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Carers Week 6 – 12 June 2016

Carers Week celebrates and highlights the invaluable work that carers do on a day to day basis. This year’s theme of the national campaign is ‘building carer friendly communities’.

We want all carers to be recognised and valued as being fundamental to strong families and stable communities, and respected as expert partners in care.

During the week we are encouraging local carers to:

  • get the help they need to carry on caring and look after their own wellbeing
  • have their say on shaping the future for carers in South Gloucestershire
  • find out more about the wide range of events and carer groups running in your area

Recognising you are a carer is the first step to getting the right support

Carers, sometimes called family carers, are relatives, friends or neighbours who look after someone who cannot manage at home without them. Anyone can become a carer. Carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation – looking after their mother, son or best friend, and just getting on with it.

All carers will have the right to ask for a carer’s assessment which will look at the different ways that caring affects your life and work out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family.

If the person you are caring for lives in South Gloucestershire, visit www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk, call the Carers Support Centre Carers Line on 0117 965 2200 or go to www.southglos.gov.uk/carers

Have your say on ‘Understanding and supporting the needs of carers: The Carers Strategy’

Help shape the future direction of support for older people and carers of all ages in South Gloucestershire. Until Monday 22 August 2016, South Gloucestershire Council and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people in South Gloucestershire to have their say on three important draft local strategies that will set out how the local health and care system can better support people at times of greatest need. To request a paper copy call us on 01454 868408 or email consultation@southglos.gov.uk

You can also have your say at the following  consultation events:

  • Tuesday 21 June 1:30-3:30 at Baileys Court Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke (for the voluntary sector)
  • Friday 24 June 9:30-11:30 at The Batch, Cadbury Heath (for individuals, carers and employees of organisations working with people with dementia)
  • Wednesday 29 June 1:30-3:30 at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway (for individuals, carers and employees of organisations working with people with dementia).

There are a wide range of support groups and events for carers across South Gloucestershire

Carers Week events:

Bristol Avon Chinese Womens’ Group – cookery lesson

Time 4 Carers – cream tea

Thornbury Carers – picnic lunch

SG Mental Health Carers Group – Walk and Talks

SGC – Promoting Positive Mental Health training session

Carers open meeting

For more events please visit: www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk/news/carers-week/

Watch our short film about the South Gloucestershire Carers Choir:

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