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Webinar Series

Carers: The Big Conversation

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About our Webinars

 

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we will be holding a series of of six, hour-long webinars entitled Carers: The Big Conversation to raise the profile of family carers globally. Our webinars will provide a platform for practitioners, policy makers and academics who have lived experience of caring alongside their professional insights. We will also hear from family carers living in India, Nepal and Bangladesh who are taking part in our projects. We expect to ignite conversations amongst individuals, charities, companies, policy makers and academics on how they can include family carers in their own spheres of work and geographical locations, thereby increasing the numbers of those ready to commit to carers.

 

The aim of our webinars is to encourage people to have a conversation about caring. Each webinar will have a specific focus.

Let’s Talk About… 

How to register

 

Our third webinar Let’s Talk About…Carers’ Mental Health and Wellbeing, will be held on 20 September, 1pm BST. You can register now directly on zoom.

 

During this webinar, Anil and Chris will be talking to Bhavana Issar from India and Nicole Dauz from Canada. Bhavana is CEO and Founder of Caregiver Saathi, an initiative in India to support caregivers, to improve the quality of their lives, their well-being and those they care for. Nicole is from Canada, a carer herself, for her daughter who has autism and a rare genetic disease, she offers a caregiver transformation programme, and is “on a mission to help caregivers enjoy their journey.” We will also hear from a family carer in Bangladesh who, with our support, has taken barefoot counselling training and is now able to help other family carers with their mental health issues.

 

If you missed our first two webinars on ‘Being a Carer’ and ‘Young Carers’ you can watch them below.

RECENT WEBINARS

Let’s Talk About…Being A Carer

Our first webinar was all about what it means to be a carer. Our Ambassador Chris Underhill MBE, and our Founder and Executive Director, Anil Patil, were joined by Emilie Weight, James Townsend and Parvathi. Emilie is Patients Advocacy and Sustainability Head at Merck France. She also leads the caregivers’ Employee Resource Group at Merck. James is the co-founder of Mobilise, an online community providing resources, support and community to family carers. Parvathi is from India and cares for her son. She was one of the first family carers we supported in our work and we were delighted to be able to share a pre-recorded video of her answering the same questions as the rest of the panel.

 

It was a very interesting and though provoking conversation and panellists discussed what it meant to be a carer, the impacts of caring, the support carers need and what action needs to happen in society to support carers. It was striking that the issues were synergistic across the globe and as our ambassador Chris Underhill put it “There is a worldwide fellowship when it comes to caring – there is more that brings carers together than there is that separates them, even if we are talking about very different countries and very different backgrounds.”

 

Let’s Talk About…Young Carers

In our second webinar of the series, Chris Underhill and Anil Patil spoke with Saul Becker and Melissa Moody, and we also heard directly from Kakoly, a 15 year old young carer from Bangladesh.

 

This webinar delved into the emotive issue of young carers and Saul was able to give a global picture of the issues faced by young carers and the support they get or don’t get around the world, due to his academic and policy work in this area over the past 30 years. Melissa grew up as a young carer and campaigned to raise awareness and for their rights of these young people doing so much more than should be expected of children, through the Children’s Society. She was able to paint a picture of the situation for young carers in the UK and of the important role schools play in the identification and support of young carers.

 

Kakoly spoke to us from Bangladesh in a pre-recorded video about her experiences and the challenges she faces looking after her elder brother. She spoke about needing help with learning how to look after her brother properly as well as her deep desire to get back to school and have more time to spend with her peers and friends as she is getting increasingly isolated.

 

It was an inspiring and moving session with lots of people joining in with questions at the Q&A at the end and we do hope you’ll watch the recording below if you missed the session.

 

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