Staff and Trustees at Blackpool Carers hope that you and your family are all well during this unsettling time, and adapting to this ‘new uncertain world’ that we find ourselves in. Currently, our carers need our support more than ever and we wanted to keep you up-to-date with what is happening here at Beaverbrooks House.
Our carers need your support
As the world has changed for all of us, your help and support right now has an even greater impact on those most in need. You can make a real difference if you would please:
- Tell your family and friends about our service
If you know of any families who may need our support, now more than ever, please ask them to give us a call on 01253 393748 and register so that we can help them.
- Share this message on social media
Involve your family, friends and colleagues. You never know who might need our support and it is vital that we reach as many carers as we can.
Like, follow and share us on Facebook if you don’t already @ www.facebook.com/blackpoolcarers using #CoronaCarers
- Make a donation
We are helping more carers than ever and your kind support will help us to continue to support our most vulnerable carers during this very difficult time. Visit www.justgiving.com/blackpoolcarers to donate securely online. Thank you so much.
Our support staff are doing an outstanding job in maintaining contact and support with our carers and their families. We are also making deliveries of essentials to those confined to their homes. It’s been fantastic to see their creativity and enthusiasm in action as they move to new ways of working, keeping our carers at the heart of it all. We’re now all fully trained up on Zoom, so we can keep in contact with each other while most of us work safely from home.
Our Adult Carers
As you can imagine, like most of us, our carers are feeling extremely vulnerable. Many are even more isolated than they were before as they are not allowed the human contact that we all crave and they are worried not only for themselves but also their loved ones. They have asked us:
“What happens to my loved one if I get Covid 19?”
“What happens to the family if I have to go into hospital?”
“How will the person I care for cope without me?”
This all adds to the already stressful lives they led prior to this pandemic.
To support our adult carers during this time, we will continue to include phone and online support. Attendees of groups and trips have been contacted by phone, to offer a listening ear and chance to “check in”.
A closed Facebook Group, open to all adult carers registered with us, contains regular posts from our Time Out Team featuring wellbeing and relaxation tips and activities. This content is also available via email for those carers who do not access Social Media.
Upcoming plans include using Zoom to host virtual (online) coffee mornings for carers to connect, and we are collaborating digitally, to create a piece of art representing carers’ experiences at this time.
Our Young Carers
The majority of our young carers have lost their routines, no longer having school as an outlet, somewhere to be themselves and meet friends, a place where they can attempt to be “normal” children for a few hours. They have also lost the opportunity to come to us here at Blackpool Carers for their crucial respite sessions to play with their friends and have the additional support and contact with our dedicated staff.
Whilst Take5 activities have been suspended, we are continuing to support our young carers by posting on our closed facebook page with ideas and challenges to get involved with. These have followed different themes each day, with Mondays: Being Active, Tuesday: Music and Dance, Wednesday: Arts & Craft, Thursday: The Outdoors (including activities that can also be done indoors) and Fridays have had special themes including space, with the space station going over.
We have also been out delivering Easter Eggs to families and would like to thank everyone for their kind donations.
Like our carers, many of our wonderful volunteers have lost part of their routine, especially those who support us on a regular basis here at Beaverbrooks House. They are also missing the social contact being part of the volunteer family at Blackpool Carers gives them.
It is important at this strangest of times, that we maintain the contact with our volunteers, be it through regular telephone calls or a “How are you” update email each week, along with a now popular weekly volunteer quiz.
We feel it is so important to let our volunteers know that we are here for them, to listen, offer support and help when needed, and to reassure them that they are still an essential part of our Blackpool Carers’ ‘family’. Most importantly to stay connected.
As you can imagine, a number of our fundraising events have had to be postponed or cancelled.
If you were due to ride a bike from Castle to Castle (Coast to Coast) in July this year, this will still happen, but it will now be in August 2021. If you were thinking about taking on this challenge but have not signed up yet, you now have even longer to train! So go on, make this your challenge for 2021 and plan for something positive to focus on once we’re out on the other side!
As fundraisers we are now doing a very different job. Our roles have adapted and our priority currently is taking the ‘all hands on deck’ approach in supporting the most vulnerable in our community. Not just carers, but all families locally who need support during this challenging time.
We have linked in with Blackpool Foodbank and Blackpool Council as one of the key organisations implementing the new outreach service, ensuring that vulnerable households in Blackpool have deliveries of essentials in this time of need.
If you know of anyone in need of this support or if you would like to offer help, please visit: www.blackpool.gov.uk/Campaigns/Coronavirus/Corona-Kindness.aspx
Once this pandemic is over, we are hopeful that the population’s focus will shift and people will strive to be kinder, slow down and to think about what really matters in life.
A better life for carers will always be our driving force and we thank you for sharing in our commitment to achieve this. Take care and we hope to have Beaverbrooks House buzzing again very soon.
If you would like more information on any of the above. or details on how you can support our carers further, please contact Terry Hodkinson on 01253 393748 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org