As part of Carers Week, Liverpool Carers Centre organised an event in Williamson Square to support unpaid carers, supported by Liverpool City Council.
Those who attended the event had the opportunity to speak to many support organisations about the help that is available to them and the event was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Christine Banks.
The event took place in Williamson Square, where a marquee was set up to host the many organisations that attended to inform carers about the support they can offer. Those attending the event could benefit from free health checks, holistic therapies as well as a well-earned contribution to their 5 a day with a smoothie bike.
The event also saw many performances throughout the day, including, Sing Me Choir (pictured above), Local Solutions Tai Chi Group demonstrations, Zumba session, Bec Scouse Yoga demonstration and a performance from Singer/Songwriter Jason Allan.
Carers Week is an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness of the challenges that carers face and recognise their hard work and the benefits to their families and communities. This year’s carers week was focused on building communities that support the health and wellbeing of carers who often overlook their own wellbeing as they are focused on the person they care for.
6.5 million (1 in 8) people in the UK are carers providing support to a loved one because of their age, physical or mental illness or disability.
In Liverpool there are estimated to be over 50,000 carers. Liverpool Carers Centre, run by Local Solutions and commissioned by Liverpool City council, provides support to carers by delivering a range of services that aim to improve their quality of life. As well as undertaking carers assessments, Liverpool Carers Centre also offers a flexible support service that provides impartial advice, information and provides opportunities to improve wellbeing.
Cllr Paul Brant, Cabinet member for health, said: “Carers often put their own health and wellbeing second to that of their loved one, however we want to encourage carers and highlight the many organisations that can give information about the support available.”
The event was supported by Sherwin Insurance Services and Morgan Sindall.