Reading Celebrates the Contributions of Carers

THE contribution of carers in Reading is to be recognised with an event to mark Carers Week on Wednesday 14 June.

The event, which runs from 11 am to 2 pm, is an opportunity to recognise the enormous contribution of over 12,000 people in Reading alone who provide unpaid care to loved-ones who would not be able to manage without them.

The day of activities at the Civic Offices will include a number of informative talks, topic groups, blood pressure checks from the Stroke Association, pampering sessions, dance and relaxation and much more. Refreshments will also be provided courtesy of Novotel.

There is also an Open Support Group at the Traveller’s Rest in Caversham on Monday 12 June (from 7 to 8.30 pm).

Councillor Graeme Hoskin, Lead Councillor for Health, said:

“Unpaid, or family carers, are the unsung heroes of our society. They devote so much of their time while juggling their own commitments to enabling those, often with incredible complex needs, to live their lives to the fullest, with little recognition for their work.”

“However, carers have their own needs and need their own support. Many don’t know how or where to get help when they need it, and this is an opportunity to reach out to these carers to offer vital support to enable them to ensure their own needs are met.”

In the UK there are 6.5million people providing unpaid care for a family member of friend, and everyday 6,000 more become carers. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges faced by carers, and recognise their contribution to society. The focus of this year’s Carers Week is Building Carer Friendly Communities, with the aim to develop communities that support carers to help them in looking after their loved ones as well as recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

More information about the event and how to get involved is available at: http://www.carersweek.org/get-involved/events-near-you/item/480672-carers-week  or by contacting the Reading and West Berkshire carers hub on 0118 324 733 or ask@berkshirecarershub.org.

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Notes to Editors

The event has been organised by Reading Borough Council along with partners at the Reading and Berkshire West Carers Hub, South Reading NHS CCG and North and West Reading NHS CCG.

Carer’s Week 2017 is supported by Age UK, Carers UK, Carerstrust, Independent Age, MS Society, MacMillan, MNDA, Which? Elderly Care, Nutricia, and The Lockwood Charitable Foundation.