Members of the Care and Wellbeing Co-operative – a group of rural Perthshire based self-employed carers, professionals, therapists and well-being specialists – will be at Carers’ Connect in Perth on Friday this week.
Now in its third year, Carers Connect is an annual event organised by the Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Services (PKAVS) and the Health and Social Care Partnership which aims to support unpaid carers. This year’s event takes place in the Dewars Centre in Perth on Friday, November 29th, from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
It offers unpaid carers an opportunity to get together, listen to informative speakers, take part in interactive workshops and find out more about the services and support that is available for carers in Perth and Kinross.
This year, the event also aims to help improve the wellbeing of carers.
Members of the Care and Wellbeing Co-operative will have a stand at Carers Connect, offering information on the Co-op and the services its members provide.
Working alongside local communities, the Health and Social Care Partnership, private care providers and voluntary sector groups, the Care and Wellbeing Co-op, which was set up in 2015, aims to support people, in particular older people and those with additional needs and health problems, to lead the life they want in their local community.
It also aims to create and support a network of micro-businesses and social enterprises delivering a range of services within the care and wellbeing sectors, and in a variety of different ways.
Its members – who are based in all parts of rural Perthshire from Kinross to Kirkmichael, Crieff to Coupar Angus and everywhere in between – offer everything from respite support, community care services, independent living solutions and befriending to sports massage, counselling, stress management, herbal medicine and therapeutic gardening.
Co-op member Jane Ward, who specialises in singing, movement and music for people with dementia, is hosting two sessions for carers at the event – a singing workshop and a workshop on how to connect or remain connected to a person with dementia in a practical and meaningful way which can help those affected have moments of enjoyment, pleasure and normality.
Alyth-based Olivia Robertson from The Home Straight, which offers independent living solutions for older people, is a director of the Care and Wellbeing Co-op.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted to be taking part in Carers Connect once again this year.
“We offer a community-led approach to the provision of rural care and wellbeing and this event provides us with a great opportunity to raise awareness of the work that we do and the services that our members provide.
“The Co-op started out as a group where carers could get together, share experiences and support each other. That ethos remains at the heart of everything we do and is one of the driving forces behind Carers Connect.
“The Co-op also plays an important role as an advocate for reform in adult social care in Scotland, and in raising awareness of how our members are finding innovative solutions to the provision of care and wellbeing services – particularly in rural areas – which in the current climate is more vital than ever, and having a presence at Carers Connect also helps us in achieving this.”