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.
New Carers Clinics With funding from the ABMU Penderri Network we begun holding our Carer Clinics at GP surgeries throughout the Penderri cluster.
“This new service enables carers to easily access information that can help them in their caring role.” said Emma Daniels, Senior Project Manager “For us, it is an opportunity to promote the services we offer to carers in their community and to get a greater understanding of carers issues.”
The next Carers Helpdesk will be held on Monday 27 March – Fforestfach Surgery – 9.30 – 12 noon.
Mind, Body and Spirit
Our new 2 year Carers Training Project, funded by the Henry Smith Charity & the Community Foundation in Wales, has started. Ali, our Training Co-ordinator has put together a mixture of training for your Mind, Body and Spirit. Get in touch with Ali and book your place.
Swansea Carers Centre’s Young Adult Carers Project hosted an event at Tapestri in Swansea. The event was to raise awareness of the Young Adult Carers Project which is for carers aged 16 to 24 years old to have break, try new activities, and get support and information.
Over forty people attended the event.Throughout the day there were workshops for the young adult carers to experience new activities. These included a self-defence workshop and a Chinese boxing workshop with local instructor Leigh Evans, who has studied martial arts in Japan.
“An amazing day! The creative workshops were so relaxing and fun.” and that it was “Really well organised. I feel I know so much more about what Swansea has to offer carers.”
Swansea Young Adult Carers Project runs a twice monthly youth club, and other trips, taster sessions and support groups, as well as one to one support and signposting for young adult carers. The young person doesn’t have to be the main carer in order to access support from the project. If you know a carer aged between 16 to 24 years of age who could benefit from support from the project, please contact Swansea Carers Centre on 01792 653344 and ask for Alex or Ruth.
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.
Book club enjoyed their annual trip to Hay – On-Wye. The fourteen members who came along met for lunch at the ‘Old Stable Tea Room’ and browsed the book and charity shops in the town.
Unveiling our mosaic
During a Carers Week event in June, carers were invited to contribute ideas to design a mosaic which would hang in the reception of Swansea Carers Centre. From the various thoughts and images, a design emerged. This morning at the Carers Centre the mosaic was finally unveiled. Mary Hayman, the artist who helped create the mosaic spoke about how the project evolved and gave an explanation of each stage of the project. Entertainment was provided by the Singing Break Project. Congratulations to all involved!!
Bringing Gower Home session
We ran a digital photography session with carers in the Gower – thanks to Melanie & Ben for funding &running it.
Over 40 carers and professionals attended the Information and Evaluation Event of the Social Services & Well-being Act at the Waterfront Church. Speaker, Professor Luke Clements was guest speaker and CARP organised the event which included workshops. CARP will put together an evaluation report of the day.
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’.