Salute to unsung heroes in Carers Week
Carers Week, held on 11-17 June, is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Carers don’t choose to become carers. Many feel they are just doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after a relative 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.
Many carers don’t even see themselves as carers. They 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 Bishopston, Cotham and Redland areas and across Bristol. These include information and advice, carers’ groups, training, breaks for carers, 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 and 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 on 0117 965 2200, email email@example.com or see the website www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk