Carers Network Group
- Carers Together
Our Carer's Network at Progress Housing Group became Carers Together in March 2022.
Carers Together is a network of Progress Housing Group colleagues offering informal peer support.
Carers Together meet monthly and alternate between informal catch-ups with the chance to chat with other carers, and the opportunity to take part in an information session led by a guest speaker on a topic of relevance.
Are you a carer? Do you provide help, support or assistance to a relative or friend in their day-to-day life? If so, then you are probably a carer and you may not even realise it!
Who is a carer?
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for friends or family members who are older, disabled or seriously ill and are unable to care for themselves. Ask people who meet this definition and they would probably say they are “just looking after someone”.
It is important to acknowledge that caring:
• for a sick or disabled relative or friend can happen overnight
• can be hard to cope with emotionally
• has different milestones as people learn to support a disability or degenerative condition.
There are many reasons why people become carers. It can happen gradually or overnight, depending on the circumstances. No matter how it happens or for whom, the underpinning reason for becoming a carer is usually love. We want to do the 'right thing' to help those we love or care about.
"It can be a very lonely journey with lots of uncertainty, never knowing if you are doing the right thing or if your 'best' is good enough; it is for this reason that our colleagues set up Carers Together." - Diane Nash, Progress Involvement Manager, and Carers Together member.
Want to know more about Carers Together at Progress Housing Group?
At Progress Housing Group we recognise and value the work that carers do and want to help carers access the information and support they need, where and when they need it.
The network is open to all colleagues, and if you’d like to find out more about being part of the group and when the next meetings are taking place, please visit the network page on the intranet.