Action for Carers Christmas Appeal

Action for Carers Christmas Appeal

We've all now experienced the pressures of lockdown, but for many carers, that's just normal life - isolation, lack of opportunity and stress. But you can help them, by supporting our Christmas appeal to help ensure no carers experience loneliness or desperation this winter.

Action for Carers isn’t what I want to keep well, it’s what I need.

We’ve all had one of the strangest years. But for many carers, it’s been devastating.

Carers of all ages are exhausted, distressed and under huge pressure. With fewer services available, and friends and family less able to support, COVID has made an already lonely and stressful role even more difficult.

As we move into winter, isolation, depression and money worries are all likely to get worse. Many carers face a lonely and unhappy Christmas.

However, we are here to help.

We support all Surrey’s carers, aged 5-95. And despite COVID, our support has continued, making a huge difference, quite literally a lifeline for many.

I’m only coping because of Action for Carers.

Our knowledgeable and friendly advisors support carers with every practical, financial and emotional difficulty they have, providing expert advice, guidance and real solutions.

The team have been absolutely fantastic. They have listened to us and understood our circumstances when few else did. They have offered our family the real support we sorely needed! We still face our challenges but it’s lovely to feel that we are not alone.

And our events, face-to-face (where possible) and on-line, are proving invaluable, helping carers to enjoy the company of others, have a tiny bit of ‘me time’ and realise they are NOT alone.

Wanted to tell you just how much I enjoyed this workshop. Like everyone, being restricted in what we can do, this was a real breath of fresh air, to feel real again, as somehow everything has begun to feel unreal. Thanks for injecting some life back, some enthusiasm for something again, so that I can stay strong to carry on caring for my son.

Hi,  just wanted to say Thank You 😊. S had a blast this afternoon and absolutely loved it. I haven’t heard her laugh like that in a very long time 😁.

Thank you and your team for working hard and organising such wonderful classes/info sessions!  These events provide a range of much needed information, improve our overall health and mood, and create chances to socialise and connect while we are stuck at home.

Can you help us do more?

We know money’s tight for most people. But if you can, would you be able to spare a little to help Surrey’s carers feel less alone?

I can’t put into words how much you helped us both through bad times.

We receive funding for our core costs from Surrey County Council, but rely on the generosity of supporters to provide events and activities, things like wellbeing sessions for adults, transition events for young adult carers thinking about further education, and time out activities for our young carers to give them a break.

The variety of workshops offered caters for all, I am so impressed and grateful.

A little goes a long way

You can make a real difference to a carer this Christmas. Please help us support more carers in crisis.

  • £10 pays for us to send welcome packs to 4 young carers and their families
  • £30 pays for a yoga tutor for our Zoom yoga groups for adult carers
  • £50 pays for tickets at a bowling social event for 8 young adult carers
  • £100 pays for the venue for a 4-week young carers group
We can only do all we do with the help of people like you.
Thank you.

I’d like to donate

I love caring. It fills my heart but sometimes it’s so hard. You don’t get to have a break when you want and I think it’s unfair we don’t get paid for our hard work.  I help with everything. My mum is disabled. My siblings are autistic and my dad works. I am 9. I can wash, cook, clean, look after the kids, make beds, sort uniforms and lunches. I also struggle coz I’m dyslexic and there’s not much help at school. It’s embarrassing always asking for help. I love SYC [Action for Carers’ youth service] because they do fun days out –  I just wish there was more – no worries, meeting new friends and laughing lots.

Sessions have helped me to cope with challenges faced and be more positive. It has helped me tremendously just talking to one of the Action for Carers team. Thank you for bringing a variety of useful events into our home. Most grateful. It’s good to know the support is out there.

 

If you’d prefer to give a gift directly to a young carer…

Young carers looking after a brother, sister, parent or grandparent, often live in households with money pressures. Caring situations can mean adults in the household can’t work, either because they have a disability or illness themselves, or because they are caring. There’s often not enough money for core essentials, such as toiletries, let alone luxuries.

That’s why we try and provide some of these items for our young carers through donations. Could you help us this Christmas? We’ve loads of products, from shampoo and hairbrushes to deodorant and razor blades – simply choose what you’d like to gift, click and pay, and you can write a message that we can relay to the children and young people too.

Toiletries donations

Make your spending go further

P.S. if you’d also like to try a free and easy way to support us, why not sign up to Easy Fundraising and ‘support as you shop’ while you do your online Christmas shopping?! Every purchase raises donations to help Surrey’s carers. And over 4,000 shops are signed up (like Argos and John Lewis). It won’t cost you an extra penny. Sign up for free. 

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I do not know how I would cope without the support of Action for Carers. Thank you all.

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