As the year draws to a close, we wanted to take a look back at successes of Manchester Carers Network during 2018. There’s so much to celebrate and we spoke to some of our network members to find out what they were really proud of.
Carers training programme
In February we started running our free workshops for carers in Manchester. Since February we have run 42 workshops and trained 323 carers. We’ve had workshops in a wide range of topics such as moving and handling, first aid, cookery and legal rights. These workshops have run in many different spaces in the city providing “lots of useful information given to help me and my family”.
We’ve worked with some top quality training providers to provide this training to carers. Some of the organsaitons we have worked with are Disabled Living, Red Cross, Hugh Jones Solicitors and Bounceback Food. The feedback from carers has been that “[the] trainer was very knowledgeable- engaged well with audience”.
Carers week 2018
We had a fantastic carers week back in June celebrating carers week with a whole host of different events taking place across the network including the launch of the carers videos, a carers lunch at a city centre restaurant, workshops, food and drink taster evenings and a carers treat in the park. Watch this space for carers week 2019…
Carers rights day 2018
We recently celebrated carers rights day in the studio in Manchester city centre. We had a brilliant turn out of 96 people including 63 professionals and 33 carers. The day was jam packed with various workshops and the afternoon was facilitated by the fantastic Manchester young carers group. We also had our extremely successful #carersrealities campaign on social media highlighting the realities and wishes of carers across the network.
Lifted – being part of the network
For Lifted It’s being part of a bigger carer network across our city. It’s also having the opportunity to share, contribute and work more closely with other organisations. (Emma, Lifted)
Together Dementia Support – new minibus
For us, it has to be winning the People’s Projects in the north west in May. This enabled us to buy a minibus and to fund monthly trips out for our younger members who are living with dementia. (Sally, Together Dementia Support)
Manchester Carers Forum – training programme and one to one support line
In 2018 we developed a strong link with the Network’s Learning and Development Programme which has offered a great opportunity for carers to access training through attending their usual groups. Carers who attend our groups share tips and provide support to each other. This year carers have been on trips to concerts, the coast and countryside.
In April we were awarded NCVO’s Mentoring and Befriending Approved Provider Standard for our 1-1 carer support. Our telephone support line connects carers to someone who will offer a listening ear, friendship and support. Our support line volunteers have cared for a family member or friend themselves, so have first-hand experience of being a carer. If carers need specific information we help them to find answers to their questions. We also offer face-to-face befriending and coffee mornings. (Anne, Manchester Carers Forum)