Girton Town Charity


Support for family carers

10 Nov 2015

Three out of five people will be a carer at some point in their lives and it’s important that they know about the services and support available in their area. That’s why Girton Town Charity (GTC) is delighted to support a number of initiatives in collaboration with Carers Trust Cambridgeshire to help the many carers currently living in the Village.

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire is based in St Ives and is the leading provider of family carer support services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough where there are currently over 78,000 family carers. 

Vital support

Pippa Temple, GTC Trustee says: “Many family carers don’t think of themselves as carers. From their viewpoint they are just someone’s mother, son, husband or grandchild yet the role they are performing, when someone is dependent on them for support, is so much more than that.

“Statistically, it takes two years for people to recognise themselves in this role, and this means they can often miss out on the vital support they need. That’s why GTC is supporting the work of the Carers Trust to make help available to our local residents.”

So what is on offer?

A six-week series of day-time courses for family carers is currently being held at Abbeyfield Girton Green. Called Caring with Confidence, the sessions are full of information, tips and companionship to help you navigate your way through the maze of health and social care and take care of yourself. If successful, it is hoped that the attendees may want to continue to meet in a monthly support group.

If you have missed this course, we will be running another soon. Please contact Carers Trust Cambridgeshire to register your interest in future courses.

Working carers

How can we manage all that we do and support our parents, partners and older relatives, too?  Working, parenting, maintaining relationships and caring for ageing relatives - whether you’re supporting someone in your own home, down the street or at a distance - can feel overwhelming and resources may be hard to find. Fitting it all in and doing it well is challenging, especially when we have to adapt to health changes and sometimes crises.

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, working in partnership with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust’s Dementia Carers Support Service and Dementia Compass, a local not-for-profit organisation, is holding a monthly Carers Support Group at The Meadows Community Centre in Cambridge.

This new evening group for working carers, called Caring 2, is a resource for family members and friends supporting older adults and those living with a dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease or other complex conditions. A health or social care professional, or other expert speaker, comes along to each session, and carers have the opportunity to find out about the services and support available to them and the person they care for, as well as meet for mutual support. There is a light supper for which the cost is £5. The sessions are held once a month, on the third Tuesday at 5.30-7.00pm.

Find out more

Are you supporting a family member, loved one, neighbour or friend, or do you know someone who is? Do you want to know more about the services and support available for both you and the person you are caring for?

If so, please get in touch with Carers Trust at its offices in St Ives on 01480 499090 or visit its website:  Girton residents should contact the Carers Trust Cambridgeshire if they would like to attend any of the sessions mentioned above, but need help with replacement care or transport in order to do so. How often you attend is up to you – you can come along regularly or just to the topics relevant to your own situation.