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1/20 unfinished thoughts...#online Church has been dismissed for years: a ‘last resort’, a ‘pale imitation’, ‘only just better than nothing’ are 3 verdicts I've heard. Some say how much they #mourn the loss of meeting in church buildings. It's a heavy loss, a significant sorrow.
2/20 But, as with many who #grieve, in our sorrow we must be careful not to #wound others, as #mainstream #church struggles to inhabit what has been the lived, continuous (sometimes total) experience of #disabled #christians, Christians with #mentalhealth struggles...
3/20 ...Christians who are #carers for those who can't #access #Church as we knew it & Christians who work shifts. In our thrashing about in this new arena, we should be careful not to push out those whose #spiritual #home this has been for a long time...
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#ClapForCarers #ThankYouNHS

With such immense gratitude for the people putting themselves on the line for us all every single day. For everyone at #stmaryshospital in #paddington, and all our #NHS and all #carers across the country. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Never even knew so many people lived on my street. People out in force clapping, whistling and shouting “NHS NHS”. I can even hear people banging pots. #solidarity #ClapForCarers #ThankYouNHS #londonlockdown
Medic family and friends responded very emotionally to all the cheering and support. We mustn’t forget them in the days ahead. #ThankYouNHS
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Not sure why I'm so bothered about the lack of government support for UK family carers during the pandemic?

Here's why 👇👇👇

(1) Almost 9 million people in the UK provide unpaid care for family members and friends with long-term illnesses and disabilities 1/n
(2) Their unpaid labour saves the British government £132 billion each year. That's £15 million every hour.

(3) This makes family carers the equivalent of a second NHS. 2/n
(4) Second only to the NHS, family carers are providing the majority of care to those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

(5) Family carers already experience higher than average rates of physical & mental illness, social isolation, and financial distress. 3/n
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I’m sure I’ll get some trolling for this but I don’t care! I’ve had enough! I’m a unpaid Carer for my 82 year old dad who had 2-3 hospital appointments per week as he’s got a lot of health issues,I also carer for my husband who is in heart failure after a failed quadbypass
I have Multiple sclerosis, Lupus, a pancreatic tumour, Hyper-mobility, asthma & Arthritis.. for me to be a carer im offered £65 a week from the government but they take £30+ off you so £35.. this week alone I’ve spent £10 on hospital car parking and this is a weekly cost
I’m a mum to two teenagers, one doing their GCSES the other about to start her university degree, I have NO time what so ever to spend with my children! Today I got back from my dads hospital appointment with horrible numbness in my legs (bloody MS) and I’ve been in a lot of pain
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#realcarersweek 1/
Carer poverty is increasing - as the benefit system is devastated; as care charges increase exponentially, as carers are forced to leave work to care, many find themselves struggling to afford the basic and subsidising care costs and paying for equipment.
#realcarersweek 2/
Carer health is suffering - mental health, anxiety, physical pain, putting off their own health checks, often because there is no support to allow them to do this. Emergency planning to take account of carer needs/wellbeing is patchy at best.
#realcarersweek 3/ Where is the future planning? How are we planning for the future of disabled children and adults who may outlive their immediate family? The greatest fear of carers is what happens if they are no longer there to care for our loved ones.
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