The Association of Carers has a project listed as part of the Aviva Community Fund.

The fund offers organisations the chance to get funding for causes that will have a positive impact on their community. It involves a public voting process, and the projects with the most votes make it through the finals, where a judging panel will decide where to award the funds.

Here is the voting link, which includes full details of the project. A summary is shown below:

Project summary: The carers telephone support service will support carers by matching them with a trained and checked volunteer. The volunteer will call them regularly for a period of six months, giving carers the opportunity to discuss their caring role in confidence, over the telephone. The calls will happen at a time that suits them e.g. evenings and weekends.

These volunteers will also be able to signpost the carer on to additional support if necessary. If the Carer needs professional counselling, the Charity can refer the carer for Telephone Counselling, which will also be funded by the service.

The service would be able to support carers during a time of loss, maybe because the person they looked after has passed away or has moved into permanent care. Having somebody to talk to over this period can prove to be invaluable for the carer at this time.

You have to register, but it’s a quick and simple process to do so, and you’ve got until 20 November to cast your votes. Fingers crossed!



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