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Linda's Story

"Knowing The Carers’ Centre was always there if I had a question, needed support or just wanted to participate in a social activity with people who understood all that caring involves was so reassuring."

Linda, our Volunteer Carer Champion for High Littleton and the surrounding areas, shares her experience of getting support from The Carers' Centre and why she became a Carer Champion.

"Caring for someone is both rewarding and at times exhausting. I first came across The Carers’ Centre whilst attending a dementia course for relatives and carers at the RUH that had been run by The Carers’ Centre.

Over the following 5 years, I had several occasions when I contacted The Carers' Centre to:

  • Help me locate local organisations and services to support maintaining my parent's independence
  • Arrange to join in a couple of the carer activities where learning a new skill (in my case Christmas wreath making!) meant a relaxing couple of hours with a few other carers which helped recharge my batteries
  • Book a few 1:1 counselling and then telephone sessions when my dad sadly passed away as we entered lockdown

Knowing The Carers’ Centre was always there if I had a question, needed support or just wanted to participate in a social activity with people who understood all that caring involves was so reassuring.

Now, 2 years on I have the opportunity to volunteer a few hours a week alongside my paid job. The Carers’ Centre have introduced a new opportunity to become a Carer Champion. I am only too pleased to pay back some of the support that I have received by becoming one.

Our role is to engage with our local community, acknowledge and identify unpaid carers and the work that they do, and help raise awareness about The Carers’ Centre and the positive, supportive work that they are responsible for locally."

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Carer Champion and joining Linda and our enthusiastic team, please get in touch: volunteer@banescarerscentre.org.uk 

Your involvement and knowledge of your local community would be invaluable!

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If you look after someone, we are here for you. By joining The Carers’ Centre you’ll meet people who understand what you’re going through, and will listen to you. You will also gain access to a range of fantastic and free services to support you.   

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