Radstock Co-operative Society were delighted able to donate a generous £1,100.00 to “The Carers Centre”, B&NES, based in Radstock providing a much needed cash injection for this worthwhile service.
Why is the Society in this position? Well, RCS Members play an active role in shaping the future of the Society. Part of members’ involvement is to vote annually on which two charities or community projects will receive support for the coming year. Charities and community organisations are encouraged to apply for financial assistance with a business plan outlining their plans for the future and how they would benefit from such support.
The Carers Centre received a large proportion of the votes cast by Society Members signifying their endorsement of the aims of the centre to deliver vital support to carers that would otherwise go unrecognised and ignored for the tireless help they deliver on a daily basis.
The Carers’ Centre has been supporting the B&NES community for 20 years. The independent charity is a leading provider of information and advice, breaks away from caring and emotional and practical support.
Many carers are unaware that there is help and support out there, so a fundamental mission of the Carers’ Centre is to identify these hidden carers and encourage them to access support in their area, as well as educating the public about the challenges carers face day-to-day.
‘We are immensely grateful for the generosity shown by Radstock Co-op,’ says Chief Executive Sonia Hutchison. ‘This donation will go towards funding more family breaks, allowing carers to spend time with their families in a non-stressful situation,’ she said.
Lynda Robertson, Radstock Co-op Director and Vicki Przytocki, Head of HR and Communications attended the centre on 27th July 2015 to meet with representatives of the Centre and to discover the many activities and initiatives that have been implemented to support carers. Vicki Przytocki said “We forget that many carers go unnoticed simply because they feel it is their duty to look after loved ones and family members. Often, it will be a neighbour who is a vital lifeline for an individual and someone who not only looks after their daily needs but also provides companionship and emotional support. We praise the work of the Carers Centre in supporting those who are supporting others.”
A carer can be anyone, of any age, who provides unpaid help to family or friends who would not be able to manage without their support. This could be caring for a relative, parent, child, partner or friend who is frail, has a physical or mental illness, disability or substance misuse problem. A carer is not employed to provide this help, but does so to improve the quality of life for another person.
To see the other community projects and charity work carried out across the Society visit our website: www.radstockcoop.co.uk/blog