Local charity Carer Support Wiltshire are celebrating their 10th anniversary of helping unpaid carers in the county and asking people to support them so they can continue to help for another decade.
Over the last 10 years, Carer Support Wiltshire have expanded over the border to Dorset. and set up a number of schemes, including Home from Hospital, which helped unpaid carers in the early days after a loved one was discharged from hospital, and the GP accreditation scheme, which sets minimum standards for the services GP practices in Wiltshire provide unpaid carers.
This Christmas, the charity are asking for support – whether it’s in the form of volunteering, donating or fundraising – to ensure that unpaid carers in Wiltshire can access services that support them, such as befriending, counselling and carer cafes.
A donation can be made here or money will also be raised by people choosing Carer Support Wiltshire as their chosen charity when shopping using Give As You Live or AmazonSmile this Black Friday and beyond.
In the week following Giving Tuesday – 30th November, 12pm – 7 December, 12pm, The Big Give Christmas Challenge will double donations made to Carer Support Wiltshire, so making your donation during this time via The Big Give website will double the impact you will have for unpaid carers. Donate at www.thebiggive.org.uk and search for Carer Support Wiltshire to donate.
Leanne Hubbard is Head of Fundraising and Partnerships at Carer Support Wiltshire. She said:
“The work that unpaid carers do hasn’t changed over the last 10 years. We have this incredible army of people doing, often unseen work, to selflessly care for their loved ones.
“But the landscape has changed for them, particularly since the pandemic began. Unpaid carers need to be seen and supported more than ever today, because while the rest of us can return largely to normal this Christmas, many carers continue to shield for the sake of loved ones. They are less able than ever to be able to take respite due to closure of services and fear of exposing the person they care for unnecessarily to risk.”
Carer Support Wiltshire offers many services for unpaid carers, including regular cafes – in person and online – for carers to meet up and access support, and a befriending service called Here to Talk.