Carers Week (10-16 June 2019)
10 June 2019
In Wirral, there are over 40,000 people who are providing care to someone close to them, a family member, relative or friend. The majority of people providing care probably wouldn’t think of themselves as a Carer, although that is what they are and many of those providing care are possibly not aware of where to go for advice and information, know whether they are claiming the right benefits or know what other support is available to them.
Carers Week (10th – 16th June) provides the opportunity to raise awareness of the important role that Carers play to support others health and social care needs, recognise that Carers will have their own needs and issues, and help to identify Carers that are not already known to support services.
Caring for someone else can be very rewarding but it can also be stressful, isolating and can impact on the Carers own health and wellbeing. Carers will often neglect their own health and care needs and ‘soldier on’ and can result in the Carer having to stop caring because of ill-health and the cared for going into long term care.
In many situations, a Carer is so busy looking after the person they care for; with many people also juggling caring and work, that they don’t have time to seek out information that could help them to care.
The theme for Carers Week 2019 is ‘Getting Carers Connected in their Community’.
The Mayor will launch the start of Carers Week 2019 on Monday 10th June in the Pyramids Shopping Centre, Birkenhead, 10am–3pm.
There will be a range of organisations available to discuss support they can offer Carers and the person they care for. The Wired Carer Connectors will be available to offer individuals information and advice on particular issues, help people with caring responsibilities to connect with other Carers or community support and can support them to access an online Carers Assessment.
For more information please contact the Carers Helpline 0151 670 0777, or Carol Jones on 0151 666 5200.