‘Enriching Lives’ project provides a lifeline for carers
At the end of 2019, we were ready to begin a new volunteering and social isolation project – Enriching Lives. Initially, the aim of the project was to recruit a number of socially isolated carers in a range of volunteering roles at Gaddum, to help them feel more connected and engaged in the community.
These roles included social group, peer support, outreach, fundraising and events. However, from mid-March onwards, the coronavirus pandemic hit and the country went into lockdown. Gaddum closed face to face services and moved to a remote model offering telephone support.
The aim was to give socially isolated carers a friendly voice and a listening ear. Referred users identified by our carers team were matched with a telephone support volunteer to receive weekly calls for 30 minutes. In total there were 22 volunteers supporting 39 carers.
Here’s some of the feedback we had from carers and volunteers about the project:
“Just having someone to talk to and having someone to listen, having that regular call has lifted my mood and helped me feel less isolated” Carer
“As a carer volunteering with other carers I have been able to share my experiences to help others. It feels good helping other carers like me and allows me to connect with other carers too.” Volunteer
We found that working remotely meant volunteers could easily fit calls into their day. Equally, volunteers could be successfully recruited and remotely using technology such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
As a result, Gaddum will change the way volunteers are inducted into the organisation offering the process remotely where appropriate. This will mean Gaddum will be able to utilise more volunteers to support service users and the community.
This will significantly change the way Gaddum works with volunteers in the future beyond the Enriching Lives project leaving a legacy of volunteering support for the organisation, service users and communities we work for.
Click on the link below to read the full report about the project.
The Peer Advocacy Project aims to support people who, due to their mental health needs, may find it difficult to speak up on their own, know where to get help or understand what their rights are. Our Volunteer Peer Advocates will use their knowledge and shared lived experiences of mental health to work in partnership with the person and provide 1:1 support with issues and tasks that they are struggling to do on their own. Peer Advocates will be matched to people based on their skill set and will work to empower, build confidence and achieve agreed outcomes and goals.
This is a pilot scheme that is currently only able to support people who are stepping down from working with a statutory Advocate.
Download the volunteer role profile here for more information.
If you would be interested in volunteering for the Peer Advocacy Project, please download and complete our application form.
Advice from our Child Bereavement Service
The team at Gaddum have put together some advice on how to cope during this difficult time.
This information covers:
- How to talk to Children and Young People about Coronavirus
- Telling Children and Young People that someone significant to them has died
- Recommended reading for Children and Young People
This pack is available by download by clicking the link below.
Gaddum Child Bereavement Coronavirus Advice
For the latest Government advice please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Bury Carers Service update-April 2020
Gaddum is sad to announce that from the end of May 2020, we will no longer be providing adult carers support services in Bury due to a change in the management of the contract.
For the last 11 years, Gaddum has provided direct support and advice to over 4,000 unwaged carers in the borough. The service also facilitated a very popular weekly coffee morning at the Mosses Centre which hosted up to 60 carers each week who came together to offer peer support, a friendly face and a place of respite for many.
Gaddum would like to reassure any carers currently being supported by our Bury Carers Service that our service provision will remain unchanged; we will continue to offer telephone advice and support until the end of May. Also, we would like carers to know that the current staff team will be transferred over to the new service provider as part of the change in contract, so initially the team will remain the same.
For any concerns or questions about this please speak to Caroline Malvern, Carers Engagement Co-ordinator at Bury Council on 0161 253 5439 or C.Malvern@bury.gov.uk
Information for clients accessing Gaddum services-April 2020
During the Coronavirus Pandemic, here is information about our services for our clients, partners and the community.
We are continuing to offer advocacy, carers support and therapy services across Greater Manchester. All our buildings are now closed in line with Government Guidance, and all our teams are all currently based off site, and are social distancing.
For the foreseeable future following Government advice, we are working under the following measures:
- All of our services are now being provided remotely, but still working closely with clients in the best way to support them. This may be over the phone, through email exchanges and texts, or face-to-face through video calling. We will support any client who maybe struggling due to the impact of Covid19, accessing local and national resources and services as appropriate.
