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, to keep working and to help each other through difficult times.
There are lots of organisations, such as Carers UK and Carers Trust that offer practical help, advice and support to carers. The aim of our network is to offer support to SoA members, helping them to keep working whilst fulfilling their caring responsibilities.
Members of our network have different caring roles, responsibilities and experiences, but they 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...
Members connect via online discussions using Facebook and Zoom, although we do occasionally get together for an informal summer lunch or for an event during Carers Week. Details of any events will be listed on this page and emailed to members.
Our most active forum is our private Facebook discussion group. Members share tips and advice, as well as updates about their writing. 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
During the current health crisis, we're hosting weekly online get-togethers instead of the usual monthly sessions.
Zoom links on the Facebook page or you can contact Anna Ganley for details. The Zoom calls are scheduled for Tuesdays from 1.30-2.30pm and aim to help us support each other during this time.
There's no need to register or log-in, just make yourself a cuppa and click the link to join. If you have any problems connecting, email us for technical support.
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).