Carers in Plymouth are being encouraged to find out about local support available to them as we mark National Carers Week (10 – 16 June 2019).
The annual campaign is led by the charity Carers UK and supported by local carers’ organisations to raise awareness of caring, highlight challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. The theme this year is ‘help carers get connected’.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers and there are an estimated 30,000 carers in Plymouth. They will be looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition or who needs extra help as they grow older.
Support for Carers comes from Caring for Carers (part of Improving Lives Plymouth), which is commissioned by Plymouth City Council’s Strategic Cooperative Commissioning Team. The Council also chairs and coordinates the city’s Carers Strategic Partnership Board and the delivery of Carers Action Plan. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is also putting on a series of events for carers throughout the week.
Anna Coles, Director of Integrated Commissioning for Plymouth City Council, said: “All this week carers are able to find a wealth of information and advice, support groups, access to leisure and social activities, training and workshops, information on carers’ breaks and welfare benefits.
“Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring. Its impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated, so it is really important people know what information and support is out there.”
Find out more about the support available to carers in Plymouth here
Find out about national resources for carers here
You can also register as a carer online here