Take part in events in your area for National Carers Week

6 June 2016

Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour, providing free essential support to someone unable to do everything for themselves? If so, then you are a carer.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting National Carers Week 2016 – taking place from today (Monday 6 June) until Sunday 12 June - and is encouraging all hidden carers within the borough to get involved in a number of local events. 

There are around 37,000 carers living within west Cheshire and, together with partners including West Cheshire and Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Council is working to continue to support them and recognise the vital contribution they make.  

National Carers Week will raise awareness of carers and the important role they play and a variety of events have been organised across the borough to promote the range of support services available. 

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Paul Dolan, said: “Carers play a vital role within our society and it is one that often goes unrecognised. 

“Around 11 percent of our local population are unsung heroes. Of that 37,000 people, 65 percent provide between one and 20 hours care a week and startlingly 12 percent provide between 20 and 49 hours per week.

“The Council is committed to supporting carers and ensuring that they are aware of the support available to them. National Carers Week really gives us an opportunity to celebrate the incredible work that goes on quietly behind the scenes in homes across the borough.”  A special celebration event is taking place at The Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Chester this week, where local carers will be recognised for their role. During the event they will also share their views as part of the consultation on the National Carers Strategy, ensuring that local carers have the opportunity to feed back their priorities at a national and local level.

A number of road show events are also taking place at local venues to promote services available to carers:
  • Monday 6 - Friday 10 June, 9.30am – 12.30pm Information stand at Sainsbury’s in Ellesmere Port
  • Tuesday 7 June, 1.30pm - 4.30pm Information stand at Sainsbury’s Northwich
  • Wedsday 8 June, 6pm - 8pm Carers in Employment Event, Bluecoat School, Chester
  • Thursday 9 June, 11 – 1pm  Social trip to Seven Sisters ice cream farm
  • Friday 10 June, 11 – 1pm Brunch & pamper session at Northwich Carers Office
In 2015 the Council was chosen by the Department of Equalities to become one of nine local authorities providing support to carers to help them sustain or return to employment. As part of the pilot Cheshire West Carers in Employment project local employers across the borough are encouraged to provide carer friendly employment policies and the Council will also be holding a roadshow at Marks & Spencer Money Service in Chester on Thursday, 9 June, to promote local services available to staff who are carers. 

Council staff will also learn more about the support and services available at an event for Social Care staff at Wyvern House in Winsford on Friday, 10 June, where the Council’s guidance on how managers can support staff with their caring responsibilities and working role. 

The economic contribution made by carers in the UK is now £132 billion per year – a figure close to the annual cost of health spending in the UK. 

The support provided by carers is estimated to save the public purse £2.5 billion nationally per year, the equivalent of £720 million in Cheshire West and Chester.

If you or someone you know is a carer and would benefit from accessing support please call 01244 973332. The Council has a dedicated Carer Liaison Worker who sits alongside health and social care staff to ensure that carer issues are addressed as quickly as possible and carers are supported in their role by having access to the information, advice and support they need. 

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