number of the young carers saying they would go surfing again.
The Book Club in August was thrilled when Swansea author, Tracy Rees came along to book club. We had recently read her new book ‘Florence Grace’ and we were all extremely excited to have Tracy along to explain the characters how she came to develop the story. Tracy also updated the group on what she has been up to and working on since we read her book ‘Amy Snow’.
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.
Plans are well underway for next week’s Carers’ Week 6-12th June. We have so many information stands around the City:- Sainsbury’s, Morriston and Singleton Hospital, the local colleges, Civic Centre to name a few. Pop in and speak to our staff or just pick up some information. We have been putting packs together this afternoon! In this heat too!
As usual it was a very busy and successful Carers Week. Our Caring for Carers Well-Being Day on Thursday 9th June was attended by over 100 carers and professionals who came together at the Scout & Guide HQ to enjoy a day of relaxation, information and activities. “I massage my autistic son and daughter every night. It was lovely to experience nurture myself. Yoga and mindfulness help me during the challenges facing me as a carer!” said one participant
“This event gave me practical advice and assistance, knowledge for my role and a knowing that there is help
available!” said another
Carers getting a chance to relax
Prior to this year’s event Carers were asked to put forward nominations for professionals who have gone the extra mile and made a real difference to them in their roles as unpaid carers.
A wide variety of nominations were received for professionals working across a range of partner agencies.
(The photograph shows Left to right: Cllr Paulette Smith; Hayley Dardecker (Star Services); Byron Mearday- Family Information Service; Sister Melanie Davies-Ward G, Morriston Hospital; Dr Lloyd-Swansea University Health Centre; Michelle Jones, Princess Street Surgery; Kath Protheroe-Trehafod; Karenza Cassidy-Peer Advocate; Sandra Spratt-SCVS; Cllr Erika Kirchner).