Invaluable role of carers is highlighted in special week

21 June 2013 in Health
The invaluable role carers play in our communities has been marked by a series of free events in Newham as part of National Carer’s Week.
Councillor Neil Wilson at a carers event in Central Park
A carer is anyone who provides unpaid support to a relative, partner, child or friend due to illness, disability, frailty, a mental health condition or substance misuse problems. Carers Week, which ran from June 10 to 16, recognised the contribution and achievements that Newham's carers make to our community.

This year’s theme, ‘Prepared to Care’, was about ensuring the right information and support is in place to prepare people for a caring role. Every day at least 6,000 people start caring in the UK. Becoming a carer can impact significantly on a person’s life – it takes time, energy, and can lead to isolation and debt.

A special event was held at Central Park, East Ham on Tuesday (11 June). Carers were able to enjoy tea and cake, meet other carers, share experiences and pick up some up-to-date information about support and services available.

Carers also took part in pampering and keep fit sessions, alternative therapies and fun activities on Friday 14 June at a Carers Fun Day at St Mark’s Community Centre, E6.

There were also activities to help carers understand the importance of taking care of themselves and enjoying their lives outside of their caring role, including health and well being workshops.

Executive Member for Equalities and Social Inclusion Cllr Neil Wilson said:

"Being a carer can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also feel isolating. Many carers give up work to care, or find it difficult to take up employment, leisure and training opportunities.

"Newham has welcomed Carers' Week. We want to show carers that there is life outside of caring and that their hard work is not going unrecognised.