Are you looking after someone who has a physical or mental health issue? Are you wondering where carers can get help when it all feels too much? Do you feel time poor and perhaps a little lonely? Where do you find support and information for carers?
Support and information for carers
There are a number of charities at a local and national level offering help to unpaid carers. However, I wondered if you know that Virgin through its Virgin Care company has its very own Carers Club website, blog and community.
What help is available to carers?
Carers are individuals looking after someone perhaps a relative, friend, neighbour or colleague. They might need emotional or practical support. They might need signposting to agencies and charities that can help them. Carers Club works with public, private and voluntary sector organisations that really do care about carers. Many carers find it therapeutic to share their stories on the Carers Club blog and by doing so they help others in similar situations.
How can Carers Club help financially?
Although Carers Club do not offer direct financial assistance, they have negotiated deals and discounts with a range of companies including travel companies, school uniform suppliers, online yoga class providers and a inspirational company that offers activities for dementia patients. Carers Club are always on the lookout for other brands willing to offer something like a discount code to its readers. In return, brands get free advertising on a Virgin company website. Carers Club also signposts to relevant welfare benefits and grants.
How can you get involved in Carers Club?
Carers Club are keen to hear from anyone who is a carer, thinks they might be or has an interest in helping those who do care. That includes individuals, PR companies, brands, local authorities, employers, learning providers, faith groups and charities.
Who should I contact?
You can email Kate.Davis-Holmes@virgincare.co.uk to share your thoughts, feelings, stories and ideas.