The Voices of Carers (Unpaid)
We want to meet carers wherever they feel most comfortable - at home or out on a walk – any time that best suits them and their family. The carers are our focus, but we love to meet any other family members that are interested in joining in.
At the moment, we are meeting carers that live in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and surrounding areas.
During meeting the carer, they can share anything they wish with us. Carina will sometimes ask questions but the conversation is predominantly led by the carer. Carina takes some notes (because her memory is shocking!) so when she sits at her small desk at home she can create a short story based on what has been said. This story is then shared with the carer and their family, which they can edit and change as they wish.
While Carina is chatting with the carer, Tina is taking lots of photographs. Tina will take pictures of everyday tasks so we can see what the caring role really looks like. We then ask if they would like a family portrait. Back at home, in the company of her cheese plant, Tina goes through the photos and picks the best. The carer is given printed and digital copies of these pictures. We then agree together which they are happy to share.
Once the story and the photographs are agreed upon by the carer we want to share them with anyone that will listen! We know that carers are truly amazing individuals. Each story so far, told in words and pictures, has been incredibly powerful. We want to teach the public that this invisible army are working day and night with little or no support, keeping the person they care for healthy, happy, and safe. We have the opportunity to exhibit the stories in The Vestibules at the City Hall, thanks to Artspace Livespace, in November 2021.
We are also looking for many more opportunities to shout about unpaid carers!