From September – December 2018, Carers Network ran a series of workshops for all carers in Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea.
These workshops were made possible courtesy of grant funding received from the Pears Foundation.
Death is often perceived as a taboo subject, but for many carers a failure to address end of life matters and advanced care planning is not an option. Increased awareness around death and dying can have a positive impact on both the carer’s life and that of the person they care for. Having an early opportunity to talk about end-of-life choices is a good and practical way to move towards better end-of-life care.
To support carers and raise awareness on advanced planning, we applied for funding through the Carers Trust and secured a Pears Foundation grant to deliver Advance Care Planning workshops. With this grant, we were able to deliver a series of workshops including ones on Future Care planning; Will Writing; The Lasting Power of Attorney; Concession, discount and benefits for older people, and Pensions. Through this grant funding we were also able to work in collaboration with Hammersmith & Fulham Citizens Advice who provided the facilitators for all these workshops apart from the one on Future Care Planning.
The workshops proved to be very popular. 30 carers registered an interest in the Lasting Power of Attorney workshop and 43 carers booked onto the Will writing workshop. Due to this response, the Will writing workshop was run twice.
In total, 105 carers registered for at least one of these workshops – with 63 of these managing to attend at least one workshop. In recognition of the challenges that some carers face in organising their lives around their caring role, we ensured that all the carers who booked onto a workshop received follow-up emails with further information and materials – even if they could not make it on the day.
The workshops were open to all carers we support, regardless of age. Of the carers who attended, 36 (57% of total) were carers aged 65 or over, 22% aged 75 or older and 14% under 54.
46% were from the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, 19% from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and 35% from the City of Westminster.
We have made some of the workshops materials including handouts available on our website as we continued to received calls from carers making queries or seeking information on matters covered after the workshops had been delivered.
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If you have any question regarding these workshops, please contact our End of Life Carers Project Manager on 020 8960 3033