None of us know what’s ahead of us. Last year alone, over two thousand people turned to us for help for the first time. We can’t cure a loved one but we can make the caring role easier.
Realistically being a Carer can mean being on call 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. As you can imagine, that leaves little time for a social life and makes maintaining a career difficult. Many Carers face financial hardship and severe social isolation. Yet without exception, we find that Carers want to continue providing care. They are not looking for a way out or to pass their responsibilities on to someone else. They just want someone to turn to, for advice to know they are not alone, to be listened to and heard, and to have the occasional day or few hours off, just to be themselves.
Your fundraising support will ensure we’re here for everyone who needs us both now and in the future.
Walk a mile in my shoes - Carers Week 2013
To celebrate Carers Week 2013 we are inviting you to do something different and join us in Gloucester Park, on Saturday 15th June wearing someone else’s shoes. Swap shoes with your son, daughter, husband, best friend, neighbour or even a complete stranger and 'Walk a mile' in support of the 63,000 unpaid Carers in Gloucestershire. Last year carers saved the local economy an incredible £508 million.
It is free to take part but we ask you to raise a minimum of £10 sponsorship money. And everyone who takes part will be entered into a draw to win dinner, bed and breakfast at the beautiful Hatherley Manor Hotel. There are also some great prizes for the top fundraisers.
There will be plenty to enjoy after the walk with stalls, music and activities. Why not bring a picnic lunch to share with your family and friends? We’ve all got our fingers crossed for a sunny day.
Join Eric who will be walking his mile.
Eric turned to Carers Gloucestershire, when he was at a very low point in his life. With his wife suffering from anxiety, depression and complex physical health problems, he had given up work as a designer to become her full time carer.
"As a carer, there are no instructions. Carers Gloucestershire have been brilliant, right from the outset. Within days an advice worker had come round and helped me to become a lot calmer and more able to cope."
Just £25 pays for an hour with an advice worker which for many people will be a significant turning point in their life.
Download the flyer here about how Carers Gloucestershire supported a local unpaid carer Eric, at a time of crisis