Carers Advice and Resources Establishment, Sandwell (CARES), which has 13 staff members and 35 volunteers dedicated to providing much needed support and advice for unpaid family carers in Sandwell, has won funding from Yorkshire-based Engage Mutual.
Janet Whitworth from Birmingham, a customer of Engage Mutual, and a volunteer with Cares for over four years, applied to the mutual’s ‘engage with your community’ initiative to help CARES implement a new form of respite care. CARES was one of three successful charities chosen to receive funding from a range of UK-wide applications received.
Engage Mutual will provide CARES with around £4,000 worth of financial support and will work alongside the charity to help set up an innovative form of respite for carers.
A rock choir of carers from across the area will be formed, providing them with a light-hearted break from caring but also a way of learning new skills in the process.
Speaking of the support Janet Whitworth said:
“The support from Engage Mutual will be of great benefit to CARES, it will allow us to promote health and wellbeing by offering carers a way to channel their stress and anxiety, helping to address mental health issues through the formation of a Carers Vocal Rock Choir.
“This scheme will have a positive impact on carers across the area but without the funding and support from Engage Mutual we wouldn’t have been possible, so for that we are all very grateful.”
The ‘engage with your community’ initiative was open to all customers of Engage Mutual who are regularly involved with a good cause or community initiative.
Tina Jessop, Head of Brand at Engage Mutual, explains:
“As a mutual organisation we are committed to supporting our local communities and good causes.
“The aim of engage with your community was to encourage and reward our customers for doing the same. The work which CARES undertakes has a real positive impact on its local community and I hope our support can help to cement that.”