Carers Connections is our new project supporting older carers (aged 50+) who are socially isolated or lonely. This project is part of the Time To Shine programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

We are delighted to be part of this programme which is focused on helping older people feel less socially isolated and lonely. We will join a group of 20 projects offering many different ways of supporting older people.

Over the next two and a half years our Carers Connections Worker will offer one-to-one support, will link up with groups and other projects to encourage carers to build more social engagement into their lives. Supported by our team of Carer Support Workers, they will ensure that the right care is in place to enable carers to look after their own social needs.

Carers Connections will offer support delivered by trained volunteers who will provide social contact in the carer’s home, will meet up with carers and accompany carers to groups or events, when the carer does not feel confident to do this alone.

This project started on 1 October 2018 and there are already so many ideas of how we can best support the diverse community of carers in Leeds, but we want to hear your ideas too!

To discuss Carers Connections or for more information, please contact Helena Bladon on 0113 380 8916 or email

For more information visit the Time to Shine website.

Helena Bladon, Development Manager