Swanswell brings the inside outside to highlight carer support

02 September 2011

Shoppers in Barnsley have today had a real insight into the often difficult lives of carers, as part of a campaign highlighting how alcohol can affect the lives of everyone.

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, recreated a typical scene from the home of someone looking after a friend or relative affected by alcohol misuse.

Actors performed ‘Inside Outside’ – a campaign created in partnership with Moo Moo Youth Marketing - in front of unsuspecting shoppers at the Mall Shopping Centre on Cheapside between 11am and 3pm today (Friday 2 September 2011).

The aim of the campaign was to highlight the difficulties carers face and the support available.          

Staff were also on hand to give information about the help on offer from Swanswell’s carer support service in Barnsley, which provides access to group discussions, individual therapeutic interventions, qualification opportunities, advice and guidance.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘For every person with a drug and/or alcohol problem, there’s usually at least one carer and we understand that it can be a very isolating and difficult experience.

Our thought-provoking Inside Outside campaign is designed to challenge most people’s thinking of ‘what happens at home, stays at home’ and highlight how this is an experience shared by many residents who may not even realise it’s happening to them.

Most importantly, it raises awareness of the help available through Swanswell’s carer support service and how, with our help, they can take steps to improve their life while helping their friend or loved one change and be happy.’

For details of how to get in touch with Swanswell's carer support service, visit our 'Contact us' page.







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