What Our Carers Say
“Thank you. Without you we would be lost.”
“Very good event. Very useful and interesting. I’m a carer and a professional. Had helpful conversations and took lots of leaflets and contacts. Thank you!”
“Always helpful and friendly.”
Carers Rights Day
Carers Rights Day is a national day, which exists to help carers understand their rights so that they can access all avenues of support available. Whether you are new to your caring role, or you have been caring for a while, we would encourage you to get involved.
Swindon Carers Centre held a virtual online event for Carers Rights Day, in-line with Covid-19 restrictions. The event included updates on key topics including: Hospital discharge processes, the Swindon Learning Disability Partnership Board, NHS priorities for carers and Swindon’s Carers Strategy. Carers were also able to submit their questions for a Q&A session with MPs and health and social care leaders.
There are at least 21,000 unpaid carers in Swindon, who save our town economy £395 million per year. They play a vital role looking after children, parents, partners and friends. That’s why every year, we celebrate Carers Week – an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. At Swindon Carers Centre, we currently support 4000 carers between the ages of 5 and 98.
8th – 14th June 2020
Carers, supporters and staff came together to make Carers Week 2020 a week to remember. This was an action-packed week, with all events held virtually due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The Aspire Fundraising Team at Swindon Carers Centre organised a different activity every day, starting with Musical Monday and ending with our annual fundraising Walk A Mile event on the Saturday. We asked fundraisers to walk a mile where they could and you took up our challenge walking indoors, in back gardens, school playgrounds, and parks. The event raised over £2,000 for carers in Swindon, thanks to Pebley Beach who matched our fundraising efforts pound for pound up to £1,000.
You can catch up with Carers Week 2020 and view our pictures and videos here.
Young Carer Action Day
Young Carers Action Day 2021 will take place on 16 March 2021.
This national date will be led by UK charity Carers Trust, which has set up a working group including young carers and young adult carers to actively to plan activities and media coverage.
We will keep you updated on our plans for this important day!
1st – 7th June
Swindon Carers Centre celebrates Volunteer Week in various different ways; previous years have included inviting all our volunteers in for a coffee and cake morning, taking them out for a meal or giving them gifts. If you would like to be involved, please visit our Volunteer with Us page.
Swindon Carers Centre’s AGM
Swindon Carers Centre invites our Board members, staff, volunteers, Carers and members of the public to our Annual General Meeting. Information is given on the past year’s activities, achievements and accounts and plans for the following year are presented and discussed.