Carers are the real heroes in Society

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It’s estimated that “informal” care contributes £119bn to the economy every year. It’s of course worth much more than that if you add in the love, happiness and companionship carers bring into people’s lives every day.

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My real concern is, who’s caring for the carers? The emotional and physical strain put on carers is immense and can often be overwhelming. Unless we start taking their health and well being seriously there is the danger that they will crumble under the pressure. Where would that leave us?

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My other concern is that carers are not given the recognition they deserve. If you analyse the value each profession generates to our economy, society and our future well being, I bet that care workers would come out near the top. So why do we continue to pay them minimum wages and take their contribution for granted?

Caring is one of the most rewarding jobs out there. It’s about time we started to promote it as a desirable career and recognise it’s contribution to the future of society. Let’s get young people involved by offering structured apprenticeships and career paths that allow them to spend their lives in the care sector.

 

Carers are the real heroes in society and it’s time to reward them accordingly and support them properly.

 

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Discover Your Happy Place

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Have you ever looked around you recently to see how miserable everyone looks? Have you smiled at someone and received a puzzled or dismissive facial expression?

Every day we witness people going through the monotony of daily life, expressionless, unhappy, stressed, in a hurry with no time for themselves – let alone others.

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Sometimes I think we are like hamsters on a wheel in a cage – all that effort to get no further forward. Our so-called leaders keep us living in fear of change, conflict and uncertainty. The privileged few continue to thrive and prosper as the silent majority struggle to survive daily life.

As a result our lives are full of stress, anxiety, depression and despair as we can’t see a way out of the monotony of daily life.

However, it doesn’t need to be this way…

Imagine if we all got off the wheel, took a deep breath and had a good look around?  Would we see things differently? Would we realise there’s got to be a better way?

Too often it takes misfortune in life to get us to think differently about the importance of enjoying our time on this amazing planet. For many people this happens too late in life to make the change. This year in particular has been a salutary lesson in how precious and fragile life is.

If you’re struggling to find happiness and contentment then try this…

Take a moment to step outside of your daily routine. Go to your favourite place, somewhere you feel relaxed and at ease with life. Then ask yourself;

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Why am I doing this? Is it what I really want? Am I happy? What’s my dream?

This will help you find a happier place in life and determine how you can spend more time there. It may be a challenging journey but it will be worth it in the end.

And finally, here’s a few great quotes to inspire you along your road to your happy place…

 

 

 

 

 

A clear vision for happiness

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Our aim is to make a positive contribution to the health & wellbeing of local communities through golf.

Our approach is to make golf fun, enjoyable, rewarding and accessible to more people.

We are passionate about providing people in disadvantaged, vulnerable and sensitive situations with the chance to get their lives back on track – we call it their “Happy Place”.

Mutual respect, dignity, trust and integrity are our core values – all wrapped up in compassion and kindness – with a sprinkling of daily happiness – That’s our special recipe!!

Every day we ask ourselves and our customers “where is your happy place – Let’s pay it a visit”.

If we take one more person each day to a happier place – then that’s success for us.

Working with us to improve lives through golf

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With our communities facing so many social time bombs, it can become overwhelming when you start to consider how to address them. We take the view that only by creating strong and effective partnerships can we achieve our goals and ambitions.

There are so many stakeholders with a genuine interest in engineering social change. From health and social care professionals to community leaders – everyone wants to play their part – but how do you achieve it when it’s so complex?

We try and make things really simple – but highly effective. We focus on what we do best and let others do the same.

“The art of being a successful social enterprise is identifying a community issue and developing unique solution

Working with us provides stakeholders with “facilitators” for social change. We offer the expertise in creating “golfing experiences” that transform peoples lives. We can take people from the most lonely or vulnerable positions and give them renewed hope and purpose through golf.

If you are involved in delivering social change or encouraging healthy ageing and are interested in new services that help you achieve your goals, then we may have be able to help you on your journey.

We are currently developing services that help reduce loneliness, increase physical activity and provide mental stimulation through golf – as well providing community integration initiatives.

Why not get in touch to see if we can forge a “perfect partnership” that makes a real difference to peoples lives.

Dementia 2015 – Keep up the pressure on our political leaders

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PLEASE READ THE REPORT AND JOIN US IN IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Today Alzheimer’s Society launches our new report, Dementia 2015, which looks at quality of life for people with dementia and their carers in England.

The report is a rallying cry to government to take action and see their election promises through. Our annual report on the experiences of people living with dementia and their carers covers the whole breadth of issues that need to be addressed in order to make Britain dementia friendly.

Our calls from our Right to Know campaign, about the need for improved rates of diagnosis and for a nationally assured package of post-diagnosis support (including a dementia advisor) for everyone diagnosed are in there, alongside our calls for improved systems of care and support for carers.

You can read more about the calls in our blog, and email senior politicians about the calls that matter most to you.

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Social care at breaking point

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Today there’s likely to be more announcements on “welfare savings” from our political leaders. When you consider the strain already being placed on local authorities to support vulnerable people in our communities, it makes you wonder how we will care for them in the future. Physical and mental illness continues to rise, Dementia is affecting more people than ever and resources to tackle these issues are becoming increasingly inadequate.

The sooner we embrace the new wave of social enterprise services out there – the quicker we can start providing the quality care and support our communities need and deserve. The current social support framework is breaking apart at the seams. You only need to listen to the carers and medical professionals to understand the enormity of the pressure being placed on existing services. These are the people at the sharp end of social care who need our support. We cannot afford to lose them.

Let’s keep challenging our leaders to consider new, more effective ways of providing care in our communities.

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