Local Business Gives Gift To Carers Group

Carers Moving Forward

Published at 7:27am 19th April 2016.

The Carers Moving Forward group in Dorchester received a welcome boost to their funds recently as they became the latest recipients of the Bluebird Care Dorset Community Grant scheme.

The Carers Moving Forward group in Dorchester received a welcome boost to their funds recently as they became the latest recipients of the Bluebird Care Dorset Community Grant scheme.

Chris Scriven, Director of Bluebird Care Dorset, attended the group, which takes place at Age UK Dorchester on the third Monday of every month from 10:30 - 12:30, to present the £250 award that is intended to be used to fund a group social outing.

The Carers Moving Forward Group was launched in September 2014 by founder, Enid Evans and provides friendship, support and signposting services to those who have been carers and have had to hand over the care of their loved one to someone else.  The group benefit from regular speakers and social activities as well as a cooked meal and the benefits of companionship from those with shared experiences.

Enid said; 'Carers Moving Forward is not your usual Carers group. We aim to support Carers in all aspects from information to someone to talk to. What we don't know we will find someone who does. At our monthly meetings we have speakers on a diverse range of subjects from laughter to finance.  In Dorchester, we stay on for home cooked lunch.  Plus, from Spring onwards, we have an outing to somewhere fairly local of interest. Chosen by members. Having this grant from Bluebird care will give us the opportunity to go further afield by covering transport costs. Our aim is to bring a smile to our members' faces, do come and join us you will be made very welcome'

Chris said; 'At Bluebird Care Dorset we feel it is important to recognise the value of unpaid carers within the community and to promote avenues of support that are available for them both when they are actively caring as well as through the transition process and afterwards.  While the care of a loved one can be a very positive and natural thing, it can also bring emotional challenges and the demands involved can cause a carer to feel a mixture of emotions including emptiness and isolation when this period comes to an end. We were therefore delighted to award Bluebird Care Dorset's Community Grant for March to a group for carers able to offer advice and companionship at a time when other support services may be tending to fall away.'

Due to the success of the Dorchester group, carers Moving Forward now hold an additional group for Bournemouth and Poole on the third Wednesday of every month at St Ambrose Cottage Carers' Centre, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, (next to Christ Church) from 10am - 12noon.  Everyone is welcome to attend either group and further details are available by contacting 0300 111 3303.

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