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Invaluable role of carers is highlighted in special week

28 June 2012 in Health and Sport and leisure
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.
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 18 to 24th, recognised the contribution and achievements that Newham's carers make to our community. It was also a chance to reach out to hidden carers and raise awareness about the support available to them.

Carers took part in fun, healthy living activities including massage sessions and Zumba classes on Monday 18 June at Winsor Park Community Centre, Beckton.

A special event was held at Central Park, East Ham on Thursday (21 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.

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.

Newham Council's Executive Member for Safeguarding, Corporate Parenting and Adults Services Councillor Riaz Mirza 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."