The Fordingbridge Carer Hub usually meets monthly at Avonway Community Centre and provides an opportunity for carers and those who depend on them and professionals and volunteers, to meet and share their experiences, problem-solve and socialise. Sadly, Covid-19 has prevented us from BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER, and, although we are still here at the end of the phone to any carers who need support, I know that many of you are just ‘hanging in there’. Please don’t hesitate to call Sara and Carolyn on 01425 654426 if you would like a chat, a moan, or advice on where to get help.
Social distancing and isolation has had a negative impact on many people. It’s so easy to become physically and mentally ‘deconditioned’. Without the usual activities and support that stimulates us, makes us smile, lets us ‘sound off’, gets us out into the fresh air etc, many of us are feeling disconnected and as if things are going backwards. This is particularly affecting people with memory problems and their carers. Although the music sessions and Butterfly café run by Avon Valley Dementia Support is also suspended, Nicki Gordon can be contacted via the surgery. With vaccinations offering us all hope in the new year, for those of you whose ‘normal’ is never without stress and demands, we really look forward to seeing you soon and catching up on TLC – Tea, Cake & Laughter.