At 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th September the Lord Lieutenant for the County of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst, presented the Queens Aware for Voluntary Services to the RBC Carers Ministries Team at Rayleigh Baptist Church.
The Queens Award is given to recognise outstanding contributions to local communities by groups of volunteers. The Award has the equivalent status for the Team as the MBE has for individuals.
The Award recognises that the volunteers within the RBC Carers Ministries Team offer effective support and time out for Carers. The Carers can access help on the telephone, as well as attending 3 different sessions throughout the month-
1. Carers Cafe, which takes place on the first Saturday of most months and includes various community activities.
2. Carers and Cared For Coffee Morning, on the third Friday of every month.
3. Share the Care, which offers one-to-one support by appointment.
The Cafe started 12 years ago with small local beginnings, but has steadily grown in numbers, both in volunteers and the Carers and their loved ones who have registered for support.
While part of Rayleigh Baptist Church, no one is expected to embrace their faith. The only criteria being that they are a ‘Carer’. Everyone is welcome and the support services are free and make a significant contribution to improving the well-being of adult Carers and their families.
The Carers Cafe and its satallite services combat loneliness and isolation, signposting to useful contacts and empowering Carers to make social connections with those who share a common factor – ‘They Care’.
What does the Award mean to the Team – “The Award will encourage the Team in enabling Carers to come forward for support with confidence”.