Newham

Support for Newham's army of carers

31 May 2016 in Health
Newham’s army of unpaid carers will be able to find out about the support available to them during free events being staged across the borough as part of Carers Week.
More than 24,000 Newham residents are estimated to be providing unpaid care to family members, relatives or friends who need support due to their age, physical or mental illness, or disability. This could be by taking them to regular appointments, helping them with their washing, or simply keeping them company if they are anxious or feel lonely.

Throughout Carers Week, from 6 – 12 June 2016, Newham Council and NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be raising awareness of the support available to the boroughs carers. A range of events are being held where carers can get information and advice from social workers and other organisations including on how they can access the support available.

With the introduction of the Care Act 2014 some people may be eligible for more support. Following an assessment this could be practical help for carers including having someone else support them in their caring role so they can have a break, or for a direct payment so that they can spend money on things that make their caring role easier.

The week’s events will culminate in a special carers fun day on Saturday 11 June at the Resource Centre, Chargeable Lane, Plaistow between 11am and 6pm. Among the events on offer will be Zumba classes, balloon modelling, face painting, crafts and health checks. More information can be found at www.newham.gov.uk/carers

Councillor Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health said: “Thousands of people across the borough selflessly look after loved ones to ensure they get the help and support they need. These people deserve our respect and support.

“We need to ensure that these carers know there is help and support available to them as well as those they are caring for. By their very nature, carers focus on those they are looking after rather than themselves. However, they need to be aware of what would happen if they are not around or able to provide their valuable support to their relative or friend.

“This is why 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.”

Dr Prakash Chandra, a local GP and chair of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "We recognise that being a carer can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also feel isolating and make it harder to take time out to look after yourself. It’s important to remember that the best way to support the person that you’re caring for is to stay fit and healthy.

“The events taking place across Newham during Carers Week will help you to find out more about the kinds of support available. Your GP also can give you expert advice on how you can stay well and help to connect you to other useful carer support services and sources of information.”

The carers events across Newham will be held at:
  • Monday 6 June, 9am-noon - Custom House Surgery, Freemasons Road, Canning Town
  • Monday 6 June, 10am-4pm – Forest Gate Library, Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate
  • Monday 6 June, 2pm-5pm - Vicarage Lane Health Centre, Vicarage Lane, Stratford
  • Tuesday 7 June, 10am-4pm – East Ham Customer Service Centre and Library, Barking Road, East Ham
  • Tuesday 7 June, 10am-4pm – Queen’s Market, Green Street, Upton Park
  • Wednesday 8 June, 10am-2pm  - Newham University Hospital, Zone 6, Glen Road, Plaistow
  • Wednesday 8 June, 10am-4pm East Ham Market, High Street North, Pilgrims Way, East Ham
  • Thursday 9 June, 10am-4pm – Stratford Library, The Grove, Stratford
  • Thursday 9 June, 10am-4pm – Sainsbury Beckton, Claps Gate Lane, Beckton
  • Friday 10 June, 10.30am-12.30pm – North Woolwich Library, Pier Road, North Woolwich
  • Saturday 11 June, 11am-6pm – Carers Fun Day, Resource Centre, Chargeable Lane Plaistow
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.