A new digital project to tackle loneliness amongst bereaved carers has been given the green light thanks to funding from Wiltshire Community Foundation.
Swindon Carers Centre has successfully applied for £7,600 to buy tablets for the project, working with adult carers preparing for and experiencing bereavement.
The funds will be earmarked for the future as we continue to adapt our service delivery in response to the current coronavirus pandemic, creating short, medium and long-term plans to best support carers effectively.
Carers registered with Swindon Carers Centre can continue receiving support after they lose the person they’ve cared for. This includes the opportunity to meet new people at social events and to access sessions with a qualified counsellor.
This new project will allow teach carers the digital skills needed to access a multitude of benefits – from building new relationships to pursuing interests and hobbies, and finding advice relating to health, jobs and welfare.
Fiona Prinzi, Deputy CEO at SCC, said: “Carers tell us that providing care can be extremely rewarding, but very challenging. The loneliness carers experience is caused by a range of circumstances, many of them out of their control.
“They can be so concerned with their cared-for person’s needs that they have no time or energy left to see friends, family or even leave the house. When the person they’re caring for dies, this compounds the feelings of loneliness and isolation they experience.
“For bereaved carers, their lives simply shrink to nothing. It is important to them and us that we bring people together to nurture friendships and peer support which makes a positive change in their lives and gives carers who feel alone a fresh start.”
Wiltshire Community Foundation is an independent charity giving grants and funding to the voluntary sector and charities where people in Wiltshire and Swindon need it most.
Swindon Carers Centre is part of the Carers Trust Network, which has asked the charity to take part in creating a toolkit for bereaved carers – to be shared nationally – due to the strength of its existing work with this group.