Alan joined Carers Support in June 2016 having worked as a journalist for 15 years.
Try to imagine what the year 2050 looks like for a second. Flying cars? Jet Packs? An end to war and international conflict? ‘The Great British Bake Off’ back on the BBC? So many possibilities.
How about this one. Every single carer being given the help and support they need in their caring role.
Every. Single. Carer.
The truth is that even by 2050, reaching all carers probably isn’t going to happen; but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Some goals will always be out of reach, but you can achieve so much during the pursuit, that it really doesn’t matter if you never reach your final destination.
And that’s what we try to do here at Carers Support, one step at a time.
As I write this I can hear our Carer Wellbeing Team speaking to carers on the phone while others are monitoring our Carers Response Line. Pointing someone in the right direction, talking through their different caring options or just listening because, sometimes, that’s all a carer needs.
I can hear people talking about our support groups. We have more than 60. Some specialise in things like being the carer of someone with dementia, others helping young adult carers and parent carers or someone who cares for a friend or relative with a drug or alcohol addiction.
There’s talk of our volunteers. We have over 40 people who help us with things like support groups and spreading the Carers Support message throughout the county.
Some members of staff are talking about what new services we could offer. How can we reach more carers or better serve the ones we are already in contact with? Striving to improve the Carers Support experience for carers, staff and volunteers.
What’s struck me since I’ve been working at Carers Support is just how carers and caring runs right the way through the organisation. Everything that is done and every decision that is made is designed to make the life of a carer an easier and happier one. The carer always…ALWAYS comes first and that is something I’m very proud to be a part of. We’re doing something here, something special and something that is making a difference.
We may never reach everyone, but we’ll give it our best shot.