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Welcome to Swansea Carers Centre
Welcome to Swansea Carers Centre
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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

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BZBJM79

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Swansea Carers Centre is in the news!!

Swansea Carers were chosen by the ‘Social Flag Project’ at Swansea’s Guildhall, to promote our free services for carers in Swansea. We want to give a big thank you to the Swansea Flag Project ‘Mr Flag’ and Swansea City Council for allowing us to fly the flag for carers.

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Carers Week 2017

Swansea Carers Centre have celebrated Carers Week. The day offered a Bollywood dance Class, Holistic Therapies, and the Carers Choir.

Carers also had the opportunity to join in workshops including, jewellery making, bag designing and willow making. A big thank you for those who took part and attended our Carers Week. #BigCelebration.

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Flying the Flag for Carers

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.
11:30 End

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We kicked off April with 12 carers joining us for ‘Dancersize – Get Fit and Have Fun’. The carers danced to various styles of music and dance.

6 carers attended Skills for Time Management learning how to prioritise their time so that they can have more time to themselves.

We sent out our Spring newsletter ‘The Courier’ to 1600 carers throughout the City & County of Swansea and started to plan our Carers Week activities.

We also run Carers Clinics at Brynhyfryd, Cheriton, Manselton surgeries.  Suzy Davies AM came along and attended the Manselton Surgery clinic to speak to carers about any concerns tChalkboardhey had.

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Spring 2017

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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.

 

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Mind Body Spirit Leaflet April 2017

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Young Adult Carers Project Event

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. 

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Happy New Year to both carers and professionals working with carers.

The New Year has begun with exciting funding news.  

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Carers Rights Day 2016

The Liberty Stadium Swansea.

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’ capture-3choir.capture-5

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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 laughter-yogaphoto1carers.