Carers Week 2013

Local Solutions supports Carers Week

To celebrate Carers Week, which runs from 10 to 16 June, Local Solutions, is once again running the popular information event at the prestigious St. George’s Hall.

The event is being held on Friday 14 June between 10.30 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar, will officially open the event at 10.30 a.m. The event will offer carers a chance to access support and information from a whole host of agencies exhibiting on the day. These include charities and community organisations, health and social care organisations, statutory agencies, police and fire service, housing providers, lawyers and financial inclusion agencies.

Carers Week highlights the vital contribution made by carers to their families and communities in providing unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled. Prepared to Care? – the 2013 Carers Week campaign –will focus on how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively Government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.

Steve Hawkins, Chief Executive from Local Solutions said: “Caring can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also be very demanding. This annual event highlights and celebrates the valuable contribution made by unpaid carers and provides an opportunity for carers to access support to help them in their role.

This year’s Carers Week is supported by many famous celebrities with caring experience, including actress, Lynda Bellingham:

Lynda Bellingham, said: “Carers Week is a fantastic opportunity for the UK to come together to recognise the outstanding contribution that carers across the country make on a day to day basis. My sister and I cared for our mother when she had Alzheimer’s and so I know first-hand the impact that caring can have on someone’s life. That’s why I’m supporting Carers Week because I believe it’s vital that help is made available, especially when you consider that every day 6,000 new people will take on a caring role for a loved one. Carers in this country do a fantastic job and we must come together to support them.”

For more information about the events and activities taking place as part of Carers Week, visit www.carersweek.org

Carers Week is delivered by a partnership of national charities – Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK and supported by the Stroke Association and Bupa’s Carewell. In 2013 it is sponsored by Sainsbury’s Plc and the sector skills council in England Skills for Care.

 

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