SOLIHULL Carers have been celebrating this week – and with good reason.
Firstly, they’ve been toasting and raising awareness of befriending in the local community and secondly, celebrating ‘trustees week’ for the commitment and contribution of their trustees, people who make key decisions on the charity’s work.
And the celebrations hit their high point when Solihull Carers Trust and Eastcote Park retirement village and care home came together to say ‘thank you’ to all their volunteers by putting on a tasty afternoon tea.
Befrienders, trustees, Carers Trust co-ordinators and carers came along to enjoy the experience in the newly finished Eastcote Park premises on Knowle Road.
Solihull Carers not only provide financial advice, carers assessments, events and activities, but also have their new befriending service which tackles loneliness and social isolation by providing connection and community.
Solihull carers’ volunteers have also been there for the borough’s unpaid carers with hours of telephone support throughout the pandemic.
Emma Hunter of Solihull Carers said: “And let’s not forget our trustees, who are also volunteers.
“Being a trustee involves taking on significant responsibilities and the role is almost always unpaid.
“Trustees Week is a fantastic opportunity to thank them for the work they do.”
As a final touch, for those carers who couldn’t attend due to their caring responsibilities, Eastcote provided a boxed tea and hand delivered sandwiches, cream scones and cake to homes across the borough which were met with big smiles and a lot of gratitude.
Ben Dalgetty from Eastcote Park said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer a small gesture to Solihull Carers Trust as a thank you for all of the work they do in our community.
“Without the volunteer carers, befrienders and trustees and of course the staff many would be left vulnerable and isolated in their homes. We very much look forward to working with them again.”
For more on Eastcote Park call 0121 269 1236 or visit www.cinnamoncc.com.