Planning is underway in Tameside for Carers Week, which runs from 8 to 15 June. Carers Week is an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges carers face, helping to secure recognition for the contribution they make to families and communities.
There are an estimated 24,000 Carers in Tameside, an increase on figures from previous years, but only around 4,000 are known to Tameside Carers Centre. Those who aren’t known could be missing out on help, advice and support to which they are entitled.
Some of the activities during carers week
Monday 8 June, 10am – 2pm: launch event at Ashton’s Village Hotel, led by Carers Action Group Tameside, with information and fun activities
Tuesday 9 June to Friday 12 June: a carers information stand at Sainsbury’s in Ashton
Friday 12 June, 10am – 12pm: welcome event for carers at the Carers Centre at its new location in Hyde Town Hall
Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Wellbeing, said: “The aim of Carers Week is to ensure carers are made aware of their rights. And we want to let people know that we are continuing to support carers in Tameside, especially through our Carer’s Centre at its new location in Hyde Town Hall.
Charles Walker, Chair of the Carers Action Group Tameside, said: “My task of caring was made easier by the help and information I received in my caring role from Tameside Carers Centre. Even though my caring role ended with the death of my wife there is always a friendly welcome when I go into the Carers Centre.”
The very nature of caring means that very often people don’t at first, or sometimes ever, identify themselves as carers, but instead think of themselves as simply a family member helping a loved one.
“Without the right help and support caring can quickly have a dramatic impact on carers. Their physical and emotional health can suffer and they can sometimes find their finances being hit hard. Carers are entitled to a free assessment of their needs by law. Tameside Carers Centre can carry out this assessment and will provide all he help and support that’s available.”