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Getting carers better connected to support

6th June 2019 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

To celebrate Carers Week 2019 (10th – 16th June), Leicestershire County Council is joining forces with partners to draw attention to how important caring is, and to get carers better connected to support available in their communities.

The theme for this year’s awareness campaign is around getting carers connected to advice and information as well as services for carers, support for friends and family,connecting with other carers and the use of assistive technology.

The county council will be hosting a drop-in event in the members’ lounge at County Hall, Glenfield LE3 8RA on Wednesday, 12th June (10am to 2pm).

Carers across the county are invited to come along and talk to the wide range of local organisations who will be there to offer advice and information on the support available.

There will be a “Looking after yourself” session from 11am to 12 noon in the council chamber, delivered by Sue Grogan from Joined up working. The session is designed to support people who balance caring for a family member, friend or neighbour with full or part-time work.

At the event, people will also be asked to share their thoughts and experiences of short breaks for carers and the support and benefits these breaks can provide.

Richard Blunt, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it is vital that we encourage people to self-identify as carers, as many don’t.

“We need to identify carers in our communities early to ensure they can access the right support and feel valued and respected.

“Carers Week is the ideal time for family, friends, employers, businesses, schools and health and care services to ensure carers get connected to the information and support they need.”

The Joint Carers Strategy 2018-2021, Recognising, Valuing and Supporting Carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, will be formally launched at this event.

Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Rutland County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have signed up to the strategy and are committed to working together to deliver a local vision for carers.

Paul Gibara, chief commissioning and performance officer at East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Being a carer can be very rewarding, but it can also be challenging juggling an unpaid caring role with work and life.

“It is important that carers are able to access the support they need so that they are able to fulfil their caring role while having a well-balanced quality of life.

“We will continue to work with our local partners to deliver our local vision and ensure our local carers are properly connected and supported.”

Stall holders at the event include:

1. Assistive Technology
2. Leicestershire County Council’s Communities and Carers Teams
3. Carers UK
4. The Carers Centre
5. Support for Carers (VASL)
7. Local Area Co-ordinators
8. Sure Care
9. Children and Family Wellbeing Service – Young Carers
10. Rutland County Council
11. POhWER

About Carers Week 2019

Carers Week will take place from 10th-16th June 2019 across the UK.

Carers Week, established by Carers UK 25 years ago, is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with hundreds of events planned for carers across the UK.

Website: www.carersweek.org
Twitter: @CarersWeek #carersweek
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarersWeek

What is a carer?

A carer provides ongoing support to a relative, friend or neighbour who, due to ill health, long term condition or disability cannot manage without their help. Carers can be any age or sex, from all backgrounds and communities

For some, taking on a caring role can be sudden: someone in your family has an accident or your child is born with a disability. For others, caring responsibilities can grow gradually over time: your parents can’t manage on their own any longer or your partner’s mental or physical health gradually worsens.

The amount and type of support that carers provide varies considerably. It can range from a few hours a week, such as picking up prescriptions and preparing meals, to providing emotional support or personal care day and night.

Caring will touch each and every one of us in our lifetime, whether we become a carer or need care ourselves. While caring can be a rewarding experience, it can also have a huge impact on a person’s health, finances and relationships.

Joint Carers Strategy 2018-2021

For further information on the Joint Carers Strategy 2018-2021 visit: https://resources.leicestershire.gov.uk/adult-social-care-and-health/our-approach/policies-and-strategies


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