It’s been an incredibly busy Carers Week for us this year. Staff, carers, supporters and fundraisers have danced, sung and walked their way through the week – all in a bid to make caring visible, creating a community where carers are recognised, valued and supported.
Here’s a quick recap for you…
Launching Carers Week
Get ready for lots of feet pictures and videos! We started the week with our launch video.
Members of our fantastic Singing for Everyone group met together virtually to record a special rendition of ‘Lean on Me’.
Talented pupils in Swindon also shared their entries for Swindon Schools Got Talent.
Here is Amaya’s entry:
“Hi, my name is Amaya Grace and I am 13 years of age. I decided to perform Rise Up as I believe this song provides us with hope and determination at this time of uncertainty. I believe the lyrics help us believe we can be stronger together during this pandemic. Even though I am not a Young Carer, I think this song shows that they are not alone. I hope you enjoy the performance.”
Tales and Tails Tuesday
Our Swindon Carers Centre mascot Muttley joined in with Tales and Tails Tuesday by sharing a special message for Carers Week.
We talked to parent carers Malcolm and Jessica about their experience of caring for their two sons Logan and Leo.
“It’s like being a parent, but tenfold. The term disability covers such a vast range of needs. For us, it’s like looking after a newborn 24/7. Before we were allocated paid support, I used to be exhausted after getting them ready – and that was just 8am in the morning.”
Maria also shared what it’s been like caring for her daughter over the past 15 years.
“There have been lots of hiccups on our journey and at times everything seemed to be a battle. Being positive has made our journey a happy and memorable one. Caring to meet the needs of my daughter is a 24/7 job with days of tiredness, lack of sleep and no breaks.”
Swindon Carers Centre staff put on their wackiest outfits to follow this week’s theme of ‘make caring visible’.
We hope you had fun seeing some of us in a slightly different light and that we made you smile!
Tea Party Thursday
You made us all feel very hungry by sending in some fantastic entries for our baking competition.
We also shared young carer Chloe’s story with you. She’s been baking for friends and family during lockdown, which is such a wonderful way to show kindness to people at a time when it’s really needed.
Did you recognise any funky feet in this video? Funky Friday was a chance for supporters to kick back with their cosiest socks and slippers or to dress up in sparkly high heels – whatever they fancied!
Saturday: Walk A Mile in a Carer’s Shoes
You got your walking shoes on for our annual Walk A Mile fundraising event.
Pupils at Wanborough Primary School walked their mile earlier in the week – what superstars!
Marion and Zoe at Swindon Carers Centre also completed their walk.
What a fantastic week it’s been. Thank you for your support!