People's Postcode Lottery
Carers Trust is delighted to have the support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
This support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery will transform the help we can offer carers, providing grants to individuals and matching donations to kick-start vital projects.
An Extra Award to make a difference
In 2019, Carers Trust was lucky enough to receive an Extra Award from players to focus on loneliness. Many carers are particularly vulnerable to loneliness because their caring role often impacts on their ability to work or maintain friends and social contact.
Thanks to support from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, we launched a new programme aiming to reduce loneliness and social isolation via Peer Support Groups for carers. The programme also includes education sessions to give carers helpful insights into their caring role, coping mechanisms and the condition of the person they care for.
Through the programme so far, 398 carers have been supported, 209 Peer Support Groups delivered, and 56 Education sessions delivered.
When a carer opened up about her caring role at a Peer Support Group, she was clearly upset and struggling to articulate how she was feeling. One by one, the group members showed support, gently asking questions and showing real empathy. They didn’t rush or push her but listened and offered advice and support.
“It’s been lovely to be part of a peer group where we all understand our different roles as a carer. I’ve laughed so much which has been wonderful.”
As a result of the peer support groups:
- 81% of participating carers developed new friendships.
- 83% stated an improvement in their self-esteem and self-worth.
- 80% stated an improvement in their ability to care.