Carers4Carers is a self-help group, run by carers for carers.
It was started specifically to support carers who live in a rural area. Living in a rural area can present a different set of difficulties compared with those living in a more urban environment.
We welcome those who look after a loved one, friend or neighbour, whether living with them or not. We also offer support to those whose cared-for person lives in residential care and former carers.
Carers are ordinary people of any age and from any social or cultural background, who provide unpaid help - in many cases, substantial help - to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, elderly, frail or disabled or who has mental health issues.
The label 'carer' or 'care giver' should not be confused with those who receive payment for looking after someone. These people are sometimes called care-workers or care assistants. They may work in a residential home or they may visit their clients in their home on a regular basis, helping them to maintain some independence.
Read some interesting facts about carers and caring here ......
Carers4Carers meets once a month on the fourth Friday, (which isn't necessarily the last Friday) between 10.30 a.m. and 12 noon. Come when you can and stay as long as you are able.
We meet at the Village Hall, Mill Street, Kineton, CV35 0LB where there is full disabled access and a car park. There is no charge although donations towards running costs are welcome.
We have a speaker at some of our meetings to inform on a range of topics or develop skills to help with our caring roles.
During the summer of 2014 we opened our Companionship Group. Carers who are able to bring their loved ones to the hall can bring them to the Companionship Group for the duration of the meeting. Here they will be looked after by qualified and experienced care assistants from Unique Senior Care. They enjoy the companionship of others, refreshments and a range of activities appropriate to their abilities. These include art activities, games such as carpet bowls, dominoes and word searches, newspapers and a library of interesting books. A place for this group must be booked in advance and the carer must remain on the premises. One of the special treats both our carers and cared-for enjoy are harp therapy workshops.
We always make sure that we schedule some meetings during the year with no speaker or activity so that members can have extra time to talk to each other and share strategies and experiences. On these occasions, carers can also enjoy a few minutes of TLC with our therapist, Anita, from Tranquil Beauty.