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Carers Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the role of the carer. This year the theme is ‘Getting Carers Connected’, so we are doing just that. Between 10th-16th June we will be holding a number of events to connect carers with professionals, services and, most importantly, each other. We know that caring can have an impact on our wellbeing and carers often tell us it can be a challenge to prioritise looking after themselves.
Our Carers Week events range from fun activities that can be enjoyed shoulder to shoulder with other carers, giving the opportunity to expand your network of carer allies, to those highlighting the support and services available within the community. There will be plenty of opportunity to speak with Devon Carers and Carer Ambassadors for advice and guidance, or to organise more substantial support if needed.
The events are spread across the week to maximise accessibility for all carers; we are also holding a live chat via the online pod with Citizen’s Advice, don’t worry if you aren’t available on the day you can add your questions before by signing up: https://devoncarers.thepod.familycarersnet.co.uk/login.php
We hope to see you at your local ‘Information Market’ or giving forest bathing, mindfulness or even horsemanship for health a try!
To view our Carers Week 19 leaflet with listings of events please click here
Please note: dates are correct at time of the Carers Week leaflet going to print. Devon Carers reserves the right to amend, add or cancel events. Please check the website and social media for up to date information.
These events need to be booked in advance via our Helpline 03456 434 435 (unless otherwise indicated) as spaces are limited, these include:
– Horsemanship For Health – Thursday 13th June, Newton Abbot
– Cooking Class – Sunday 16th June, Kitchen House Café, Bovey Tracey
– Crediton Community Connection Fair, Friday 14th June, Crediton Congregational Church
Please do look at our list of Carers Week events for other alternatives.
Carer Connection event – Venue change: Restawhile TASS Café, Pannier Market place, Tavistock, PL19 0AL
Making Connections Roadshow: CoLab, 3 King William Street, Exeter, EX4 6PD Drop-In activities on offer include: Find out about the Together App and meet the Learn Devon Digital Advocates, AGEUK Sitting and Enabling Home Help services, Come and join enjoy refreshments/cake and hear how what you wear and how you wear it can enhance your wellbeing
Information Stand: Drop in and chat with Devon Carers – North Devon District Hospital, Raleigh Park, Barnstaple, EX31 4JB, 10am- 4pm
The Crafters Retreat – Crafternoon Session: For all carers – We will be upcycling glass jars to make tea light holders perfect for our summer evenings in the garden. Crafters Retreat is a low-cost community craft studio with weekly workshops for all. To book: Jenny Pearce 07753 480423 or e: firstname.lastname@example.org Or via Facebook: www.facebook.com/theIvybridgecrafters/ The Clay Factory, Redlake Trading Estate, Ivybridge, PL21 0EZ, 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Information Stand – Awareness and information stand with Devon Carers and partners, on hand to answer any questions you may have. 9am – 1pm, Leatside Surgery, Babbage Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JA
Making Connections for working Carers (RD&E Staff Only): RD&E Hospital, Chaplaincy Area, Barrack Road, EX2 5DW, 12.30pm-13.30pm
Information Event – Royal Hotel, Barnstaple Street, Bideford, EX39 4AE Session now extended 10am-2pm
Making Connections for working Carers: Nancy Potter House, Nelson Close, Topsham, EX3 ODX, 10.30am-12.30pm
We are also hoping to add offers kindly donated by local organisations for carers – please do check back to this page in the run up to Carers Week for more information.
ONE free pass for carers at:
Newton Abbot Leisure centre: sports hall classes, sauna steam sessions and swimming
Dawlish Leisure Centre: Classes and swimming
Broadmeadow Sports Centre (Teignmouth): Classes or afternoon racket sports subject to availability (1-4pm) squash, badminton and short tennis
Lido outdoor pool: (please check the timetable online)
Waiver of £25 joining fee: for any carer or client that wishes to sign up to a membership during Carers Week only
Also ask the Leisure Centre staff for details of a free Carers Pass when accompanying a cared for person at their facilities.
All carers that wish to have a free session will need to bring in their Devon Carers Alert Card for verification.
Tarka Pottery are offering a half-price activity to any carer during Devon Carers Week. Visit www.tarkapottery.co.uk to view their pottery activities. Tarka Pottery, Glebe Farm, Little Torrington, North Devon, EX38 8PS.
Well Woman Workshop: Heart and Mind Devon, The Clay Factory, Redlake Trading Estate, Ivybridge, PL21 0EZ
A nurturing day attracting abundance into your life with meditation, hypnotherapy and flower essences. Book essential, email: email@example.com
Carers Week Offer: £5 discount off full price of £35
People in Devon are being encouraged to ask themselves if they are ready to talk about death and dying with their families during national Dying Matters Week Mon 13th– Sun 19th May 19.
Dying Matters is a national campaign that aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
Here in Devon, two women who lost their husbands have shared their experience in the hope that it will help other families open up and talk about the difficult subject of death.
Linda, Newton Abbot, and Jean, Starcross, want to address this by encouraging people to talk about their wishes towards the end of their lives, including where they want to die and their funeral plans with friends, family and loved ones. They have participated in a short film, sharing their experience and advising others what they can do to be more prepared.
Linda’s husband Terry died in 2017 from prostate cancer. “Nobody talked about it [death]. They just talked about how to try and get better. It was too late by then to be talking about doing forms and stuff like that, about which I knew nothing. I had to discover everything, with no one to help.
When Terry was closer to dying, she realised, “I don’t know what he wants, I don’t know where the passwords are. I don’t know how I’m going to manage with the finances because he does it all.”
Jean’s husband Peter died in 2017. “Whilst death is there for everybody, as birth is, I’m not sure we’re prepared.
“You can go to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, and they will help you. I found it didn’t have to be very detailed, it was mainly expressing wishes. It was a great comfort to the family, and to myself and to Peter, to know that I had looked beyond.
She adds, “I’ve been able to grieve very naturally, and fully, because all those nitty gritty things were sorted. Live life to the full every single day, but life will end, and make it part of living, and then you’re not afraid.”
Please watch their YouTube film here: https://youtu.be/6ohEsNppOsI
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We are very pleased to be supporting Carers Week (Monday 10th – Sunday 16th June) which is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate carers. We have a week packed full of events, enabling carers to get connected in their communities (for a complete list please read pages 4-5) If you are able to, please do come along to meet and chat with us at one of our events.
We always welcome your thoughts and would love to hear from you with regards to items you would like to see included in our future issues, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org