Carers Week 2018 is here – do you know how to find support?

Today, Monday 11 June, marks the first day of Carers Week 2018, 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 approximately 11% of Warwickshire’s adult population providing some sort of unpaid care every week, and the value of this contribution estimated to be between £575 million and £1.24bn per year, 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.

Warwickshire County Council, in partnership with Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service, will promote Carers Week locally, with themed news and activities taking place throughout the week. Please go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carersweek for a schedule of local events.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, 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.”

Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service was established last year to provide 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.”

As well as raising awareness of support to carers, the council is also asking professionals to think about any action they can take to support carers or help people recognise that they are carers and seek support. Carer pledges will be collected at the carer events and from health, education and voluntary sector partners. People can also make pledges online at https://www.carersweek.org/get-involved/pledge-support

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