June 18th, 2019
Carers Week 2019 was an extraordinarily busy week! The theme this year was getting carers connected in their community and we had LOADS of events running throughout the week to help carers do this. In fact, despite a month's worth of rain, we saw carers of all ages laughing, connecting and having a break from their caring role.
We kicked the week off with a trip to Hampton Court Palace which proved a wonderful (and dry!) day out. Carers participated in arts and crafts as well as touring the historic property soaking up the atmosphere of the palace and gardens. The afternoon was topped off with cake and tea and the young carers played in Hampton Court's Magic Garden.
We had lots of positive feedback with one carer calling it "a magical afternoon".
The rest of the week was filled with wellbeing and pampering sessions, information stalls, mindfulness workshops and, of course, many more cups of tea!
Carers in Ashtead were treated to an excellent session inviting them to explore mindful techniques to help them manage stress. The group participated in breathing exercises aimed at promoting relaxation and many reported that these were helpful strategies they could incorporate into their daily routines.
We also had staff out across the county at various hospitals chatting to carers about how we could support them. This was really useful for carers to find out more about what's available to them, especially those new to caring who don't always recognise the impact caring may have on their lives.
Carers in Godalming enjoyed pamper sessions including massage, manicures and facials alongside a mindfulness workshop.
It goes without saying that we had tea, coffee, cake and chocolate by the truckload all over Surrey.
We'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the carers who battled the rain to join us and to our wonderful teams who worked so hard to bring it all together.