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Writers as Carers Group

You don't have to stop being a writer if you start being a carer.

SOA_col_Carers_cmyk.pngAre you a professional writer with caring responsibilities for someone with an illness or disability? If so, you might wish to join this SoA support group which aims to help keep writers writing.

Our Writers as Carers (WaC) Group supports SoA members, who also have caring responsibilities, to keep in touch with their professional writing community, keep writing and help each other through difficult times.

There are lots of organisations, such as Carers UK and Carers Trust, who offer practical help, advice and support groups to carers. What makes this group different is that it offers support to professional writers, helping them to keep writing whilst fulfilling their caring responsibilities.

Members of our group have different caring roles, responsibilities and experiences, but they all have one thing in common: they're professional writers.

If you would like to join this group, please email Anna Ganley.

Here's the group's founding member, Jim Green, to tell you more...

Events

Due to the nature of the group, members mainly connect via online discussions using Facebook and Skype, although we do get together for an annual summer lunch and the occasional event during Carers Week. Details of any events will be listed on this page and emailed to members of the group.

We Need To Talk About Caring

In June 2019 we live streamed the Raising Films 'We Need To Talk About Caring' launch event to members. At the event we caught up with the scriptwriter, Ming Ho to chat about why she is involved with the project. Watch the video (please note that although the visual quality is not great, the audio quality is good, so you may prefer to listen to the conversation).

Online discussions

Our most active forum is our private Facebook discussion group. Members share tips and advice, as well as updates about their writing, but all conversation is welcome, even it's simply to share details of your day in a safe space. To join this discussion group, email Anna Ganley for joining details. We also have an all-member discussion forum on this website for members to connect outside of Facebook. 

Monthly Skype get-togethers

We run monthly online get-togethers using Skype, where members can chat informally with other members online. Depending on your computer or device, this could either be an audio or video call. If you're interested in joining a group chat, email Anna and she will send you the joining instructions.

Next monthly chat: Tuesday 20 August 2019, from 1.30pm

Writers as Carers Group webinars

Jim Green asks what kind of webinars members of this Group would find useful? Please comment on the forum with your feedback and/or suggestions of topics.

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INterview with the scriptwriter, Ming Ho

Posted: 06 August 2019

In June 2019 we caught up with the scriptwriter, Ming Ho at the Raising Films #WeNeedToTalkAboutCaring launch event. SoA contracts advisor, Theo Jones met up with Ming over a cuppa to chat about why she's involved with Raising Films. You can watch the interview here and here are a few links she mentioned in the conversation:

(Dementia Just Ain't) Sexy - Ming's dementia blog. Not a daily care blog or advice site, but a place to share thoughts about the impact of dementia on those who live with it – which could be any of us. Ming's mum, 92, is now in residential care. She has dementia; they have both lived with it for many years.

Dementia Carers Count - a new initiative from the Royal Surgical Aid Society to support family, friends and partners looking after someone with dementia. Working for a world where all family carers of people with dementia feel confident, supported and heard. Currently based in Birmingham, this Midlands-based charity has plans for national provision.

 

The Things We Never Said - read Ming's radio drama script on the BBC Writers Room script archive and listen out for a repeat on BBC R4.

Financial help for writers

Posted: 21 May 2019

Would special equipment or simply taking a taxi now and again make your life easier? Is your computer letting you down, or would you value some occasional domestic help?

The Authors’ Contingency Fund and the Francis Head Bequest offer one-off grants to professional authors who would benefit from some financial support to help them back on their feet professionally. We currently have a surplus, so please do think of applying.

For further information and an application form can be found our our Grants page or you can call the office 020 7373 6642 to have a chat about applying.