Signpost Carers Wellbeing Day The Big Day Arrives at Last! Signpost Stockport for Carers was delighted to throw open the doors of the Alma Lodge Hotel and welcome carers to their first wellbeing day! On Wednesday 28th June 2017, carers were given some time and space to think about their own wellbeing. This started off with booking a free mini treatment or therapy including Reiki, acupuncture, hand massages, hair cuts and gel nails – a tough choice for many! All of the therapists had given their time for free in recognition of the contribution that carers make to Stockport, and a desire to give carers a bit of time for them! A carer receives a hand-massage from Andrea Staton of Andies Bodyshop at Home Carers were also encouraged to book on a workshop or two. All of the topics had been hand picked with the intention that carers would learn some hints and tips that would help them manage some of the more challenging aspects of their caring role. The workshops were delivered by some of Signpost’s fabulous partners, including Healthy Minds and Stockport Self Help Services. Stockport Self Help Services delivered a workshop and ran a stall throughout the day A number of organisations and services also came along with their information and expertise to provide carers with the opportunity to speak about the challenges that can affect their caring roles and the quality of their lives. Stockport Life Leisure provided suggestions on how to incorporate exercise into a busy caring life, including through their new SMILE programme, and the Stockport Public Health Team offered blood pressure checks and health information. There was specialist advice on offer throughout the day. Shane Flannery, a solicitor Clifford & Johnston & Co. was on hand to offer advice on applying for Power of Attorney and some of the Signpost team ran benefits' advice clinics, in partnership with Solidarity Stockport. Stockport Library Service also came along with their iPads and information, showing carers how they can access some exciting new library developments (Zinio, anyone?!) from home using the internet – really important if it’s a struggle to get out. We felt it was really important to give carers time to just sit down and share their experiences, chat with old friends and make some new ones! Our carers lounge area offered several creative and fun activities, encouraging carers to think of ways of relaxing and taking time out from their caring roles. A team from the Arc Centre and Gallery ran card making sessions which produced some lovely results. There was also the opportunity to play table games, try colouring for mindfulness and simply sit and have a cup of tea and piece of cake. Carers making cards with Arc staff. Second Carers Network Event As part of the days events, professionals from across Stockport gathered together for Signpost's second Carers Network Event, a chance for all the agencies and organisations who work with carers to share good practice and exchange ideas. We hope these regular sessions will help to improve the relationships between professionals and carers in Stockport. Second Carers Network Meeting addressed by Lynne Stafford, Chief Executive of The Gaddum Centre. Thank you so much to all the agencies, professionals, organisations and generous individuals who contributed their time and energy to making this day a success. We had a great turn out and feedback has been super. We will take on board all comments about how we could improve the day for future occasions. It was our hope that this Carers Wellbeing Day would give all the carers in attendance a chance to think about how they can improve their ability to live happy, healthy lives alongside their caring responsibilities. We're looking forward to the next one already...!