Caring for Carers
Supporting those who care for others
As carer myself, I have direct experience of what it can be like to support someone you love with physical, emotional, and cognitive difficulties. As well as often being rewarding, and a loving thing to do, it can be distressing and isolating for both parties, and the carers I know rarely find time for self-care or even think about their own needs. Building resilience and reducing stress and anxiety can have a really positive impact for the carer and the person they care for.
Every year I share my support and get involved with Carers Week, which is an annual awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s almost 7 million carers. Look out for updates, videos, and meditations via my Facebook page Anna Bell Coaching before and during the week of 8 June 2020. This year's theme is 'Make caring visible'.
Employers - for your organisation
This could be an ideal time to run a workshop to support colleagues who are carers. Employers like Standard Life have award-winning approaches which are making a huge difference to carers, those they care for, and wider society.
Participants in employer-funded workshops commented how valuable it had been to share their challenges and support each other, and there was laughter, tears, commitments to self-care, and a variety of other actions to support themselves.
One-to one support
Twice a year I offer pro-bono support to two carers who would otherwise struggle to access or afford sessions.
Each person has three complimentary 1-hour online sessions over the course of three to four months. We agree how and when the sessions take place, depending on their circumstances. Nominees report a very positive impact from having this time for themselves, which also benefits the people they care for - see testimonials on the right.
After the closing date for nominations, I will narrow down a shortlist of applications and decide on the final two along with 2 other independent parties (without sharing any names or personal information).
How do I nominate?
Nominations will open again in Carers Week - 8 June 2020 for two new people to benefit. In no more than 300 words, please tell me a little bit about the person, their circumstances, what they do for others, and the difference you believe it will make if they could have this opportunity to invest time in themselves.
Successful applicants will be based on:
The extent of the challenges the carer faces
Any restrictions on their income as a result of caring, and therefore their limited ability to access support services like these.
The potential benefit for them and others.
Can I nominate someone or apply myself?
You can apply for yourself or someone else (please agree with them first). The successful candidates will be contacted by the end of June.
"Thank you so very much for my sessions, your wisdom and introducing me to reiki.
My wife is very poorly and I find it difficult to set aside time for myself to relax without feeling guilty or that I could be doing something "productive". My sessions with you helped me realise that relaxed me time allows me to be a better man, carer and dad.
Thank you, I really appreciate your time and support. I hope this year's recipient feels equal benefit."
"Your positivity was second to none. My confidence has been boosted greatly by your sessions. You have made me feel worthy of my place in society.
You have made me realise that I can still be that person I once was just by taking a step back and feeling all that positive energy again."
"I do not feel so guilty about taking time out for me. It will make me a better carer at the end of the day."
Financial Services professional