The sun shone brightly for our Carers Social Group outing yesterday to Durham Botanic Gardens and the Oriental Museum. Everyone agreed that the gardens are a ‘hidden gem’ and well worth a visit and another…! Here is a selection of photos showing the vibrant colour and beauty of the gardens – no photos were taken in ‘Bug Corner’!!! Find out more at https://www.dur.ac.uk/botanic.garden/whatson/
Each year Carers UK run a ‘State of Caring Survey’ to find out the truth about carers’ lives. This information is then used to push for change to make life better for carers. Please can you take time to complete their 2017 online survey using the link below. Thank you.
Charming new uses for forks! Our Carers Craft Group made some wonderful tassel bag charms this week with the aid of a fork to make pom poms! Why not join us next time on Tuesday 28 March for Decoupage Spring Pots!
Gateshead Carers were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Gateshead, Cllr. Allison Thompson, along with other invited and distinguished guests, to the official launch of their eLearning website designed specifically for Working Carers and Employers in Gateshead. The event was held at HMS Calliope, Gateshead, on the evening of Tuesday 28th February 2017.
This new site, developed in collaboration with Northumbria University staff and students, is specifically designed to support employers and working carers who live or work in Gateshead and work full or part time whilst also providing unpaid care for a family member or friend. People can use the site to access a carers’ awareness e-Learning course, which aims to raise awareness and increase knowledge and understanding of the nature of the caring role, particularly within the working environment.
This project is an excellent example of how collaboration between the private and voluntary sector, local council and local businesses and further education, can come together to benefit Working Carers and Employers both locally and nationally!
In addition to a range of written materials, the site is packed with videos, templates, self-assessments forms, case studies, links to online resources, recommended reading and relevant research. Upon studying all of the topics, visitors will be able to earn a well-deserved Carer Aware Certificate.
This free resource will be of particular value to:
At the launch event, guests were invited to pledge their support helping to build a ‘Carer Friendly Community’ by adding a signed brick to our Lego Pledge House. This theme continues into the year as part of the national strategy for Carers Week 2017 (12-18 June).
The website also has an accessibility toolbar, provided by Gateshead company Recite Me, making it fully accessible to everyone it aims to support. For example, nine per cent of the carers Gateshead Carers’ supports are from a BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) background, whilst eighteen different languages are spoken across its network of carers. Recite Me is perfect for translating the e-learning site content into over 100 languages for them, whilst also making the site fully accessible to people with a disability, learning difficulty, or impairment. It gives people a range of options which are represented by easy to understand icons in a toolbar that appears at the top of each web page. They allow people to change elements of the website such as the font size and font colour, in order to make text easier to read. Anyone who visits the site can also use the toolbar to quickly and easily have the text read aloud to them.
Katalin Bartos, Employer Support Officer at Gateshead Carers, said: “We wanted to create an easily accessible, flexible and cost effective learning site for employers and working carers to use at their own pace, time and location. We had previously spoken to carers we support about the help and support they need and access to information online was a top requirement”.
For further information about the new working carers and employers e-Learning website please contact: Katalin Bartos, Employer Support Officer, Gateshead Carers, email@example.com
Photos (l to r): Martin Robertson (Recite Me); Peter Dillon, Steve Cowen, Jamie Steane; Sharon Lesley Connelly, Lynn Parker, Chris Ogle, Martin Robertson, Deborah Bradshaw; The Mayor of Gateshead Cllr. Allison Thompson, Steve Cowen (CEO of Gateshead Carers Association).
Gateshead Council are currently running a “Safer Gateshead Survey” to find out what Gateshead residents think about safety in their area, as well as to collect views about the community safety partnership, and to prioritise what issues the partnership will focus on over the coming year.
The Community Safety Team are using the Council’s residents panel called ‘Viewpoint ONLINE’ to run the survey, so if you’d like to fill it in, please Join Viewpoint on the Viewpoint ONLINE webpage. The panel is incentivised and so everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A, a £40 and £25 shopping voucher, or a Vue Cinema – Gateshead Family Ticket.
The consultation will be available until Sunday 2nd April 2017.
NEW regular coffee morning for our LGBT carers group will be held on the first Wednesday of the month, at the red sofa area at John Haswell House. Starting 1st March ! See you there.
We were delighted to welcome a group of our volunteer Befrienders to John Haswell House today (1 Feb) for a training session delivered by Laura Ratcliffe. Our Befriending project will run for the next 10 weeks providing support for carers that may be facing isolation and loneliness and in need of some company and or encouragement to venture out. As part of the training, the group watched a very poignant film produced by Independent Age which we would like to share with you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT5Q1Mk9jUc
If you would like to know more about the project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org