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Latest News

On this page you can find out about what has been happening with The Carers Centre LeicesterShire & Rutland, any news articles we or our carers may have appeared in, any radio broadcast that our carers have participated in and any special events we would like you to know about.

Carers' Newsletter/Updates

These are emailed out at the end of each month with information collated about our own activities and event as well as any local and national events. Please click on the Carers' Updates button below to read our latest copy or if you would like to receive a copy directly into your email inbox please can you complete the form on the 'Contact Us' button below.

Creative Commun​ication for ​Dementia Carers Project

The power of positive touch 

(February 2023)

Carers have been learning, with the help of the Complimentary Therapy Manager from Loros, about the power of positive touch to support people with dementia. It can help to bring carer and cared for closer, even when the person with dementia has lost the ability to communicate verbally

Carers were shown how to combine the healing power of touch with stimulating the olfactory (or sense of smell) sense. They tested the way oils such as lemon can lift mood and lavender can aid sleep and relaxation.

During the session, h​and massage techniques were demonstrated and carers practiced on each other. One carer has already put this to immediate use with her husband. 

A massive thank you to Ian and his team at Nylacast Group for hosting a Christmas lunch for carers. A huge thank you also to Leicestershire Cares. Carers were treated to Christmas lunch, a quiz, bingo and even a visit from Father Christmas. What a lovely way to start the festive season.


Carers Christmas Meal

December 2022

A Small Selection of Photographs Taken at Our 2022 AGM

November 2022

Annual Report/AGM

November 2022

Thank you to everyone that attended our Annual General Meeting on 7th November. 

All our Annual Reports and information are available on the Charities Commission website which you can access by clicking here.


For more information about how we are governed or how to become a Member, please use the 'Contact Us' button

Behind Closed Doors

June 2022

Jo Bostock from BBC Leicester Interviews Staff and 

Carers about the Success of their Poetry Pharmacy 

March 2022

To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, carers were given the chance to take part in an arts project which reflected on how caring has changed over the last 70 years and how things might look like in future years.

Working with artists form Soft Touch Arts and using audio and visual arts, the project has produced an installation piece that can travel around venues providing a unique insight into how caring takes place 'Behind Closed Doors'.

The installation is available to visit at Soft Touch Arts on New Walk every Wednesday to Friday lunchtime until August and then will move on to the City Central Library.

Our Staff and Carers were delighted to talk to Jo Bostock from BBC Radio Leicester on her Sunday Breakfast show about our new Poetry Pharmacy - a model used by William Sieghart in which carers ‘prescribe’ poems to other unpaid carers to alleviate emotional distress and provide comfort and increase their sense of wellbeing.

To listen to the talk that William Sieghart gave our Creative Writing group please click on the William Sieghart talk button and to listen to the Jo Bostock interview please click on the 'Poetry Pharmacy Interview Button' below.

Carers Rights Day

November 2021

Members of The Creative Writing, Book Club, and Crafty Carers groups have managed to get together for Carers Rights Day. Not only were they looking at carers rights but they were also prescribing poems for other carers who requested them, to help them cope with their caring role.

Thank You Thursday with 

Jimmy Carpenter BBC Radio Leicester 

2nd December 2021

Kirsteen, Jacqui and Phil talks about how The Carers Centre LeicesterShire and Rutland have helped them and others over the years. Click on the picture opposite.

Our 30th Anniversary

The Carers Centre is celebrating it's 30th Anniversary and we recently held a fabulous event where carers, professionals and supporters came together to recgonise the great work of the last 30 years.

To see pictures and more information, please click on the Button below.

Carers Night Out - Meal and Theatre 

November 2021

A group of carers from The Carers Centre Leicestershire and Rutland went for a meal out and then to watch a LUNG production of ‘Who Cares’ at Curve Theatre Leicester. 

This was a powerful and thought provoking play about 3 young carers lives which everyone ended up with tears in their eyes because they understood the message of the play.

Dedicated Carers Given A Day Out In The Gardens

August 2021

Recipient of The British Empire Medal in Queen's 

2021 New Year's Honours List gets her medal 

September 2021

One of our newest members of staff  and an enthusiastic volunteer from Oakham has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the community in the Queens 2021 New Year's Honour List.

Jacqui Darlington has played an important role in improving the lives of more than 40 adults with additional needs living in and around the county by  setting up the Out of Hours Club Rutland after realising that once young people turn 25 their support decreases and or ceases all together. 

The group enables people over 18 with additional needs to enjoy leisure activities, handle money, interact with others and so much more. This in turn enable their parents and unpaid carers to get the respite they deserved.

However due to the pandemic Jacqui was unable to received her medal until 9th September which was witnessed not only by her family and close friends but also members of the Out of Hours Club Rutland and representatives from the various organisations that Jacqui volunteers with.

Kirsteen McVeigh The Carers Centre CEO was there to witness the ceremony and said "Jacqui has done so much in her local community to support others and it was fantastic to attend this ceremony and see her receive the recognition she most definitely deserves.

We are so thankful to Jacqui for all her volunteering although no-one is quite sure how she manages to fit it all in! Well done and congratulations from all of us".

Using the buttons below you can read the newspaper article and/or watch the actual ceremony of the Lord Lieutenant

Dr. Sarah Furness presentation of the British Empire Medal to Jacqui. 

As part of the celebrations for the 25 years of partnership working between Carers Trust and NGS we were fortunate to enjoy a day out at a local private garden. Our group included carers, staff and volunteers and we were welcomed by the garden owners Mike & Liz who also laid on a wonderful spread of cakes and teas! Thanks to funding from the Carers Trust we were able to offer transport so that everyone could travel safely and the weather even stayed dry. A beautiful garden and so lovely to actually see people in person!

“We can't thank enough for all of you for arranging the visit, the owners for welcoming us in the their heavenly beautiful gardens and delicious cakes and tea. It was such a lovely experience, to see all of you personally, the beautiful garden and the company....we enjoyed it all. Thank you so much to all of you for giving all of us a lovely time. Please pass on our heartiest Thank you to the owners of the garden. We appreciate their warm hospitality. Hope we have more experiences like this in future.”

Using the buttons below you can read the newspaper article and/or listen to the 

BBC Radio Leicester recording with Kirsteen along with two carers Tracy and Andy.

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