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Latest News

This is the page where you can find out all about what have been happening not only with The Carers Centre LeicesterShire & Rutland but also about 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 Update - This is emailed out twice a month with information collated from our own, local and national events.  If you would like to receive a copy please can you complete the form on the 'Contact Us' button below.

Carers' Update

Newsletter - We also publish our newsletters which as lots of information about The Carers Centre LeicesterShire & Rutland is offering carers. To get the latest copies please click on the 'Newsletters' button below.


Behind Closed Doors

June 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.

Jo Bostock from BBC Leicester Interviews Staff and 

Carers about the Success of their Poetry Pharmacy 

March 2022

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.

William Sieghart talks 

about Poetry Pharmacy 

    Jo Bostock Interview

Staff and Carers

Covid - 19 and Caring

December 2021

The Covid-19  pandemic is still with us and affects much of everyday life, making things even harder for those who are caring for someone. The Carers Centre currently offers a mix of online, telephone and 'in person' services and this approach is regularly reviewed in accordance with all government guidance.

With the changing concerns relating to Covid, this Christmas may be even more stressful for carers and if you have concerns about this, we recommend you seek advice from the NHS, government and Carers UK websites and helplines which have access to the most up to date information.

Carers UK Covid 19 


NHS Covid 19


Gov.UK Covid 19


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.

30th Anniversary

Launching of Our New Website 

December 2021

After months of planning, we are delighted to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website.

We wanted a new website to provide better information to our carers but it is still under construction and is being updated regularly.

We hope you like the fresh new look to the brand new website, and the improved navigation that will allow you to find the information you need more quickly and easily. If you cannot find something or would like to make any suggestions for new information or topics, please do let us know by using the 'Contact Us' button below and completing the form.  

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Caring over Christmas

We know that Christmas can be a difficult time for many carers whether your family celebrates the festival or not, as many services are closed and anxieties can be high.

The Carers Centre may be closed but there is still phone and email support out there for you. Below are some links to services that have helplines that are open over the festive period and also are a great source of advice and tips.

CarersUK has an enormous amount of information and advice and has a helpline available open over Christmas

Mobilise is a great site with lots of resources and helpline support for carers

Need immediate support over Christmas?

If you need health advice please follow NHS guidance, contact your GP or phone 111 for advice or phone 999 in an emergency.

Social Care Information:

If you have an emergency and need to talk to someone in Social Care during the holiday period please see the contact info below for your area:

Rutland County Council

Adult social Care support:

For emergencies only, outside office hours and at weekends and bank holidays: 0116 255 1606

Rutland County Council Children’s Social Care support:

For emergencies only, outside office hours and at weekends and bank holidays: 0116 305 0005

Leicestershire County Council

Adult social Care support:

For emergencies only, outside office hours and at weekends and bank holidays: 0116 255 1606

Leicestershire County Council Children’s Social Care support

For emergencies only, outside office hours and at weekends and bank holidays: 0116 305 0005

Leicester City Council:

Leicester City Council Adult Social Care support

We operate several out of hours helplines between 6pm to 8am. These numbers should only be used in emergency situations. 0116 255 1606 07511 213 133 07511 213 145

Leicester City council Children’s Social Care support

For emergencies only, outside office hours and at weekends and bank holidays: 0116 454 1004

Tips and advice on Coping with Christmas

Coping with Christmas for those caring for someone with dementia

The Virtual Carers Centre has some good suggestions about how to manage the challenges Christmas can present.

Here we take a look at 7 top ways to make Christmas with your loved ones

Coping with Christmas for those caring for someone with autism

Information and links to other sources of advice from Autism UK

How to have an Autism Friendly Christmas guide and tips

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.

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.

Annual Report/AGM

October 2021

Thank you to everyone that attended our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 3rd November either virtually or in person. 

This was the first time that we have had our AGM like this and everyone agreed that it worked well. 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

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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. 

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Dedicated Carers Given A Day Out In The Gardens

August 2021

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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