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1 Jun 2019

GroceryAid: Standing together with Carers

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the enormous and vital contribution that unpaid carers make in our communities. It also gives a chance to highlight the support available to those carrying out caring roles and the short and long-term impact caring can have emotionally, practically and financially with “72% of carers saying they have suffered a mental health illness as a result of caring” Carers Week 2016 300px(Carers Week).

What is a Carer?

Being a carer includes anything from giving emotional support through to providing extensive practical support, such as getting someone washed and dressed, helping them move about or administering medication. Carers also help with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.

Caring and social isolation

Carers Week’s latest research shows how caring often leads to feelings of social isolation both at home and in the workplace.

The charity has revealed that “one in three unpaid carers looking after a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill has felt lonely or isolated because they are uncomfortable talking to friends about their caring role.”

Meanwhile a “further third (32%) say they feel socially isolated at work because of their caring responsibilities.”

A reluctance to openly talk about caring responsibilities can mean that carers do not always receive the emotional and practical support needed.

How can GroceryAid help?

It is estimated that there are more than 250,000 colleagues in the grocery industry currently juggling caring responsibilities with work and GroceryAid has a tailored programme to help relieve some of the stresses this may cause.Mum daughter outside.jpg

Who is eligible?

The programme supports those who give unpaid care to others, those receiving carers allowance but are still struggling to manage and those who are cared for by unpaid carers.

Benefits of the programme include:

  • Access to the free, confidential 24/7 Helpline service
  • Access to telephone counselling services which help people deal with stress, anxiety and depression
  • Consideration for a respite break
  • Consideration for financial support
  • JobSearch support

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