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Staff Carers' Network

Buddy Scheme - Are you new to Warwick or new to the Carer's Network?

The aim of the scheme is to:
  • Ensure new members of staff do not have the daunting experience of signing up to a network and then having to arrive to meetings/events unaccompanied
  • Enable new members of staff or existing staff who may not be ‘out’ as a Carer at work to have an opportunity to meet other members of the network outside of meetings
  • Provide members of staff with someone to talk to and/or accompany to network meetings/events?

If you would like to be paired up with a buddy please complete this form.

The carers' network has been formed following feedback from staff who have caring responsibilities outside of work, this may be an elderly parent or relative, or an unwell relative, partner or child.Carers support

Caring for somebody can be an extremely demanding and tiring responsibility, sometimes talking to someone in a similar situation might help.

I was completely unaware that what I was doing was a carer role and of the effect it was having on me. I didn't think about reaching out for support myself.

The network will provide a safe environment for you to meet with others and an opportunity to discuss issues that you may be facing or just take some 'time out' from your responsibilities.

Topics that may be covered at meetings:

  • Caring for a child with an illness or long term disability - Discuss with others coping strategies in this situation and share resources
  • Caring for an elderly relative - Understanding dementia and a visit from Age UK
  • Looking after you - How to look after yourself whilst juggling work and home responsibilities. When you are a carer you spend a lot of time focusing on someone else, its important you think about your own wellbeing.

Terms of Reference

If you wish to join the Carers Staff Network and recieve information about future meetings, please join the distribution list here.
Meeting dates for academic year 2018/19:

Term 3
Friday 24 May
12 - 1pm
R0.14, Ramphal

Wednesday 12 June
1 - 2pm
OC1.07, Oculus

Please note, a member of staff from Warwick Medical School will attend the June meeting of the Carers Staff Network to provide an introduction to the Care Companion online platform.

 Quote from a member of staff from the network: 

I just wanted to let you know some of the developments in my life since I attended the first carer’s meeting here at the Uni. I found the first meeting really helpful as I suddenly felt less on my own in my carer’s role. I also stopped feeling somewhat sorry for myself as other people shared their experiences.

At the second meeting there were 2 new people who both have experience as carers of people with Alzheimer’s (which my husband has). They both spoke with me after the meeting and gave me contact names and places to look at for day care and support groups. I got on the phone that afternoon and arranged for my husband to try a day at the Alzheimer’s Society day centre the following Tuesday. I also arranged for us to go to a carers’ support group on the Saturday. When we were there we met the Alzheimer navigator who had been recommended to me at our carers’ meeting! We chatted and she rang me on the Monday and then came to visit the following Monday. She had lots of advice and leaflets to give me so I have a lot of reading now! My husband has been twice to the day centre and, although he found it quite noisy, he did enjoy it and will be going again.

 

 

Useful Links:

Carer Guidelines  

Carer's Buddy Scheme

Care Companion Webpages

The Most Important Things People Want You To Know About Disability & Caring

University support for staff:

The Counselling Service

Occupational Health

National support:

Mind Booklet - How to cope as a Carer

Virgincare Carers Club

Mind - How to cope when supporting someone else

Carers Assessments

Young Carers Coventry

Samaritans

Carers UK

Carers Trust - Heart of England

Working families have a newsletter Waving not drowning (for parents and carers with a disabled child who work)

Healthwatch Warwickshire independent consumer association for users of health and social care services in Warwickshire

Carers Trust emergency care services

Relaxation - Noisli – allows you to listen to sounds from nature free online

Specific Information

Alzheimers

Alzheimers Society West Midlands

Carers training Alzheimers Society

Autism

HOPE for Autism

Mental Health

Parents supporting children with mental health problems

Papyrus - Preventing Suicide in Young People charity

Rethink Mental Illness

Mental Impairment

Financial Advice

Conferences and caring

In Two Places at Once: Juggling Conferences and Caring Responsibilities (video)

Creating inclusive conferences for academics with caring responsibilities (pdf)