Carers celebrated at Annual Carers' Conference

Date: 13 June 2017

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust held its annual Conference for Carers at Dillington House in Ilminster on 12 June 2017.

Over 80 carers attended the conference, which is an annual event run by the Trust’s Carers’ Service, to celebrate the work of the carers that they support and to give carers a day of relaxation and fun.  Carers took part in workshops about willow and wire craft, Tai Chi, outdoors walking and tours of the beautiful Grade II listed country house.

The conference was addressed by local wildlife expert Pauline Kidner. Pauline, who founded Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in Highbridge, shared some of the history behind Secret World and made everyone laugh with her stories of some of the scrapes that she and her wildlife have got into.

Carers’ Service Manager Caroline Mead was delighted to welcome Pauline Kidner to the conference and said:

“It was lovely to hear from Pauline who was able to share her own stories about caring – albeit for lives of a wilder and woollier nature. We support carers who look after family members and loved ones who are living with mental health conditions, including dementia. Our carers have to look after their loved ones day in and day out. Our annual carers’ conference is held during National Carers’ Week and is a chance for us to thank carers for their work and for them to make new friends who are going through the same things, as well as enjoying learning new crafts and skills together.”

Somerset Partnership’s Carers’ Service provides support and advice for carers of people receiving mental health services, including dementia. For more information, contact Caroline Mead on 01749 836606.

Pictured at the top of the page are Secret World Founder Pauline Kidner with local carer, Dick Acworth.