National Carers’ Week Put Spotlight On Health And Well-being.
2:42pm 19th June 2012
Carers are invited to celebrate this year’s National Carers’ Week , 18 – 24 June, at a series of events across the county.
The theme this year is "In Sickness and in Health", which is aimed at turning the public’s attention to the impact of caring on the carers own health and well-being.
As well as highlighting the needs and concerns of carers, this week also provides an opportunity to raise awareness and celebrate the work they do.
Over 6 million people in the UK are carers– giving their own time to help support a friend or relative with a disability, illness or condition.
The UK’s carers are, quite literally, indispensable. By providing unpaid care for someone they know, they save the economy an incredible £87 billion.
Three in five of us will become a carer at some point in our lives, providing unpaid care to someone we know who is ill, frail or disabled. In Dorset, 42,000 people provide care on a regular basis.
The time and energy they give to looking after other people means carers are rarely able to pursue a life of their own and often miss out on many basic things that most of us take for granted: a weekend away, opportunity for promotion, or even the chance to have a long bath or a full night’s sleep.
Andrew Cattaway, Cabinet member for adult social care at Dorset County Council, said:
“All too often when people take on a caring role they are faced with difficult decisions and challenges – such as having to work less or give up work altogether, managing with less income, managing the daily routines for someone who is unable to cope independently, having to give up hobbies and interests due to lack of time, coping with the impact on family life of caring for someone whose needs require constant attention.
“National Carers’ Week gives us an opportunity to highlight the excellent work carried out by local people to support their friends and family.”
Dorset based events to mark Carers’ Week include:
Information day for carers at Weymouth Community Fire station, Radipole Lane, Tuesday 19 June 11am – 2pm. There will be a variety of information stands, light refreshments and an opportunity to have an interactive Fire Wise safety tour. This event is organised by GP practices in Weymouth and Portland, Dorset County Council and NHS Dorset.
Strawberries and cream at Chancery House in Bridport, Chancery Lane on Tuesday 19 June, 10.30am to 1pm on the roof terrace, weather permitting.
Barbecue at Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester on Thursday 21 June, 11am – 2.30pm. The event will include information stands, a plant sale, free manicure and more and is organised by Age UK and Dorset County Council.
Coffee morning with a raffle, information and cakes on Monday 18 June at Portland Health Centre, Park Estate Road, Easton. 10.30am – 12pm.
A visit to Burrows Farm Gardens in Axminster, Monday 18 June. Bring a picnic or enjoy lunch in the tearooms. This event is sponsored by the Rotary Club. Call 01305 251414 to book a space.
Quiz with prizes and a buffet lunch at St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Road, Ferndown, Thursday 21 June 11am. To book a space call 01202 877445.
Service information day at Wareham Hospital, Tuesday 19 June 12pm – 8pm and also at Swanage Hospital, Thursday 21 June, 12pm – 8pm.
Mr Cattaway added: “We want to highlight that there is support for carers and a range of services available to support them. People do not need to cope alone.”
The council works in partnership with several voluntary agencies, including Help and Care and St Johns Ambulance.
The council also employ a number of carers’ caseworkers to provide emotional support and help the carers plan how they will manage the task ahead of them. These workers are available to support the carer whether the cared for person receives a service or not.
If you are not receiving support in your caring role and are not sure what to do next, contact the Adult Access Team, Dorset Direct, 01305 221016.
Alternatively, if you are not quite sure where to start looking for information or support, Help and Care, which is an independent charity that receives funding from the county council to provide support services to adult carers, will also be able to help.
Help and Care's Carerslink helpline 0845 4500 418. The web site is: www.helpandcare.org.uk