The Struggles and Joy as a Carer

We started Katharina’s story in Part One and here we are catching up with her to capture her positive approach to life. She tells us of her joy as a carer. You may recall, Katharina and her son Jan, are the first international carer family to visit Kingham Cottage. We are proud to continue her […]

After Umbrage visits Carers Hub

After Umbrage makes a return visit to Cambridge to invite unpaid carers to Kingham Cottage and tell them all about the free holiday they can apply for. We visited the Carers Hub in Girton, Cambridge this week. It was a ‘welcome back’ by Laura Horne, Family Carer Coordinator at Caring Together. After Umbrage first met the […]

‘I love being part of the After Umbrage story’

Vanda Rorbach, beneficiary of After Umbrage, became a carer for her Mum, Lynne, six years ago. Lynne has frontal temporal dementia and last year was diagnosed with cancer. Her Mum has never smoked and doesn’t drink so it was a huge shock. As a very active woman all her life – sometimes holding down two jobs […]

National Stress Awareness Day

National Stress Awareness Day provides people with an opportunity to think about their wellbeing and find advice or support on managing stress. This year it falls on Wednesday 6th November. There will be a lot of information available online that day. It will focus on helping us recognise what’s making us stressed. The advice will be to […]

World Mental Health Day 2019

This year, World Mental Health Day falls on Thursday 10th October. It presents a perfect opportunity to praise and thank the many charities, organisations and the NHS for their work. Time to Change, the campaign that pledges to end mental health stigma, Heads Together with patrons, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge […]

Carers’ wellbeing gets a 100% improvement

The purpose of After Umbrage, the charity caring for those who care, is to boost carers’ wellbeing. We measure this by talking to our beneficiaries and running an annual survey. This year they tell us that after their free break at Kingham Cottage their wellbeing improved by 100%.  Largely, we anticipate the feedback that a […]

Happy 6th Birthday After Umbrage

This September, we celebrate reaching our 6th Birthday. Wow. It is a special milestone for any charity, business or organisation. It feels like someone telling us that we are doing something right. And for us, that is simple. It is to care for those who care. Unpaid carers often soldier on in silence We acknowledge […]

Parent Carers are at the Centre of our Work

Family Voice listens intently to the needs of parents and carers of children and young people aged 0—25 years with a disability or additional needs. Like us, they put parent carers and their children at the centre of their work. In their case, helping them to be heard. We were delighted to meet Katie Barnett and […]

Relief of suffering for those who care

The essence of Sue Ryder and her dedication to the relief of suffering is in evidence everywhere at St John’s Hospice near Moggerhanger, Bedford. There is a warmth that the social workers, staff nurses and volunteers embody and it was a complete pleasure to visit this month. We were invited to give a talk on […]