Breaks or Breakdown

Research released for Carers Week has found that carers lost, on average, 25 hours of support a month they previously had from services or family and friends before the pandemic.

72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role at all. Of those who got a break, a third (33%) used the time to complete practical tasks or housework, and a quarter (26%) to attend their own medical appointments.

We Need Care Too- Young Carers Stories (The Junction Foundation, June 2021)

The Junction Foundation received a small carers grant from Middlesbrough Council which they have used to raise the profile of young carers in Middlesbrough through a poster campaign. They have worked with a group of young carers to create a series of posters that showcase their individual caring journey. 

The poster campaign is set to launch for Carers Week 2021, 7-13 June. Posters will be printed and distributed in a range of public spaces in advance of Carers Week including GP's surgeries, Pharmacies and schools, which are the key places young carers highlighted. 

Whose Social Care Is It Anyway?

The ‘Whose Social Care is it Anyway?’ Inquiry group issue first findings.  

This inquiry is led by people who draw on social care to lead their lives or who support loved ones to do so. They were tired of being left out of discussions about reform or of being the ‘tick box service user’ so they took matters into their own hands and started the Whose Social Care is it Anyway? Inquiry.

They knew they didn’t know everything so asked people whether they currently experience their vision (below) in their lives and their ideas for change.

Managing someone else's affairs (Carers UK, May 2021)

Carers UK has carried out research looking at carers’ experiences when acting on behalf of the person they care for. This work has been supported by British Gas. For some carers, especially those who have very significant or stressful caring responsibilities, having to communicate with services that do not understand them, or their needs, can be very challenging.

This report shows the findings which include:

Woodside Hub offering space to VCS

"An exciting opportunity has arisen for external organisations to be part of our Health and Wellbeing Hub based at Woodside, Middlesbrough. We will be particularly interested in hearing from services that can be provided for older adults that may address a range of needs including; social and occupational engagement, physical health promotion, emotional and psychological wellbeing including loneliness and living well with a range of physical and mental health conditions including Dementia.

Carers and Physical Activity: A study of the barriers, motivations and experiences of unpaid carers aged 55 and over in England

Carers UK's new ‘Carers and Physical Activity' report looks at ways to support carers over the age of 55 in England to take part in more physical activity, to both reduce loneliness and improve their wellbeing.

The report was supported by Sport England, with funds from the National Lottery.

The research examines the barriers for carers in being active, and shares best practice examples and recommendations to make physical activity more accessible to reduce the health inequalities carers face.

Virtual Event Invite- Exploitation of Children & Young People in Cleveland

South Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership is holding a virtual event in order to share the Cleveland Police Report entitled ‘The Exploitation of Children in Cleveland’ with our practitioners who work under the safeguarding agenda. The event will be co-hosted by Detective Chief Inspector Shaun Page, chair of the Tees Strategic VEMT Group and Sarah Pritchard from Barnardo’s.

Friday 11 June at 9:30-12:30.

Dementia Guide: Living well after diagnosis (Alzheimer's Society April 2021)

The dementia guide includes sections on:

  • About dementia
  • Treatments
  • Living well
  • Planning ahead 
  • Services for people with dementia
  • Research
  • Alzheimer’s Society support services
  • Other useful organisations
Available versions of the guide

WCYC Case Study Template (WCYC April 2021)

We are working on creating a bank of diverse carers stories which will be used to raise awareness of caring to the wider public, help other carers to feel less isolated in their experiences and be used to build a stronger narrative and understanding of the local caring landscape. 

This template will provide a framework for pulling information together, this will help to keep case studies consistent and quicker to create and process.