News: Host Of Events To Mark Carers' Week
Tuesday, 15th June 2004
A WHOLE host of events are taking place across Lancashire over the next few days to mark national Carers' Week, which runs from June 14th to 20th, to support the UK's 6 million carers.
There are currently around 125,000 unpaid carers across the county (10.9% of the population) who look after a partner, relative or friend, who is ill or disabled; Carers can come from all sections of the community and from various backgrounds.
There are also 1,200 young carers in Lancashire who help look after their parents, siblings or older relatives who may have a physical or learning disability, a mental health problem or maybe struggling to cope with drug misuse or the trauma of domestic violence.
This means spending most of their free time food shopping, cooking, cleaning and caring for the family, including administering prescriptions, and often missing out on things that other children take for granted like playing with friends, watching TV or taking part in school activities.
Simon Unsworth, Carers Strategy Officer at Lancashire Social Services, said:
"Unpaid carers provide an invaluable service to the community caring for relatives, friends, partners and children, who are frail, disabled or chronically ill. Carers Week is an opportunity to publicly recognise the committed work they do, and more importantly reach to all carers to publicise the range of help and support available, whatever their situation."
A number of information days and celebration events have been organised across the county by Lancashire Social Services and local carers voluntary organisations to recognise the rewarding but often difficult role of unpaid carers. Many of the events will provide carers with the opportunity to take a break.
Posters and information for carers will also be displayed in GP's surgeries and health centres across the area.
If you are a carer and would like more information about the support available, or would like to attend one of the events, contact Lancashire Social Services on 01772 532371.
Notes for Editors
- Lancashire Social Services works in partnership with other agencies and the voluntary sector in providing a range of services to support carers.
- Carers Week is an annual event organised jointly by Carers UK, Crossroads Caring for Carers, The MS Society and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
- For more information about Carers Week events visit www.carersweek.org
For further information please contact: Andrew Lynn on 01772 534372