Join us on Tuesday, 29 November from 10:30am to 12 noon for a workshop to discuss how we’ll implement the feedback we gathered during the scoping phase of Mind the Gap.

Mind the Gap is a project being conducted in partnership between Catalyst and the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council which seeks to support carers from minority ethnic groups, with a particular focus on those within the refugee and asylum seeker community, and ensure they can access support.

According to the NHS, “a carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.” We know that many people who are carers do not see themselves as one – let alone those within the RAS community. There are many challenges that refugees and asylum-seekers face in receiving the support they might need as a carer, and we need your help to overcome them. At the Meet & Catch Up, tell us what we need to know about your clients and how we can support them as carers. The information we gather will be used to inform how support for carers in the RAS community is provided in the future.

Improving carers’, wellbeing is important to allow them to deliver great care for their family and friends effectively. Recognising their value and understanding their service to the community is vital. Encouraging them to access help and support for themselves will make a big difference to their lives.

Following a successful workshop last year to gather feedback on what the barriers are—now, we want to know the best ways to turn the feedback into tangible results. The key pieces of feedback we gathered were:

  • building trust, and
  • ensuring information is accessible

We would love to hear from you about what you think implementing these pieces of feedback should look like.

Last time, we learned that barriers included:

  • lack of awareness (of support resources, of the meaning of being a carer separate from one’s responsibilities as a loved one, etc.)
  • accessibility issues (ability to take time away from responsibilities, language barriers, cultural barriers, etc.)
  • lack of confidence (that the resource can support appropriately within a family’s cultural context, confidence speaking English/that language resources will be available, being new in the area and unsure about accessing available resources, etc.)
  • worries that accessing support resources might be unavailable based on immigration status (those with NRPF status, asylum seekers’ worries that accessing support might have an effect on the outcome of a claim of asylum, etc.)

We hope that you can come along to feed into the embedding phase of the project: how we can remove these barriers and how, in practice, we can ensure everyone can access the support that they need.

Book your space now by emailing or call Catalyst on 01642 733906.

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