Helping carers stay connected

1st October 21

Sparko being usedWe at Caring Together have teamed up with Sparko TV, to bring its innovative solution to carers in and around Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.

Sparko helps people who are looking after a family member or friend to get involved with their local community, make new friends, enjoy a range of bespoke activities and signposts to services, including partners Care Network Cambridgeshire, Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and Alzheimer’s Society Cambridgeshire.

And to help you to see how Sparko could help you we are inviting you to come along to a demonstration on Tuesday 19 October from 1.30-3pm at the Dementia Resource Centre in Peterborough.

If you would like to come along to this session or find out more about Sparko please email [email protected] or call 0345 241 0954

Andy McGowan, head of carer services at Caring Together said, “We know many carers do not find it easy to take part in social activities, exercise classes or even access important services, as they are busy looking after someone.

“Caring for a relative or loved one can be extremely challenging, and can make people feel very isolated. We want people to realise that they are not alone, there is a community of supportive people and Sparko is a way that they can connect with others without leaving home.

“We are also excited to see the types of activities that people will take part in. It will give people the opportunity to build on existing skills, learn new ones, take part in educational and learning opportunities, and just to try something new! It will be great to see some of our carers re-engaging with hobbies and activities that can otherwise be hard to keep up with; they will be able to reconnect with their identity as an individual’.

“Adding Sparko to our existing in-person and digital activities and support for carers is a really valuable step for us in making support and opportunities for carers available in ways that work for them.”