Newham

Highlighting support available for Newham's army of carers

24 May 2017 in Health
The wide range of support available for the estimated 24,000 unpaid carers across the borough is being highlighted as part of Carers Week between Monday 12 June to Sunday 18 June.
During the week, Newham Carers Network - a Newham Council funded charity who provide a wide range of information, advice and support services to carers across the borough – will raise awareness of the help available to those looking after friends or family members who need assistance due to their age, physical or mental illness, or disability.

It is believed that more than 24,000 Newham residents provide unpaid care to family members, relatives or friends. This could be by taking them to regular appointments, helping them with their washing, or simply keeping them company if they are anxious or lonely.

Carers Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

During the week there will be a host of events where carers can get information and advice from social workers and other organisations.

Under the Care Act 2014 following an assessment some people may be eligible for support. This could be practical help such as having someone else support them in their caring role so they can have a break, or for financial assistance so that they can spend money on things that make their caring role easier.
The carers events across Newham during Carers Week are:
  • Monday 12 June and 10am – 4pm; Carers information session, Shrewsbury Road Surgery, Shrewsbury Road, Forest Gate  Members of the Newham Carers Network and Carers Champions, who help work with the council to deliver improvements for carers in the borough, will be present 
  • Monday 12 June, 10am – 4pm; Carers information session, Newham University Hospital - outside outpatients area, Glen Road, Plaistow. Members of the Newham Carers Network and Carers Champions will be present 
  • Tuesday 13 June, 10am – 4pm; Carers information session, Newham University Hospital - outside outpatients area, Glen Road, Plaistow. Members of the Newham Carers Network and Carers Champions will be present 
  • Tuesday 13 June, 11am-2.30pm; Carers planning for the future with pampering and relaxation - SubCo Trust, Plashet Road, Upton Park. People will be able to relax and receive a massage and manicure, health check and refreshments as well as get information on issues including welfare rights. Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. To book, call 020 8548 0070.
  • Wednesday 14 June, 10am-4pm; Carers information session, Shrewsbury Road Surgery, Shrewsbury Road, Forest Gate Newham Carers Network and Carers Champions will be present 
  • Wednesday 14 June, 10am-3pm; Carers pampering session Newham Carers Network, Manor Park. Relax and receive a massage and manicure or henna. Free refreshments provided. Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. To book, call 020 8519 0800 by Wednesday 7 June.
  • Thursday 15 June, 9.30am – 1pm; Caring for carers, St Mark’s Community Centre, Tollgate Road, Beckton. A wellbeing event for carers featuring professionals talking about health and nutrition, anxiety and stress management, plus a carer sharing their own experience. Health checks, advice and tips on all things health and wellbeing related will also be provided. Lunch and refreshments will be available
More information can be found at www.newham.gov.uk/carersweek

Councillor Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health, said: “We have thousands of people across Newham who selflessly give up their time to support and care for their loved ones. 

“These people play a crucial role in our communities and deserve our upmost respect. It is vital that while they are looking after others we ensure they are also provided with the help and support they need.

“Carers Week provides a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the support available to carers all year round. I would urge anyone who thinks they may be an unpaid carer to come to one of the events or contact the council, via the website or by phone to see how we can help them.”

Carers who are not able to attend one of the events but want to find out more about the support they could be entitled to should either visit www.newham.gov.uk/carers or call 020 8430 2000 and select option 2

For more information on Newham Carers Network see www.newhamcarers.org.uk​