Be Well - a call for volunteers

TimeBank is looking for volunteers in and around Birmingham and the Black Country who would like to take part in our Be Well project during September and October in Dudley.

The project will run workshops for carers who look after relatives or friends facing addiction or a condition with a social stigma.

Life as a carer is challenging, and the role is often taken on in a crisis. A carer might give up work or study and be living with the uncertainty of not knowing what the future holds for the person they care for. Often the role is so intense that the carer does not stop to consider the implications for their own health and wellbeing.

Volunteers will help carers to identify their own needs and understand their rights as carers. There will also be time to explore ways to increase carers’ wellbeing and access to local support networks.

Be Well builds on the success of a similar pilot project, Hidden Carers, that we ran recently in Birmingham to help carers with low levels of English to access support.

Volunteers will receive training and support to deliver the workshop alongside a co-trainer. We hope that those offering their time will gain a variety of skills by taking part in the programme. Travel expenses will be paid and lunch provided.

If you’d like to know more get in touch with the project co-ordinator Odilia Mabrouk at odilia@timebank.org.uk or phone her on 0121 236 2531 before September 15.