Carer Well-Being Support & Activities
Unpaid carers face day to day struggles that can take a considerable emotional and physical toll, which is why it is important for carers to take a break and unwind. We value the hard work unpaid carers put into the care of their loved ones, however carers need to take time out too as it is just as important that you look after your own health and well-being. This is why we offer a range of free opportunities for you to relax and unwind so that you recuperate and recharge and deliver the best and safest care you can.
We offer a variety of engaging and relevant well-being activities. This can be from short breaks and respite, to full-day activities. Come along to our well-being days and meet other carers in similar positions and improve on your own health and well-being.
We currently have a timetable of weekly well-being sessions currently being delivered over ZOOM (scroll to the bottom of this page to view them), as well as offering 1-2-1 well-being calls (below).
*Bespoke Well-Being Support during COVID-19*
Universal Services for Carers in Derby are always looking at new ways we can support carers with their own emotional and physical well-being needs. The current COVID-19 pandemic has led to many carers feeling increasingly isolated and lonely. As a service, we recognise this and see it as our duty to help support carers through these unprecedented times. We are therefore pleased to announce that we have implemented a Well-Being Call service, where one of our trained members of staff will dedicate time to personally call a carer for a friendly and supportive conversation. The calls serve as an opportunity for carers to not only talk to someone outside of their household that understands their situation, but for carers to also gain much needed emotional support or to be linked with other carers that have similar interests and hobbies and as a result benefit from peer support and friendship.
What you need to know:
• Well-Being Calls are informal and friendly – it’s an opportunity to offload and talk to someone in confidence that understand and empathises about your life and caring situation;
• Our trained staff are non-judgemental and the call is a safe space to talk openly about how you feel;
• We can provide further information if needed – for example, you can sign up to our newsletter and we can send you details about future training and well-being opportunities or we can help you with additional referrals;
• We can book a Well-Being Call for a time that suits you;
• Each call is for a 20-minute time slot where a trained member of staff will dedicate this time solely to talking to you about how you are feeling and what we can do to help;
• You can book to have a weekly call and schedule us in your diary;
• If you are interested in talking with other carers, we can buddy you up with another carer so that you can offer each other peer support.
How to book a Well-Being Call:
If you would like to be referred for a Well-Being Call, please telephone our help-line or send us an email with your contact details and stating that you are interested in a well-being or peer support call.
Once we have your details, we will give you a call to either have your Well-Being Call there and then or to book a specific time slot that suits you.
Head to our Facebook page to view our spectacular winter well-being calendar, where a video will be released daily offering a unique self-care activity. It includes everything from delicious soup and smoothie recipes, to mindful crafting ideas and instructions on how to make your own lavender bath salts! If you don’t use social media, you can call the help-line and request a paper well-being calendar (packed with lots of self-care tips you can do yourself at home).
For our weekly well-being activities, please see the timetable below: