This week it’s Carers Week, 10th- 16th June.
The first question you might ask when you hear that it’s Carers Week is ‘What is a carer?’
Carers.org defines a carer as, ‘someone of any age who provides paid or unpaid support to people who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems’.
The aim of Carers Week this year is to raise awareness of the campaign which improves the lives of carers and the people they care for.
It does this by
- Raising the profile of the role of caring in the national, regional and local media and encouraging groups and organisation to take part and organise events and activities.
- Recognising the existing 6.5 million carers in the UK and their hard work and dedication to the people they care for.
This year Creative Support celebrated Carers Week by holding an open day at Wilshaw House day centre. At the day centre in Ashton we were joined by service users and their carers, who all enjoyed dancing and singing along to the local entertainer who played a varied selection of music from Elvis to ABBA on his keyboard. After everyone had enjoyed themselves dancing, the delicious buffet was served, made by the staff at Wilshaw House. In the afternoon information was available from the NHS who had a stall giving out advice to people about carers.
How did you mark Carers Week? Leave us a comment below.