Monday 10 June marks the first day of Carers Week 2019, bringing an opportunity for Warwickshire County Council to raise awareness of the different services on offer in Warwickshire to help make carers’ lives a little bit easier.
A carer is anyone who regularly provides unpaid help to someone who could not cope without them. Unfortunately many people do not realise that they are carers, while many who do realise are unaware that there is support available for them.
With 108,000 of Warwickshire residents registered with their GP as having some form of caring responsibility and the true number likely to be higher, it is vital that WCC ensures carers can access the support they need to retain their own independence and wellbeing.
Carers Week is a national event that takes place each year to both celebrate the vital work carers do to support people in our communities, and to raise awareness of the help that is available for them. Carers Week is about building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.
Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Caring for a loved one can be a full-time job, something that affects your life every day. In Warwickshire it’s a priority for us to ensure people stay safe, healthy, and independent and Carers Week is a fantastic opportunity for us to raise awareness of the support available specifically for carers.
“The Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service provides carers with emotional and practical support they can access in person, over the phone, or via Skype or FaceTime. It’s a fantastic resource and I urge all carers to reach out and see what the service could help you with.”
Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Rescue and Community Safety, added: “Carers Week helps to raise awareness of carers; highlighting the challenges carers face and celebrate the contribution carers make to their families, loved ones and communities.
“We’d also like to take the opportunity in Carers Week to remind anyone within a caring capacity to test the smoke alarms of those you care for. It only takes 2 minutes to check a smoke alarm is working and can help provide an early warning of a fire at home.
“If you have any concerns about fire safety within the home of someone you care for, you can request a free Safe and Well check from WFRS who will arrange a visit and provide advice about how to stay safe at home. You can arrange a visit by calling 01926 466282.”
Carers are a socially and demographically diverse group, and as the demand for care is projected to grow, people are increasingly likely to become providers of care at some point in their lives. To find out more information about the county council’s offer for carers in Warwickshire, go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carers
Carers Trust Heart of England are holding the following public events in Warwickshire:
Carers information event on Tuesday 11 June, 11am to 1pm at The Rope Walk Shopping Centre, Chapel Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5TZ
If you support someone who is frail, old or has a disability then come along and speak to one of our Wellbeing Workers who can provide you with help and support in your caring role.
Coffee, Tea and Chat on Tuesday 11 June, 10am – 3pm, at Café Lomas Rigby Unit, Building 1, Stratford Hospital, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6NX
Come along and enjoy a little pampering and tea & cake with other carers and chat to one of our Wellbeing Workers about information on being a carer and how you may be able to get some support. (Reduction in car parking fees for this event)
Carers Wellbeing event (in conjunction with the Healthy Living Network) on Wednesday 12 June, 10am – 2pm at CAVA, Newtown centre, Newtown Road, Nuneaton, CV11 4HG
Free Lunch vouchers, hand massages, mini head massages, beauty therapist also our Wellbeing workers will be on hand for information and advice alongside the Healthy Living Network for Health and Wellbeing advice.
Carers Tea & Chat, Thursday 13 June, 2.30pm – 5pm at The Benn Partnership Centre, Railway Terrace, Rugby, CV21 3HR
Come along and join us for some relaxation in one of our FREE pilates sessions or an aromatherapy massage. One of our Wellbeing Workers will be on hand for some help and advice on being a carer or just join us for a chat!!
Carers Wellbeing Event on Friday 14 June, 10.30am -1pm at Anya Court 286 Dunchurch Rd, Rugby CV22 6JA
One of our Wellbeing workers will be on hand to offer Information and advice on your caring role plus free refreshments and free health consultations.
Carers Health & Wellbeing event on Thursday 20 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Castle Medical Centre, 22 Bertie Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1JP
Come along and join us in an open evening of information and advice for all carers everyone welcome to come along With one of Carers Trust carers service Wellbeing workers on hand to answer any of your questions on being a carer and what support may be available to you.