Hi I’m Dawn and I work for Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource.
We are a local charity covering Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale, providing free and confidential support for unpaid carers from the age of 8 upwards. The service provides practical assistance at home, once someone has left hospital and is focused on reducing isolation as well as increasing confidence and independence.
Because my participants are carers, their main focus is looking after someone else and all the issues that may arise from this, depending on the illness of the person they are caring for. This often results in them having to give up work. Quite often, many of them are then socially isolated resulting in depression. Caring also takes a toll on them financially and will continue for as long the caring role.
I have seen massive changes in my participants, and this depends on the journey they have to make. From just managing to get out of the house, growing in confidence, to just finding themselves and then moving forward.