Carer Projects

As part of the commitment to further develop an integrated pathway and deliver the best services for Carers collaboratively with other organisations, Forward Carers invited organisations to apply for funding to deliver further Carer services in Birmingham. Following a tender process, Forward Carers is pleased to award funding the following organisations. 

Information & Advice

Headway Macmillan Case Worker

Headway Birmingham and Solihull has a specialist Case Worker who can support families where there is both an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and a cancer or terminal diagnosis. Headway’s Macmillan Case Worker can support the same person with both conditions or if there is one person with (ABI) and the other person has cancer. The Macmillan Case Worker can offer:

  • specialist information and advice
  • help to access relevant benefits
  • support to understand treatment and diagnosis
  • emotional support
  • referral to other specialist agencies, including Macmillan services.

Support can be accessed by ringing calling 0121 457 7541 option 1. Referrals are accepted from professionals as well as self-referrals.

 

Oscar Birmingham’s Carer Support Service

Oscar Birmingham‘s specialist service is for family carers supporting someone, predominantly children and young people living with Sickle Cell Anaemia and Thalassaemia blood disorder, including co-morbidities. This is a city-wide service as part of Birmingham Carers Hub delivery partnership arrangements to support Carers from black and minority ethnic communities so they have better access to services, ensure they have a voice and are heard.

This service will also help carers to:

  • Reduce feelings of loneliness
  • Increase social participation
  • Increase confidence in your role as a Carer
  • Create a support network

For more information contact: sumera.naaz@oscarbirmingham.org.uk or call Sumera on 0121 212 9209.

Services for Young & Young Adult Carers 

Meal Kit Delivery Service for Young Carers in Birmingham
Aquarius Action Projects prepare and deliver weekly meal kits for Young Carers (aged 10 and above) and their families. The kits come with recipe cards, nutritional advice and Young Carers will have access to pre-recorded cook-along videos.

Young Carers will be welcomed into a community of other Young Carers who are looking to build on their cooking skills. As Coronavirus restrictions reduce, Young Carers will be invited to some face to face cookery classes and a celebration event.

Freshly prepared food and healthy ingredients are so important to physical and mental health. Having these meal kits to hand will eliminate any dinner time stress and improve family relationships by preparing and enjoying a meal together. It will build on existing skills and confidence as well as providing an opportunity for fun!

For more information contact emma.murphy@aquarius.org.uk
or taylor.barrett@aquarius.org.uk, or complete this referral form and questionnaire outlining any allergies, dietary requirements and food preferences.

 

Respite for Young Carers aged 14+
YMCA Sutton Coldfield offers free support to young Carers aged 14 to 18 years old, providing care to a family member in Birmingham. Young people around the country take on regular or ongoing support for a parent or a sibling with a physical or mental illness, a disability, or who is struggling with substance misuse. This is a huge responsibility bringing feelings of anxiety, stress, reducing the time for socialisation and recreation and increasing feelings of loneliness and isolation. Through additional funding, YMCA Sutton Coldfield can now offer extra support to Young Carers aged 14 to 18, in addition to the help currently provided.

Teenagers who are in a caring role in Birmingham can benefit from a weekly afternoon session each Saturday. Over the space of three hours, Young Carers can attend a café session and get involved with activities such as comic book art or cooking etc. They can also take part in activities (bowling, cinema) and school holiday trips. If transport is an issue, a drop off and pick up service can be provided. YMCA Sutton Coldfield hopes that this support will make Young Carers feel less isolated, improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing as well as giving them a much needed break from their caring role.

To request support, complete and submit this referral form or email releaseyoungcarers@ymcasc.org.uk, alternatively, if you would prefer to talk to someone call 0121 354 5614 or 07546 532 345.

Wellbeing & Resilience

Family Health and Wellbeing Service

Midland Mencap delivers free Parent Carer Wellbeing Workshops to ensure that you are safe and well so that you can manage stress and avoid feeling exhausted and burnt out.  Wellbeing Workshops are currently being delivered via zoom and cover the following:

– Mindfulness
– Sleep Well and Relaxation
– Mindfulness
– Sleep Well and Relaxation
– Building Emotional Resilience
– Mental Health Awareness
– Building Confidence and Self-Esteem
– Healthy Relationships for Parent Carers
– Mental Health Awareness in Children and Young People

All of the Wellbeing Workshops are listed on our events calendar as well as a variety of other activities for Carers. From October, Midland Mencap hopes to deliver these Wellbeing Workshops at the community facilities in Weoley Castle Community Centre and Clifton Road Outdoor Learning Centre. To ensure the workshops are being managed safely and in line with risk assessments for Covid-19, they will be delivered to a maximum of seven carers per session.

Birmingham Mind Wellbeing and Resilience

As a Carer, managing your mental health and wellbeing is vital in keeping you well, to allow you to continue to support the person who needs your care. Birmingham Mind Wellbeing and Resilience Sessions for Carers are designed to provide Carers with a dedicated time and space to focus on just themselves. You can meet other Caters, share experiences, socialise, take part in practical exercises and access information. These Wellbeing and Resilience sessions are currently being held each week via zoom until it is safe to meet as a collective group. Cares can refer themselves to this service, by completing this form. To find out about the zoom sessions, please click here.

 

Services for Carers supporting someone with a Substance Misuse

Aquarius Action Projects provides a Counselling Service which is designed for family and friends who are concerned for a loved one who is struggling to cope with substance misuse and/or drinking.

The service provides time and space for Carers to share their feelings, and identify effective ways of coping with the challenges, stresses, strains and difficulties they are experiencing with their substance misusing loved one.

Specifically Aquarius will provide families with:

– Emotional and mental health support including professional Counselling
– Respite activities
– Advocacy support in areas including – care planning, overcoming practical and bureaucratic challenges,  liaison with employers and schools, and maximising income

If you would like support from Aquarius Action Projects call 0121 622 7780.

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