Looking after your health and wellbeing is a priority for us, here at Working for Carers. We strongly believe that looking after the health and wellbeing of carers is vital to ensure that you, as a carer, are happy, healthy and emotionally and mentally secure.
We have several health and wellbeing support services across the boroughs we work with and we encourage you to take advantage of these services. All our staff our trained and will work closely with you, whatever your need.
Gardens and health
The link between gardens, gardening and being outdoors with health and wellbeing has long been understood. And extensive research, including some undertaken by Carers Trust, has now shown that spending time outdoors can significantly improve mental health and wellbeing. Carers Trust is therefore keen to use this learning in their work with carers by encouraging them to find time to spend outdoors.
Carers Trust’s Partnership with the National Garden Scheme
The National Garden Scheme is Carers Trust’s longest standing corporate donor and to date we have received over £3m from them to help support unpaid carers. It raises large sums of money every year for caring and nursing charities, of which Carers Trust is one of the largest beneficiaries.
The money Carers Trust has received from the National Garden Scheme has helped us to support the UK’s seven million unpaid carers. This includes increasing their reach and ability to offer advice, information, respite care, and financial support to carers in their local communities as well as through their policy and campaigning work.
Why not visit one of the hundreds of beautiful gardens opened each year by the National Garden Scheme? Money raised from entry fees is shared out by the National Garden Scheme with its partner charities, including Carers Trust. So your visit will help our work to support unpaid carers across the UK.
To find an open garden near you, search by location and date on the National Garden Scheme’s website.
Getting creative really does boost your mood, survey suggests
Pottery, painting or piano-playing – whatever gets your creative juices flowing will boost your mood, according to new research. Almost 50,000 people took part in the BBC Arts Great British Creativity Test.It suggested that being creative can help avoid stress, free up mind space and improve self-development, which helps build self-esteem.The findings also said there are emotional benefits from taking part in even a single session of creativity.
But there are cumulative benefits from regular engagement in arts activities and trying new pursuits is particularly good for our emotions and wellbeing, it suggests.
The results were revealed on Wednesday as part of the Get Creative Festival – the UK-wide celebration of creativity that runs from 11-19 May.
The survey found that, of the sample:
- 76% of participants used creative activities as a “distraction tool” to block out stress and anxiety
- 69% used them as a “self-development tool” to build up self-esteem and inner strength
- 53% used them as a “contemplation tool” to get the headspace to reflect on problems and emotions
The survey also revealed that the most benefit comes from taking part in live creative activities that involve face-to-face social interaction, like singing in a choir or taking part in a group painting class.
Virtual creative experiences also have some benefits, but there is not as much gain. The research project was led by Dr Daisy Fancourt, a senior research fellow at UCL.
For more information click here to BBC News website
Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing
Please click Live Well for help with your diet, stopping smoking, getting enough exercise and coping with stress.
Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and more caring world.
We all want to live happy and fulfilling lives and we want the people we love to be happy too. So happiness matters to all of us.
Happiness is about our lives as a whole: it includes the fluctuating feelings we experience everyday but also our overall satisfaction with life. It is influenced by our genes, upbringing and our external circumstances – such as our health, our work and our financial situation. But crucially it is also heavily influenced by our choices – our inner attitudes, how we approach our relationships, our personal values and our sense of purpose. Click here for Action for Happiness monthly calendars.
Health & Wellbeing
Date Revised: 29/10/18
Find support to keep you, and the person you care for, healthy.
- It is important that you take care of your own health and wellbeing, even if you are busy looking after someone else’s health.
- Find out more about emergencies, equipment, adaptions and telecare,and medication.
- If you find that caring is putting your relationships with your partner, family and friends under strain, our online relationship guide for carers has guidance on ways to deal with this.
- When caring ends can help you sort out some of the practical problems you may face, such as how to register a death.
- Getting a break from caring may also help you stay well.
- Contact your local carer service to see how they can help you stay healthy.
Also see Live Well on NHS Choices for help with your diet, stopping smoking, getting enough exercise, and coping with stress.
The winter edition of our Body & Mind magazine is here
12 December 2018
The winter edition of our Body & Mind magazine is out now. Our last edition for 2018 is filled with loads of fantastic stories from across our Trust.
In this edition:
● ‘Someone helped me and I want to help someone else’– Meet the award winning Harrow Infant Feeding Team
● ‘CAMHS was the best thing that happened to me’
● 70 years of the NHS
● ‘I knew I could call no matter what’ – Your Lifeline Service launched
Click link to view – Body & Mind Magazine
Carefreebreaks provides short breaks for unpaid carers in hotels and holiday cottages provided free-of-charge by owners during the low season.
Working in partnership with carer support organisations and accommodation providers, we match the demand for breaks with a supply of holiday cottages and hotel rooms donated by owners.Having been referred by a carer support worker, eligible carers are invited to register with Carefreebreaks and specify their preferences for a 3 or 7-night break.After choosing from a selection of properties, the carer is then linked directly to the accommodation provider to finalise the details.A rating and review system encourages accommodation providers to maintain high standards and carers to treat the gift they have been given with respect. After a carer has taken a break, we gather feedback for impact evaluation.
If you are interested in this please contact your local Carers Centre to be referred to this organisation.
More details can be found at https://www.carefreebreaks.com/public
Looking after someone – information and support for carers
‘Looking after someone’ is our guide for anyone caring for family or friends. The guide outlines your rights as a carer and gives an overview of the practical and financial support available.
Health and Wellbeing in your borough
Barnet – Barnet Wellbeing Hub – The Hub is a new service providing a flexible, holistic, person-centred approach focusing on your individual needs and wellbeing. The Hub is the single referral pathway for you to access services and activities in the community to improve your wellbeing.
Brent – Brent Your Community Page
Ealing – One You Ealing offer free one-to-one lifestyle support and advice to people who live in the London Borough of Ealing.
Click One You Ealing or further information
Enfield: Healthy Enfield
Hammersmith & Fulham – One You in Hammersmith & Fulham The Council provide a number of services to help you manage your health and to lead a healthy lifestyle
Harrow – Get Active Harrow Council has partnered with the Pro Active London partnerships to develop an online one stop shop of all the sport and physical activity. This includes: clubs, venues and sporting activities across London. The site is backed by the Mayor of London as part of the 2012 Sport Legacy Plan. The aim is to get more Londoners active, help increase membership of the clubs and assist with making their activities and events a success.
Hillingdon – Hillingdon Leisure – for details on leisure and events
Hounslow – One You Hounslow offer free one-to-one lifestyle support and advice to people who live in the London Borough of Hounslow.
Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it’s moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself — One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.
Click One You to find out more
Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, enriching relationships and bringing satisfaction and wellbeing. However, caring for others often comes at a cost to carers’ own health and well-being as they put their own health needs to the back of the queue.
To be Healthy and Connected, carers need the information and practical support to care safely without harming their own physical and mental health and the right advice and financial support to be able to stay fit and eat healthily. Carers need access to breaks, from a few hours to a couple of weeks, to recharge the batteries and maintain a life of their own alongside caring.
Other Useful links:
Carers Trust, Website: www.carers.org, Telephone: 0844 800 4361,
Carers UK, Website: www.carersuk.org Telephone 0808 808 7777
NHS Choices, Website: www.nhs.uk
Revitalise, Website: www.revitalise.org.uk, Telephone: 0303 303 0145,
Turn2us, Website: www.turn2us.org.uk
Also check your local council websites or visit them for advice on Health & Wellbeing or talk to your Working for Carers Employment for further advice.