Carers connections is a service helping carers aged 50 and over to make social contacts and increase involvement in social activities. We know from national research and our own experience that carers can become isolated and lonely as a result of their caring role. Although many carers live with the person they care for, they still feel isolated, particularly if they have lost contact with friends and family and find it difficult to leave the home.
Carers connections is part of Time To Shine, a Big Lotteries funded project in Leeds. We are offering one to one support to help individual carers look at ways of having more social contact, including attending Carers Leeds groups or groups in their local area. Carers may want support in increasing social time for hobbies or special interests which they may not have been able to keep up with given their caring responsibilities. Support can also be offered to carers who have lost confidence in socialising and are interested in getting out and/or attending groups but would like someone to go with them for the first time. Regular telephone calls, meet-ups at a convenient location, or home visits may be available. Part of this service is delivered by well-trained supportive volunteers.
To find out more or if you would like support from the service, please contact Aidan Finney, Carers Connections Support Worker Aidan.Finney@carersleeds.org.uk or contact our advice line on 0113 380 4300.
You can view our carers befriending leaflet here.