Carers Groups – online!

Lockdown has changed the way Carers met as traditional groups were forced to stop, and even though lockdown measures have eased, these online communities are still proving popular and are still running, so you have the best of both worlds!

Joining online forums or groups around subjects that interest you such as gardening, art and music can provide welcome relief for carers and a chance to connect to others with shared interests and shared experiences.

Most of these online sanctuaries have the benefit of never closing – you can join in at a time to suit you, and it reduces the complications of finding someone to provide cover. It is not a complete replacement for the need to get time away, but it could be a life raft for many.

We want to celebrate the nontraditional mechanisms for respite, consciously taking time out for yourself as a Carer is so important for your
health and mental well-being.

SPARK SOMERSET

We think it’s important for carers to have the opportunity to take some time out and meet other people who really understand their situation.

If you would benefit from this but would struggle to attend a face-to-face meeting due to caring and/or work commitments, then why not join an online group?

 

 

We meet via monthly via Zoom to chat, share information and hear from guest speakers.

We hold an evening session at 7pm on the first Monday of the month, and a morning session at 11am on the third Monday of the month. These will have the same speaker at both, so you can attend the meeting that works best for you.  Or of course you can join us for both.

Everyone is welcome and you can attend as many and as often as you like.

Please use this link to the Spark Somerset website to register for the group meeting

https://www.sparksomerset.org.uk/online-carers-group


SOMERSET COMMUNITY CONNECT are developing a number of Carer-focused facebook groups that should give you an enjoyable outlet and a few moments respite, making new friends and connecting with others online who understand your situation with empathy and kindness.

 

Carers together in Somerset

https://www.facebook.com/groups/663592487923331/

This group is about sharing your views and ideas about how Somerset ensures that unpaid carers maintain a good level of health and wellbeing.

 

Somerset Creative Carers Connect 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/631285604129078/

We provide an opportunity for unpaid carers in Somerset to share their creativity and connect with like minded folk. We believe that creativity is a wonderful way to communicate thoughts and feelings, share ideas, connect with others and have some fun.

 Somerset Musical Carers Connect

https://www.facebook.com/groups/303918867285581/

Our group provides an opportunity for unpaid carers and other musical folk in Somerset, to share their music and connect with like minded folk.
We believe that music is a wonderful way to communicate what is important to you, your thoughts and feelings, connect with others and have some fun.

 

Time out up the garden path

Time out up the garden path is about sharing our gardens with others.
Gardens stimulate all of our senses bringing us to life, uplifting the spirits and so much more.

Here’s some other groups that you can find on Facebook. If you are nervous about setting up a Facebook account for the first time, speak to your local Village Agent who can help you – just call the freephone Advice line.
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