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Dorset HealthCare is asking local unpaid carers to recognise the value of what they do - and remember to look after themselves.
result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many carers will be going through an
especially challenging time, and it’s important they seek help when they need
it and open up about their own health and wellbeing.
The Trust will be celebrating their massive, but sometimes overlooked, contribution to our communities with a host of online events and awareness-raising activities.
Pop a poster in your window
Celebrate that you are a carer and get recognised by downloading and printing the Carers Week logo, colouring it in and placing in your window celebrating carers. Download here.
Or if you fancy being even more creative, Carer Support Dorset have come up with their own poster for you to print and colour in. Download it here.
Or use their pre-made one here.
Write a poem
Could you jot down into words how it feels to be a carer? We’d love to receive your poems and share. Email them to email@example.com or share via social media tagging in Dorset HealthCare.
Reflect on your experience
During the week, we would like you to reflect on being a carer. Take a photo or video (with consent and permission) and share your thoughts, feelings and tips for others. Use the hashtag #carersweek
Facebook frame: click here to add the Carers Week Facebook frame to your profile picture. You will need to log in to your Facebook account first.
Twibbon: click here to add the Carers Week 2020 Twibbon to your Twitter profile. You will need to log in to your Twitter account.
Rossano Sal Singing
On Friday 12 June at 4pm, Rossano Sal will be singing live for Carers
Week. Clickhere to join the Facebook event and listen.
Virtual tea party – Dorset county residents
Carer Support Dorset
is running a daily virtual cuppa during the week for Dorset county residents
To join any of these free sessions please email firstname.lastname@example.org for joining instructions.
Online events –
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole residents
CRISP is hosting various events during the week, including Bingo
and a cooking session. Take a look here.
Visit LiveWell Dorset for support with
your health and wellbeing or call 0800 840 1628.
Click on the below
to listen to our carer wellbeing podcasts created with Dorset Mental Health
Looking after your wellbeing.
Am I a carer? Or am I just a mum, a daughter, a son,a wife, a husband, a friend?
Laughter yoga is a
new way to have fun and exercise, while helping to reduce your stress levels
and create positive energy. Anyone
can laugh for no reason without relying on humour, jokes or comedy. You can
feel the benefits on the very first session. Watch a video here and if you enjoy it have another go here.
exercise is called “five senses”, and provides guidelines on practicing
mindfulness quickly in nearly any situation. All that is needed is to
notice something you are experiencing with each of the five senses. Download the senses here.
Here is access to free course on various subjects lasting
between three to eight weeks. They can take up to approx. three hours a
week. There are many courses to choose
from to help you stay connected. Click here.
proven it helps with you mental health and wellbeing so why not take part in
the ‘Care Free Carer’s Choir’ available via Zoom. Contact Chrissy on 07840 976584.
Dorset services are here for you now and always.
Click here to find out what further support is available.
Read the latest Caring Matters magazine here.