Carers Week 10 – 16 June

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and to highlight the challenges carers face. Its aims are to get carers connected to their local community and recognise the contribution they make to those communities and families throughout the UK.

Carers don’t choose to become carers; many carers don’t even see themselves as carers. Many feel they are just doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their husband or wife, child, parent or friend and just getting on with it. But taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression.

They often don’t ask for help and they are completely hidden from support services. The majority struggle alone and do not know that help is available to them.

Carers Support Centre works locally to provide a range of services to carers of any age living in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas. These include information and advice, employment support, carers’ groups, training, breaks for carers, counselling and the Carers Emergency Card.

Keith Sinclair, Chief Executive, said: “Most carers first contact us through CarersLine and, when they do, they are often near breaking point. Our support workers guide them through the range of services available to make sure they are getting the best support.

“Our message to someone who is caring for a relative or friend is: don’t wait for a crisis. Find out what support is available now.”

Every carer has a right to a Carer’s Assessment. The assessment helps a carer think about how caring affects their life and what adjustments can be made to help them continue to do things that are important to them.

The carer’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is at the heart of this assessment. The person being cared for doesn’t need to be getting support themselves from the council.

If you or someone you know is a carer in need of help, contact CarersLine:

0117 965 2200

carersline@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk

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