Are you a carer and in need of support?
If you're feeling lonely, and isolated, you can connect with other carers via the Royal British Legion's Network for Carers.
The Network for Carers uses peer-to-peer social groups to share experiences, and to build friendships. This will help you to face the daily challenges of being a carer.
This high profile project has the backing of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust through the tackling Loneliness programme.
Who is eligible for support?
To be eligible for support from Network for Carers you must be a carer in the Armed Forces community. The support provided by Network for Carers is not aimed at paid care workers who provide care as part of their employment.
Examples of support include:
- Veterans who are carers
- Carers who care for a veteran
- Carers who have a serving person in their immediate family (but the person they care for is not the serving person)
- Carers who currently serve in the UK Armed Forces
Network for Carers social groups are open to individuals aged 18 years and over, there is no upper age limit. It is hoped that young carers may be supported in the future.
Benefits of joining include:
- Monthly face-to-face social group sessions which are tailored to the interests of the attendees. If you need help with respite care/travel/childcare to attend these sessions the team may be able to help.
- The option of attending a virtual social groups if you are unable to attend in person. If you need help with digital equipment or training on digital equipment the team may be able to support you.
- The opportunity to discuss your needs with an Royal British Legion representative so that the relevant support can be agreed.
- Being able to attend sessions held at a range of venues with an Armed Forces connection. These include local military museums and the National Memorial Arboretum.
How to get in touch:
To find out more information about the Network for Carers please email the team.
If you'd like to attend one of the groups please fill in this contact form. If you think you may require support for attendance, please select the corresponding tick-box when completing your registration form.
You will have the opportunity to discuss your requirements in greater detail with a member of the team during your welcome call.
The Network for Carers also needs more volunteers to deliver their programme. Find out how you can volunteer.
Locations and dates for group meetings
York Army Museum: Sunday 27th March at 2pm. Then 4th Sunday of the month.
National Memorial Arboretum:Thursday, 20 January, 2022. Then 3rd Thursday of the month.
Royal Air Force Museum Cosford: Friday 19th November 2021. Then 3rd Friday of the month.