Carers Week 2019
Thank you for joining Walk A Mile!
A huge thanks to all who came to our Walk A Mile in Swindon on 8th June 2019 to launch Carers Week here. Teamwork with other charities, organisations, commissioners, MPs and brilliant supporters to raise awareness of the vital work carers do in Swindon. This year’s theme for Carers Week was all around Getting Carers Connected. Susanna Jones, CEO of Swindon Carers Centre says “Carers in Swindon save our economy £395 million per year. They are an unpaid workforce supporting our health and social care systems and they deserve to have support, information, advice and advocacy too. It’s all our responsibilities to keep carers connected to their community, to employment, to education, to information and to each other”. (Photo credit: Swindon Advertiser)
Carers Week 2018
Swindon Carers Centre held our ‘Walk a Mile in a Carer’s Shoes’ during Carers Week 2018 to raise awareness of the 21,000 unpaid carers in Swindon, highlight the challenges they often face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across Swindon.
Carers Week is an annual national campaign; the focus of this year’s week was to look at all the ways we can support carers to stay Healthy and Connected. We need to build communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.
Our annual ‘Walk a Mile in a Carer’s Shoes’ event took place on Saturday 9th June to kick start Carers Week 2018, which ran from 11th-17th June. The sponsored walk started at Artsite No 9 and the route took us through Swindon town centre. The walk saw carers, staff, volunteers and both Swindon MPs, Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson, walk together to raise awareness. Our Carer’s Choir flash mobbed the walk and performed to a packed crowd in the heart of Swindon town centre. Artsite No 9 held a special carers’ art exhibition, “The Many Masks of an Unpaid Carer”, which was an exhibition of work by local artist Maggie Harris.
The walk was open to anybody who wanted to join us to raise awareness of carers. Money raised will help us support carers of all ages and provide them with respite activities throughout the year.
If you would like to make a donation for this event online, please go to our Virgin Money Giving page by clicking here.
A huge thank you to the local organisations and businesses who supported our event by donating raffle prizes:
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Swindon Bus Company
Thank you also to Sainsburys Brunel for supporting us with refreshments and to Artsite for the venue and art exhibition.