Carers' Week celebrations

Carers' Week celebrations

Posted on 13 July 2016 by Monika Reichelt

We celebrated Carers Week this year (6-12th June) with a wee get-together in our carers café.  Guests got to see the premiere of our new carers café film and were also treated to a delicious afternoon tea.

Our Carers Week information stand was also on display in the hospice foyer offering information about the support we offer to carers, as well as complimentary sprigs of lavender to symbolise love.

Since being launched in October 2014, our carers café has gone from strength to strength. The café meets every Friday from 2-4pm at 35 Racecourse Road, Ayr and is open to anyone caring for someone with a life-limiting illness across Ayrshire and Arran,

Lynne Carmichael, manager explains “We did a lot of consultation with carers before opening our café. They told us that they often feel isolated and out of their depth when caring for a loved one and our café was designed to try and address those needs. Carers meet with others who are also caring for someone and have the opportunity to share, pick up some information or just have some time out and be themselves. Within the café we host talks about different subjects of interest to carers. Recent talks have included power of attorney, the emotions faced when  caring and how to manage medication.   Topics and guest speakers are guided by requests from carers who attend the café”.

The carers’ café was made possible with support from the Big Lottery Fund and feedback so far has been great:

“Everyone has their own problems but the opportunity to share helps, I just think I feel like that sometimes and I don’t feel so alone”

“You get peace and gain friendships”

“You can wonder how to deal with things then pick up tips from other carers, it really helps”

“Picking up information makes you worry less when there is lots to worry about”

“We were all thrown into this, we don’t have degrees and you have to learn fast how to work things out and manage”

“I can get down and I can share those feeling here”

So if you are caring for someone with life-limiting illness why not drop in? Come and meet others who are also caring for someone. There’s no need to make an appointment, just come along and share in the company of others facing similar issues.

For further information contact

01292 269200