After the last two years, where social contact has been restricted, we were extremely happy to celebrate Carers Week with a special summer garden party in June.
Hosted by St Joseph’s Carers Service and our Hospice FREDIE* Carers Network, 25 unpaid carers, staff, and volunteers who have caring responsibilities, joined us for an afternoon of live music, wellbeing activities, stunning sunshine and lots of cake.
We were blessed to have amazing and skilled staff at the Hospice who helped to facilitate the event.
We would like to thank the following people and services for their contributions towards making the event so memorable for our carers: our fabulous Namaste service who organised volunteers to come along and provide hand massages; our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Zivile who facilitated a relaxing seated yoga session; our Bereavement Service Coordinator Gillian who led a Mindfulness Relaxation session; our Social Work team who led an informative Carer Rights workshop; and our excellent gardening team who provided gorgeous flower arrangements.
We would also like to extend a very special thank you to the brilliant Double Bass Dan, a local Hackney musician, for kindly donating his time and talents to entertain our guests. He put on a fabulous, spirited show, and to quote one of our guests, made the day unforgettable.
Unpaid carers have faced huge challenges over the last couple of years, with millions more in the UK taking on a new caring role during the pandemic. At St Joseph’s Hospice, we recognise how important it is to acknowledge and celebrate the incredible sacrifices made by those who choose to help care for a loved one, as without them the NHS and social care system would not cope.
Let’s make caring visible, valued and supported.
*FREDIE – Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.