As part of Age Friendly Island, Carers IW offers support to carers over the age of 50 who do not know what help is available and provide carers with opportunities to get involved in their local community, helping to reduce feelings of social isolation, which can lead to feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression.
To achieve this Carers IW are:
- Supporting carers to become involved in the creation of self-help and support groups for carers themselves. These groups will offer meaningful activities and promote carers to learn new skills and use these skills to offer peer support.
- Connecting existing carers with older carers across the Island who have experienced social isolation due to their caring role. As part of this Carers, IW will be asking how they would like to be involved, and support carers to design their own social networks. These will include a variety of interventions that will help improve carers health and well-being, and connectivity with their peers and local communities.
- Encouraging former carers to act as befrienders to carers who are feeling stressed, depressed, experiencing low self-esteem, and are reluctant to join activities that involve contact with others.
- Creating opportunities for volunteers to share their skills that offer a variety of support mechanisms to carers.
The project will support carers to design groups in their own areas while looking at other groups and communities. Potential support could include, a book club, self-support groups covering friendship, creative and social activities, regular dining out club and becoming involved in local activities.