Carers Week 2020
This Carers Week (8-14 June) we may all be at home, but here are three ways you can still get involved:
- Contact your MP and ask them to show their support for Carers Week 2020.
- Add your voice to the Carers Week wall to help Make Caring Visible
- Join our live chat with fellow carer and bestselling novelist, playwright and broadcaster, Kate Mosse.
Carers Week is brought to life by individuals, groups and organisations coming together from around the UK. This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Many people and current carers are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older who need support. And now, more than ever, it’s important that we highlight the challenges that the 6.5 million people caring, unpaid, across our nations are facing.
Let’s raise our voices and let everyone know that carers deserve to be recognised for the vital contribution they make – and that we are there for each other during Carers Week and beyond. Let's Make Caring Visible in 2020.
Coronavirus changes to services
Weekly Zoom Calls
We will share links to weekly Zoom video calls, which will take place on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to support each other during this time. To find out more, email AGanley@societyofauthors.org.
The Creative Network - a daily online get-together open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity who would welcome the opportunity to talk to others about dealing with the current situation.
An open daily Zoom (conference call) gathering from 9:30 - 10:30am. Join in the Zoom call - there's no need to register or log-in, just click the link and smile for the camera! If you have any problems connecting, email firstname.lastname@example.org or look on their website.
About this Network
You don't have to stop being an author if you start being a carer.
Are you a professional author with caring responsibilities for someone with an illness or disability? If so, you might wish to join this online peer support network.
The SoA Carers' Network supports members, who also have caring responsibilities, to keep in touch with their professional community, keep working 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 to carers. What makes this network different is that it offers support to SoA members only, helping them to keep working whilst fulfilling their caring responsibilities.
Members of our network have different caring roles, responsibilities and experiences, but they all have one thing in common: they're SoA members.
If you would like to join this peer support network, please email Anna Ganley.
Here's the founding member, Jim Green, to tell you more...
Due to the nature of the network, members mainly connect via online discussions using Facebook and Zoom, 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.
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).
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.
Monthly Zoom get-togethers
We run monthly online get-togethers using Zoom, 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 call, email Anna and she will send you the joining instructions.
Jim Green asks what kind of webinars members would find useful? Please email us with your feedback and/or suggestions of topics.