Carers Rights Day 2023: Discovering diverse support for parent carers in Portsmouth

 

In support of Carers Rights Day 2023, Thursday 23rd November, parent carers from across the city were invited to attend a wonderful collaborative event hosted by Portsmouth Carers Service. The aim of the event was to showcase the wide range of support for parent carers from all communities and minority groups and encourage them to think about their own wellbeing.

Portsmouth is a diverse city with residents from many cultures and religions, it is important to embrace these differences, be respectful and learn from each other. It is also important to celebrate the similarities that bond us – like being Portsmouth residents or parent carers.

The drop-in event was filled with support groups and organisations who came with a wealth of resources and information for parent carers. There was chance to speak to all the representatives, many of whom are carers themselves, in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

Chat Over Chai and Solent NHS Community Engagement Team arranged and provided delicious ‘nasta’ (Bangla for snack) and tastes from the varied communities in Portsmouth. These disappeared very quickly!

SEND Butterflies prepared lovely goodie bags with treats to encourage parent carers to take a break and think about their own wellbeing. They also shared the details of their groups and how they as parent carers support each other.

Seekers Create brought a wonderful community doodle which covered a table, carers and professionals sat down and started colouring! Whilst adding their own art to the doodle, which is very relaxing, there was chance to discuss opportunities for using art to create community connections.

Spa61 set up a spa/pampering station and did some little spa treatments for the carers – even a five minute hand massage can massively improve your wellbeing!

Tesco Community Champion at Fratton Park provided the drinks and goodie bag treats. Being supported by companies in the local community helps bring some extra treats to these events and makes a big difference to what we can offer.

The centre was filled with conversation, laughter and a wonderful sense of community and support. Asking parent carers what support they need, is there something missing? Overwhelmingly, the message was to listen. For professionals to be respectful of the different cultures and religions and to take the time to ask what is appropriate when arranging a person’s health/care.

Portsmouth Carers Service will continue to work with community groups and organisations to build on the vital feedback shared at the event. If you would like to share your thoughts/feedback about support for carers, please fill in the Careers Feedback Survey: https://portsmouthcarersservice.co.uk/our-service/carers-feedback-survey/

If you are a professional and you or your team would like to join the discussion and help improve support for carers in Portsmouth. Please contact Portsmouth Carers Service. Call: 02392 851 864. Email: carercentre@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

By Laura Pryde-Jarman – Portsmouth Carers Service