Carers Week 8th-14th June 2020

8th to 14th June is a busy week! Not only is it Diabetes Week but it is also Carers Week 2020!  Throughout this week we will be posting messages to support help identify and support carers.

 

Friday 12th June

Carers Week 2020: List of Support and Information
Carers Week is about helping people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Here is a list of just some of the support available for carers:
- Crossroads Together on 01743 341995 or at www.crossroadstogether.org.uk
- Shropshire Choices at www.shropshirechoices.co.uk
- NHS Choices at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/
- Age UK at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/
- Young carers: please contact Crossroads Together on 01743 341995
- Macmillan Telephone Befriending Service for anyone living with cancer on 0808 808 00 00 8am-8pm 7 days a week or visit www.macmillan.org.uk
- Cinnamon Trust, the only specialist national charity for the elderly and terminally ill offering support with their pets – www.cinnamon.org.uk or 01736 757900.

And of course, our Care Coordinator Esther and our GPs can be contacted on 01584 872461.

Thursday 11th June

Carers Week 2020: Crossroads Together
Crossroads Together provide support for carers and people with care needs. The Carers Support Line – 01743 341995 – is open Monday to Friday 9-5 and is manned by a designated Carer Adviser who is available to speak with carers to answer queries and offer advice and support.

They provide support and a listening ear when carers are feeling overwhelmed or finding it hard to cope. They understand the isolation and stress that carers may be experiencing.

They can provide individually tailored advice and information, which includes assistance with applying for carer related benefits and blue badges. They can also signpost and refer to other relevant organisations.

Their website is www.crossroadstogether.org.uk

Wednesday 10th June

Carers Week 2020: Care Coordinator
Station Drive Surgery has a Care Coordinator called Esther Cox who can be contacted via reception through the week. Esther’s role within the practice is to help patients and carers maintain independent living and to help them to access additional help, advice and support. If you feel that you would benefit from support, advice or just a chat please feel welcome to contact Esther via the surgery reception team.

Tuesday 9th June: 

Carers Week 2020: Are YOU a Carer? 
When people need help with their day to day living they often turn to their family and friends. Looking after each other is something that we do. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse issue, or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Up and down the UK there are millions of people caring unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. These people are called carers but they would probably say that they are just being a husband or wife, a mum or dad, a son or daughter, a brother or sister, a friend or good neighbour.

This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding. So during Carers Week, we're coming together to help Make Caring Visible.

Monday 8th June

This week is Carers Week - an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face, and to recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need.

We will be posting information for carers here & on our facebook page throughout the week.

 

Published: Jun 8, 2020