Published by Amy Peckham-Driver

Categorised in Good To Know

The theme for #CarersWeek2020, which ran from the 8th of June to the 14th, was to ‘make caring visible’. To honour this, we shared a number of short interviews over on our Facebook page that were sent in by some of the amazing carers registered here with us at #SuffolkCarersMatter. Sharing these stories offers insight into the lives of unpaid carers and helps bring visibility to the experiences of the millions of people within the UK taking on that role.

MEET THE CARER:
Rob

EXPLAIN YOUR CARING ROLE:
I’m the Dad of a 17 year old with Cerebral Palsy, Autism – and other diagnoses.

HOW HAS THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN AFFECTED YOUR FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD?
My son spends time with me fairly regularly under normal circumstances, depending on my job which involves shiftwork.
My job is considered ‘front line’ and therefore I have been out and about in Suffolk working as normal. This has caused us all concern because my son got the 12 week shielding letter. Therefore we took the decision that he wouldn’t come to me as normal. It’s been difficult because we’ve only arranged ‘distanced’ contact week to week. We’ve all just about been able to manage this, but we are looking forward to some kind of ‘new normal’ soon.

WHAT WORRIES OR CONCERNS YOU ABOUT TIMES AHEAD IN TERMS OF YOUR CARING ROLE?
I do think about this current situation rolling on for a long time. That’s going to affect everyone’s wellbeing.
I do think about his adulthood and what my son will end up doing in life. His sixth form have been excellent during these past months, and we are keeping positive about further developments about his education provision.

WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE?
Holidays & getting a break – this will of affect everyone this year and into the next year. Hopefully we’ll get a short break away in the UK if any lifted restrictions allow. I like to know that both of my children, although older now, are well.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHER CARERS AS ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT?
Mum’s are brilliant but Dad’s are Parent-Carers too !

Thanks Rob, we really appreciate your involvement with Carers Week & stay safe out there! – Suffolk Carers Matter

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