A café in Wiltshire provides a platform for carers to interact


A teashop that is meant to support unpaid caregivers in the northeast part of Wiltshire has set off in Marlborough at St.Peter’s Church. Wiltshire community charity carer support operates the cafe. The organization manages the teashops and aids groups in the entire county. Funds raised by the Tesco Bags of Help project and a fundraising appeal via local charity connections backed the plan. The coffee shop at St. Peter’s Church is located on the west side of the Marlborough high street and will operate in the morning hours every last Wednesday of the month.

The attendants can share and seek advice from volunteers. Marlborough Community Connector for Carer Support Wiltshire, Julian Pugsley, said he is excited about the establishment of the caregivers’ café. He was happy that it would serve as a source for voluntary carers both in the city and the surrounding neighborhood. Julian affirmed that their caregiver’s coffee shops are casual and the voluntary attendants can walk in the mornings and get a friendly welcome. The caregivers are not obligated to register with the Carer Support Wiltshire or share about their caring roles to show up at the café. In most cases, voluntary attendants do not like chatting about their duties. Nevertheless, the restaurant is an excellent platform that the caregivers can use to share about challenges that carers face and to get advice and guidance from other caretakers and volunteers.
Caregivers have experienced a warm experience

Jean Mayston, a caregiver from Burbage, is extremely grateful for this opportunity. Together with her daughter, Karen, they all look after her husband. Jean confesses how hard it is to plan or tour for a long duration when you have someone to look after. Thus, the café is a convenient place both for her and her daughter. Ann, another carer from Great Bedwyn, also agrees that the coffee shop has a warm environment, and she interacts with others freely.


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