• Claire Cook

#47 | Results from 16th March

Here are the results from yesterday’s Mobilise Moments poll.

Oh to be listened to!

Yesterday we asked: "Do you feel that you are able to communicate the detail, challenges and experience of your situation to organisations who should be supporting you?"

In our Facebook Group and Cuppas, we regularly hear the frustrations of when one of us has felt unheard by a professional. Not only can this mean we haven't been able to access the support we were seeking, but it can leave us with some very unbeneficial emotions such as frustration and anger.

Just over half of us, believe we communicate effectively some of the time. This could be due to a number of variables. Including 'who' we are communicating with, but also how we're feeling on the day. It may also be, at least in part, down to the other person's listening skills!

And as we know, 'being understood' is only part of the process. If we require support, there will be other factors, such as budget and waiting lists at play. However - it all starts with getting ourselves heard and with effective communication of our needs.

There are many reasons we may not feel we can get our message across to professionals. But we don't need to let a lack of confidence or assertiveness be one of them. Jill, from Camden Carers, has pulled together this helpful blog on "How to be more assertive in our caring role".

Get support in your caring role, contact your local carer centre. Find out who is closest using this nifty tool from the Carers Trust.

If you were forwarded this page and you look after someone, you might like to contribute to a better understanding of unpaid carers. Sign-up for free to take part in Mobilise Moments today.