Carers week 2022 was a terrific week and we enjoyed a varied and exciting itinerary.

We organised some adventures including a Kelpies road trip and a walking group; we also enjoyed the return of Tom Cruise in Top Gun Maverick!

Throughout the week we also ran information stalls and events where Carers could find out about their rights and what support is available. It was great to meet different local groups including the community link worker team who support many Carers in their role. 

To conclude the week, we enjoyed a lunch event at the Tontine Hotel organised by Your Voice Inverclyde.

It was brilliant to get some positive feedback from Carers. One Carer who attended the cinema trip said: “THANK YOU to all concerned for the film, popcorn and drinks we enjoyed this afternoon, we really appreciated it!”

Another Carer said: “It was a great night at the pictures for Top Gun. Good seeing more carers who are just like me and had a we natter to them”.

One Carer who joined the Kelpies road trip said: “It was a great trip to the kelpies. I met lots of lovely new people - thanks so much”.

Carers Centre manager, Kenny McKenna said: “While everyone experienced some form of social isolation during lockdown, for carers and those cared for, that was even more extreme. Carers experienced immense pressure supporting others during the pandemic, and some had to also deal with loss and bereavements.

“This week-long initiative is all about letting people know we’re here for them.”

“We want to reconnect after lockdown; essentially it’s about reaching out. Some people may be unaware of the services we offer and those that do, we’re always looking to hear from on how we can improve.

“We hope this week gives carers in Inverclyde an insight into how we can support them."

It was lovely to see a post box hat that a kind person made. We put it on the post box outside the Tontine Hotel after our event on Friday. What a wonderful way to show support.

It’s essential that the important messages from Carers Week are continued and Carers are made to feel visible, valued and supported every day, not just this week.

If you’re a Carer in Inverclyde, get in touch and find out how we can support you: call 01475 735180 or email [email protected]