Five local charities, that all provide support services for carers, have been announced as the beneficiaries of the 2018 Swimarathon. See below to find out more about who they are and the great work they do. Each of the five charities will receive up to £10,000 each.
All other money raised by the Swimarathon is used to provide respite holidays for local people, and a range of other community services in the Island.
In addition to supporting 140 members of Headway, the charity supports many more in providing information and support to the family and the carers. Respite is provided through their day care activities, and they find that they are increasingly asked to counsel the families and provide information.
Mind Jersey provides information and support to those people and their families who are experiencing mental illness. The charity aims to enable as many of those people to lead as full and active lives as possible, and to campaign for greater public understanding of mental illness.
Mind Jersey employs a family and carers’ support worker and also offers a free service to children age 7-15 that have a parent, carer or significant family member living with a mental illness. This service, Family SMILES, consists of 8 group work sessions for children as well as 6 individual parent work sessions. The programme helps children to learn about mental illness and develop coping skills and supports parents in understanding their child’s experiences.
With joined up working with the family and carers service we hope to offer support for the ‘other’ parent/carer who lives without a mental illness. By offering the opportunity to meet with other carers, gain free access to mindfulness as well as Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and other wellbeing opportunities – we are hoping to support recovery in the whole family context.