NKS CARE FOR CARERS’ PROJECT
Are you a Carer? Can we help you in your role as a Carer? Do you want to help influence the policy debate around Carers? The aim of this project is to work closely with South Asian female carers to empower and build resilience among them through advice, knowledge, information and personal development activities.
NKS seek to work closely with South Asian female carers who are isolated and disadvantaged due to many barriers faced by them, and empower as well as build resilience among them. The project aims to mitigate their experiences of negative physical and mental health. We reach out to hidden and isolated South Asian female carers of children as well as young people with special needs, and to carers of people with long term health conditions. These carers include; mostly unpaid, but will be paid too, with generally caring roles defined by cultural and gender norms that are so embedded in South Asian communities.
NKS gives isolated South Asian female carers a platform to come together and share information and collectively address those issues that lead to barriers for them to improve quality of life, and to influence policy debates at a strategic level. The platform is in the form of carers forum, programme of activities in group settings and one to one support where needed to help them recognize their strengths and use these to make life changes and become more resilient. The activities are aimed at South Asian female carers – paid and unpaid of children, young people and adults who are isolated due to numerous barriers and have little support in the community. The barriers faced by them may relate to lack of information, cultural and gender issues and language barriers.
Through one to one support we help carers to manage their caring role within the cultural and religious boundaries. One to one support is offered in the area of accessing services, income maximisation, personal needs and development, carers break within acceptable boundaries, building positive relationships within their families, their rights and legal implications for the whole family, support with finding a direction in the way of work, studying, joining English classes or volunteering.
Through programme of activities in group settings around health and well being, increased social bonding opportunities, information about rights and legal issues, and educational workshops to enable informal learning, and raising physical and mental health status, the carers are improving their quality of life.
One of the crucial contribution of the project is forming a Carers forum that provides group advocacy opportunities to South Asian female carers; especially unpaid carers experiencing barriers related to race and gender. The forum provides opportunities to share information about the gaps and issues for female carers bringing service providers and carers on one platform to influence policy debate.