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Carers Week 2020 - share your story

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Following on the launch this week of Carers Week, take a bit of time today to think about your own wellbeing. If you are  a Carer, it’s important that you take that time to step back sometime, no matter how full on life seems to be, give yourself some ‘you time’ to recharge to help you refresh and  continue providing the support and care you are committed to.

As we mentioned in our earlier blog, caring can be  a very lonely place to be, so take time to look after yourself, share your stories of successes and struggles with others, sometimes it helps to tell a story, other times it helps to read about other’s experiences to help put your own situation in context.

Health & Well-being section in GOV.UK is  a good place to start for some great tips with resources and in having a look at what others are doing, if you are on Twitter, look out for team Chaffinch who created an A-Z to better Wellbeing toolkit; 2 years on, the toolkit has won multiple awards – including a Civil Service Award – and produced huge amounts of attention, supporting the promotion of wellbeing across the Civil Service.

Finally, don’t forget to take  a look at the message from Rupert McNeil's blog, some great news about the carers strategy across the Civil Service.

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  1. Comment by Rozanne Kidd posted on

    Great post thank you. In HM Passport Office we have a thriving Carers Network with dedicated champion support to ensure we listen well to the needs of our carers and making carers visible has never been more vital. I have shared my personal story this week as you can't beat lived experience and others are doing the same and getting involved in sessions and shares across our Network. Publicising good stuff like our new CS Carer Strategy and access to Carers Passport is helpful. Improving flexibility and wellbeing is key and COVID-19 has provided an opportunity among the darker aspects for us to really think about doing our business differently incorporating more overtly the needs of our workforce to deliver our services well at home or in a workplace environment.

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      Comment by stephen carey posted on

      Hi Rozanne,
      thanks for sharing the story , good to see what is going on across other Government Departments