Carers Week

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families in the community.

Taking place Monday 12th – 18th June, we want to focus on supporting carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising the needs of their own.

This week we want to recognise how important caring is. We think carers do amazing work every day in Middlesbrough for the people they care for and we’re here to support you.

We offer a Carers and Families Wellbeing service to give people the opportunity to talk about their concerns and to give them a space to focus on themselves rather than the person they care for.

Caring for someone with mental health difficulties can bring unique challenges.

We understand this and give you the right support and advice to help you in the important role you play in that person’s life.

As part of the service, there is also a ‘Me Time’ support group where carers come together to chat and take time out of their week to focus on themselves.

The Me Time group meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

It’s a chance to talk about any worries they have and enjoy group activities such as coffee mornings and arts and crafts.

We spoke to Margaret who helps run the group.

“It has made a difference to my life. It is ‘me time’ and we get each other. We all have similar problems and it’s nice to know we’re not alone”.

Margaret says the group has done a range of activities such as crocheting, cross stitch and even Christmas decorations.

“People have different skills to show or teach. It’s so rewarding to see something the other person has achieved”.

If you would like to find out more about our service or how to join the group please speak to Jackie at carers@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk or 01642 257020.

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