Carers week takes place from Monday 10th June to Sunday 16th June, and this year celebrates 25 years of raising the profile of the vital work and contributions made by carers, whilst focusing on the significance of coming together and staying connected. According to studies by charity Carer UK, approximately 8 out of 10 carers have felt lonely or isolated as a result of supporting their loved ones.
Following their service expansion in April, the Sandwell Carers Service are dedicated to bringing a variety of learning disability, mental health and CAMHS carers across Sandwell together to relax, share their experiences and feel comfortable in discussing any mental health and financial challenges they might be facing. To celebrate and promote carer inclusivity, the service is hosting a garden party on Wednesday 12th June at their community base in Oldbury.
The service will open their doors from 11:30am to 2:30pm and a selection of refreshments and afternoon tea will be available for carers on an RSVP basis. Carers will have the opportunity to access information regarding educational sessions, local peer support groups and additional support to help recognise their needs.
Sandwell Carers Service Team Leader and host Linda Price says, “Carers are an integral part of the patients’ journey. Here at the carers service, we appreciate the role carers play every day, often at the detriment to their own health and wellbeing.
The service offers carers the opportunity to access training and learn ways of coping with a role they often never envisaged carrying out. We are in awe of the carers that we have met over the years; they constantly give without pay or thanks.”
For more information on the service, to RSVP or to access a referral form, please visit here.