Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign that aims to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. The theme this year is Prepared to Care? Every day at least 6,000 people start caring. Becoming a carer can impact significantly on a person’s life – it takes time, energy, can leave you isolated and can be costly.
That’s why the Trust’s Carers' Team play a huge part in the life of the carers of our patients. The team gives carers the chance to have their own physical, and mental health needs considered and gives support to people caring for someone aged 18-65. The support provided by the team comes in many forms, ranging from care assessments, to providing health screening and organising social events for carers to meet one another.
This year the team is celebrating national Carers Week by holding a fete to raise funds that will enable them to offer respite care for their carers.
Linda Price, Carers Team Manager said, It’s really important that we recognise the important work that carers undertake. A recent report by a coalition of charities has claimed that carers are being let down by a lack of support in their early days of becoming a carer, and are unprepared for exactly what caring for a vulnerable family member or friend can mean. We want to ensure our carers don’t fall into this category and hope that people will drop in to the fete and support us in raising funds that will enable us to provide a bit of ‘me time’ for carers.
The fete is being held at the team’s new base in Bristnall Hall Road, Oldbury, on Friday 21st June between 9.15am and 4.00pm. There will be lots of stalls offering bric-a-brac, toys , books, cakes and refreshments so do pop in for a bit you your own ‘me time’ and support the cause.