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Carers UK Forum • So wotcha think about the New Members - Page 4
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Re: So wotcha think about the New Members

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:24 am
by Guest
The Carers Trust, a merger of the former Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads, has a forum for young carers, I have no idea what age-range it covers but you might find it useful, Holly:

http://www.youngcarers.net/

Re: So wotcha think about the New Members

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:30 am
by bowlingbun
Deborah,
Not everyone here is a pensioner, however lots of people, of all ages, can enjoy a bit of fun with words. Have you managed to come up with a suggestion of your own yet?

Re: So wotcha think about the New Members

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:32 am
by crocus
I know just what holly means.
My hubby was involved in a road traffic accident when he was in his early thirties and we had young children. Local carers events werent geared towards us, especially as most carers were looking after elderly people with dementia. There is just nothing in my area for people with acquired brain injury. It was quite a lonely experience.

Re: So wotcha think about the New Members

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:34 am
by Guest
Deborah,
Not everyone here is a pensioner, however lots of people, of all ages, can enjoy a bit of fun with words. Have you managed to come up with a suggestion of your own yet?
Forum for Young Carers

Re: So wotcha think about the New Members

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:37 am
by Lazydaisy
Young Carers are from the age of about 7 to 18,not really appropriate.We could do with our own 18-30 talk page for younger Carers.

Re: So wotcha think about the New Members

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:52 am
by Guest
Just managed to find the age group for youngcarers.net, under 18 Image .

http://www.youngcarers.net/interactive/terms/

Looks like it is over to CUK.

Re: So wotcha think about the New Members

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:17 pm
by malc
i think it comes over quite clicky sometimes,you post something quite useful and seem to be ignored,ie your post is there somebody posts afterwards,they get a response and you sit in front of the computer wandering why you bothered,this could put a lot of people off.

Re: So wotcha think about the New Members

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:24 pm
by Legsmaniac
i think it comes over quite clicky sometimes
I have to say that I (so far) haven't noticed any posts implying the forum is in any way clique. If it was, I, as a very new member, wouldn't have found it so easy to "get stuck in" as I did.

Re: So wotcha think about the New Members

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:04 pm
by ladybird
Us "oldies" ( Image ) deciding what is going to be useful or what name to call it is not quite what I had in mind really.
It would probably be a much better idea if some of the younger members of the forum (sorry, Young Carers makes me think of teenagers) to tell us what they think is missing and if there is anythng that can be done about here.

A forum page is one idea but would there be the call for it-enough people using it? Would it be just for them, would anyone be able to participate in answering questions or would it be totally seperate..

Nope, I'm not being an awkward cuss but I have seen these problems crop up elsewhere. There is no guarantee that this forum can provide what Holly feels is missing but let's see what they suggest first.

Malc, the issue of "cliqueness" (is that even a word? Image ). To be honest, I haven't noticed posts being ignored but if they have, it is more than likely an oversight, honest. I posted something on another forum the other day, I was feeliing very low but didn't want to leave a newbie unanswered. I didn't have the exact experience he was looking for but quite close so I answered him telling I hope it helped anyway.

One other person answered him. He thanked her profusely then asked her some more questions. I felt totally ignored and also wondered why the hell I had bothered, I didn't expect effusive thanks but just an acknowledgement would have been nice!

So, yes..I know what you mean. Thing is with every forum, it is the nature of the place that if you contribute regularly, you get to know others. Not necessarily by PM but just by reading their posts.
The minute I see your name, I automatically think of you as being the carer for your young wife who has Alzheimers. The fact that we know each others situations may sometimes come across to a newbie as a clique, where it is not the case at all.

The whole point of a forum is to show support (and get it) from each other. This is probably one of the least "cliquey" (another suspect word Image Image ) that I have come across. Image

Re: So wotcha think about the New Members

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:18 pm
by Legsmaniac
A forum page is one idea but would there be the call for it-enough people using it?
Does it really matter? My view would be that it would be there for those who want to use it, whenever they want to use it, regardless of how much it gets used. Image

There are several forums (categories actually) on this forum that are used less often than (say) General Discussion but they're still there for those that want to use them, from time to time.

Just my humble opinion/view. Image