Carer Support Wiltshire running activities especially for LGBT+ carers

By Jamie Hill - 26 September 2020

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Carer Support Wiltshire is organising activities for LGBT+ carers in Wiltshire. These activities aim to shine a light on LGBT+ carers, who are typically under-represented or ‘seldom heard’. All activities will take place either virtually or in a safe, socially-distanced environment.

The first activity is a Cookery ‘lunch date’ with The Farm Cookery School in Chippenham is taking place on Tuesday, 29th September, in which carers are welcome to bring a loved-one to enjoy cooking (and eating!) together. The second is a Bushcraft and Archery activity by Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team taking place in Westbury on Saturday, 3rd October.

Finally, there will be a Performing Arts Virtual Workshop which will take place over Zoom on Sunday, 11thOctober. The workshop will be run by Jack and Sophie, who have recently completed an Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and are keen to share their passion and knowledge with others.

Rachael Demery, Carer Support Wiltshire’s Community Fundraising Officer said: “At the time of the last census in 2011 and the LGBT ‘I exist’ survey from 2012, it was estimated that 1 in 10 who identified LGBT was also a carer for up to 19 hours per week. This means that there are up to 2,825 carers in Wiltshire who identify as LGBT+.

LGBT+ carers face unique challenges, especially regarding stigma and discrimination, which may cause them to feel more isolated than their peers.  

With the help of funding from the Carers Trust, we hope to help LGBT+ carers in Wiltshire to feel more supported and connected. We also hope that their involvement and feedback from these activities will help shape our services in the long-term future so we can better support them’

Carer Support Wiltshire is also running events for male carers, who are often less likely to seek support if and when they need it. A bushcraft & axe-throwing activity and cookery workshop have already taken place. There are still spaces on the virtual quiz taking place on the 14th October if you would like to join.

Anyone interested in attended these events should contact Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 118 4118 or by emailing admin@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk.

Stay up to date with the latest events we’re organising for carers on our website: https://carersupportwiltshire.co.uk/whats-on/

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