• Claire Cook

#53 | Results from 22nd March

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

Giving or Give in?

Yesterday we asked: Outside of your main caring role, do you provide support to others regularly?

Graph showing how unpaid carers rated the support they receive from family and friends. The majority of respondents don't rate support highly on a scale of 1-5. With 5 being very well supported. 68% rated their support three or under.

A mixed bag of responses yesterday, although adding 'always', 'sometimes' and 'I have done in the past' all together, we can see an overwhelming majority of us are (or have) extended our "support giving" outside of our main caring role - over 70% of us in fact.

Sometimes this may be due to necessity or obligation, but we also know from chatting within our community, that many of us are very willing to extend our support and in fact, when done well it can boost our own wellbeing.

26.8% of us responded with 'no, my hands are full'. A feeling many of us can relate to at different times. Research shows that undertaking a small kind deed for someone else, can actually boost our wellbeing. So with that in mind, perhaps there is a small opportunity to help ourselves. It only has to be tiny gesture, perhaps making someone's bed, or buying a bunch of flowers for a friend. Making us and the recipient both feel good.

Despite how busy we are as carers, there is a strong sense of willingness and action to help others. Through lockdown we caught up with some of our community to discuss how kind deeds were helping us, and share some of the activities we have each been involved with. Feel inspired by our 'Kindness is thriving' blog.

And remember, our free carer support team are available seven days per week.

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.