- All group activities and sessions are postponed until further notice, but we are exploring ways to run groups using online services.
- Our volunteers are working remotely to support carers in Bury and Salford with telephone support.
- We are accepting referrals to all our services and re-referrals. New referrals can be emailed to us securely by password protected document, or given over the phone. Please do not post referrals to us. Referral forms can be found on our website.
Information about our services is subject to change – Please contact us directly or follow our social media channels for the latest information.
Our telephone number is unchanged; 0161 834 6069. (option 1; advocacy, option 2; carers support; option 3, therapy services).
Our opening hours are still 9am-5.30pm, Monday-Friday. Our email address is email@example.com and website is www.gaddum.org.uk
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2019 round up
Gaddum has had a busy year supporting the community of Greater Manchester for advocacy, carers and therapy services.
It was decided that a little snapshot of the year video would be nice to share with you, our wonderful clients and supporters.
View our short clip HERE.
Salford is moving
Gaddum’s Salford Carers Service has a new home!
Gaddum Salford carers service moved offices in December to a new location.
Salford Carers Service has been supporting carers locally since 2001 offering a comprehensive range of support, tailored to individual carer’s needs.
If you look after someone who has mental health issues, physical disability, long term illness, learning disability, drug or alcohol issues, dementia or frailty due to old age, we are here to support you.
‘Gaddum are incredibly grateful to the staff, trustees and the number of wonderful services who also based at Langworthy Cornerstone which has been our services home. Our new venue at Kings Court, 34 St George’s Way, M6 6SU will mean that we can offer more activities and groups for unwaged carers in the city. We are excited about this next part of our Gaddum journey.’
Lynne Stafford, Chief Executive, Gaddum
Can you help donate items to help our team settle into their new place? Click here for our wish list…
Statement re Michael Oglesby CBE DL
It is with sadness to hear the news that Michael Oglesby CBE DL has died.
Please read the statement from Gaddum: Michael Oglesby CBE DL.
Investing in People
Greater Manchester charity, Gaddum is pleased to announce that they have received Investors in People accreditation (IIP).
Gaddum is one of the leading voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisation for advocacy, carers and therapy services and expertise across Greater Manchester and beyond; by empowering people and enhancing lives through providing high quality, person centred services, and responding to individual needs.
Investors in People is the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the UK. By achieving their accreditation, Gaddum joins an exclusive group of UK employers eligible to use and display the sought-after Investors in People logo and plaque.
This standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. With a community of 14,000 organisations across 75 countries, successful accreditation against the Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustained success.
Lynne Stafford, Chief Executive, Gaddum comments;
‘‘It is wonderful news that Gaddum has been accredited with Investors in People. As a health and wellbeing charity, it is essential that we aim for continual improvement of our colleagues and the wider community. This is an exciting time for our charity and a huge achievement for our team”
Jo Lever, Investors in People Specialist, said:
“We are very pleased for Gaddum who have achieved the Investors in People accreditation, which recognises good performance achieved through integrated people practices. Through effective leadership, Lynne and her Senior Management Team have created an open and collaborative environment for people and are continually seeking to improve on their current practises. They should be proud of their achievement.”
Take a look at our interview on That’s TV Manchester! This was to promote our the work of Manchester Carers Network.
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LGBT carers-be heard!
Manchester Carers Network, a group of 21 voluntary organisations who provide information, advice and support to carers, is working with LGBT Foundation, who deliver support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, with an aim of understanding the views of LGBT carers and learning how they can help improve access to services, support and information that is relevant and beneficial to them as a carer’
A carer is anyone who cares, unwaged, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Together we are looking for views from LGBT carers or services providing support across Manchester. They want you to tell them if you think anything extra is needed for LGBT Carers besides what is currently offered by existing health, social care and LGBT services.
For further information, email Sam Palmer or visit manchestercarersnetwork.org.uk
For PR/Media enquiries, please contact Charlotte Brown, PR & Comms Lead.
For general information, please contact Gaddum on 0161 834 6069 or by emailing here.