To celebrate Carers Week 2020 (8 - 14 June) and the theme this year is Making Caring Visible. We are going to be looking at doing a few different things. Because restrictions will still be in place we will have to make use of the internet far more that we would normally do.
We will be bringing you information about other organisations supporting carers, some entertainment and other activities to join in.
I know that there are some fantastically talented and creative people out there caring for someone or supporting a carer and so I'm going to ask that if you have a talent to share and would like to take part in our Carers Week please get in touch.
We are looking for
If you are a carer and interested in taking part email Lesley.Childs@fifecarers.co.uk with details of what you would like to submit.
If you represent an organisation and would like to take part in our information Marketplace during carers week with a short video about the support your organisation gives carers in Fife please contact Lesley.Childs@fifecarers.co.uk
Carers Week this year (8th - 14th June 2020) is going to be very different to other years but probably more important than ever. The theme is "Making Carers Visible". We want carers to be visible to and valued by not just the Scottish Government but also friends, family, the workplace, places we visit and society in general.
It is going to be difficult to celebrate and promote the role of the unpaid carers in Fife this year given that restrictions will still be in place to some degree so please help us to think of a way to do something that "Makes Carers Visible" in a special way.
Samaritans are a well established charity supporting people who are struggling with life and need someone to talk to. They're waiting for your call. Call them for free on 116 123
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you.They're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. https://www.samaritans.org/?nation=scotland
If you are worried about someone who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide and want to help them take a look at the online training tool publishes by Zero Suicide Alliance - you'll find it here https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training it takes about 20 minutes to complete. They have two different types of awareness training, which provide a better understanding of the signs to look out for and the skills required to approach someone who is struggling:
With the start of Mental Health awareness week we are all encouraged to be more careful with our mental health and well being and to focus on kindness to ourselves and others. The Lockdown has made the struggles people already have with keeping their mental health good and has made people who have not previously experienced poor mental health find themselves struggling.
For help and information about dealing with Mental Health struggles take a look a the See Me Scotland page - you'll find it here https://www.seemescotland.org/
Fife Carers is planning to offer a short mindfulness course via Zoom in the coming weeks to help combat the Stress that cares are experiencing during the pandemic.
This is a great opportunity to learn some valuable self-care skills and meet and talk with other carers who are isolated at this difficult time.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact our Advocacy Worker, Wilson Macduff and he will get in touch. with information and details email him directly on email@example.com
The Scottish Government are seeking your thoughts and ideas about the decisions we have to make about heading out of the Coronavirus Covid-19 restrictions. You've got until 10pm on the 11th May to add your thoughts. Follow the link below to take you to the government document to make sure you post your comments on the government page for it. You can comment on this post bu whilst It's interesting for people to read your thoughts they will not be collated by the Scottish Government research and collaboration teams.