When you’re a carer it’s hard to find time for yourself so today was all about making sure the participants from Swansea Carers Centre had the space to be themselves. We took them out to Oxwich as part of the Bringing Gower Home project. The idea of this project is that people who would not normally access the Gower have a chance to express themselves through photography.
Not many of today’s participants had access to a camera before today. Others hadn’t been to Gower because of their caring commitments. The countryside isn’t renowned for its disabled access or its transport infrastructure so if you’re caring for someone with specialised needs then it can be almost impossible to enjoy these spaces in the same way as other people may do. Most carers get respite infrequently so today was invaluable in making sure everyone had time to breathe and be creative.
It was a real joy to see the burden of day-to-day responsibilities lift and see participants take part in stress-reducing activities such as walking and reflecting whilst photographing. Oxwich is perfect for regaining your sense of self and taking stock of your thoughts. Oxwich beach is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Oxwich Castle is one of the most beautiful castles on Gower. What better way to give these hard-working, caring, and talented people the break they deserve and learn new things about the Gower; and what brilliant photographs!!! I can’t wait to have the chance to catch up with Swansea Carers Centre again next month over a chat and a cuppa to see how Bringing Gower Home has made a difference to their lives.
Bringing Gower Home encourages a connection with the landscape and celebrate what is personally special about the Gower. I am organising, delivering, and supporting this project in collaboration with Gower Landscape Partnership (GLP) which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.