Carers Leeds

Carers Leeds is an independent charity that gives support, advice and information to unpaid carers over 18.

Established in 1996, our team of expert support workers are dedicated to improving the lives of the 72,000 carers in Leeds.

We deliver confidential one to one and group support that helps carers keep on caring. We are based in the centre of Leeds, and also offer support in local communities, over the phone and online.

Carers Leeds works in partnership with community groups, local businesses and third sector organisations to give carers in Leeds a network of support that covers general and specialist carers issues.

Swindon Interactive Service (SwIAS)

SwIAS was set up to provide high levels of stimulation strong participation for adults with learning difficulties and to be based in and supported by a local community.

The service is very popular with learners and highly endorsed by carers and parents who report that learners have developed increased social and communication skills. The service provides a weekly interactive arts, crafts and drama session for 15 – 28 learners with varying levels of learning difficulty; the service is run from St Andrew’s Church, Moredon, Swindon. The staffing includes three support workers and volunteers who support the sessions.

The sessions start with a group welcome and news of each person’s week developing memory and listening, followed by a supporter-led activity, storytelling, cooking, modeling, craft work, concrete sculptures, drumming, dance, drama and nature walks. Storytelling has become a strong feature at the start of the day along with friendship making and group work. The service also provides carers with stimulating examples of using craft work as a way of building relationships.

The service runs all year round except for holidays (2 weeks in August, 1 week at Easter and 2 weeks at Christmas) with the centre open from 09.30 am to 2.30 pm.