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Join our Celebrating Carers event

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Published: 22/03/2012


We are holding this event to recognise the invaluable roles carried out by an estimated 24,000 carers in South Gloucestershire. The day will provide carers with an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations, find out what support is available, get advice on balancing caring responsibilities with life outside caring, as well as celebrating the role of a carer and having some fun and trying new activities.

Anne Roberts, OBE, is the chief executive of Crossroads Care, and is the keynote speaker at the event. Crossroads is Britain’s leading provider of support for carers and the people they care for. They work with over 43,000 individuals and their families, helping carers make a life of their own outside of caring.

There will also be over 50 stands and displays focusing on the wide range of services and support available to family carers.

Many people who look after others don’t even consider themselves to be carers and so the day is hoping to reach out to the following people:

Adult carers – adults caring for people aged 18 and over

Parent carers – parents caring for a child or young person under the age of 18 who is disabled

Young carers – children or young people under the age of 18 who are caring for another child or young person or an adult.

Cllr Matthew Riddle, executive member for Community Care and Housing, said: “We recognise the huge contribution unpaid carers make to residents in South Gloucestershire and we are delighted to be working with partner organisations to put on this event to celebrate the valued role provided by carers. I would encourage people to come along and enjoy the day, have a break, get involved and enjoy some shared experiences.”

All carers are different and in South Gloucestershire we recognise that difference and have been working to offer an increasingly wide variety of opportunities for carers to access information and advice to help them in their specific circumstances, creating opportunities for carers to meet other carers and share their experiences, to socialise and to build support networks.

Our emergency carers card offers peace of mind that if something happens to the carer then support can quickly be put in place whilst for those carers who have an assessed need for support, personalised support can be arranged for them in their caring role.

According to the Department of Health, a carer is someone who spends a significant proportion of their life providing unpaid support to family and potentially friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has a mental health problems or substance misuse problems.

They come from all walks of life and nationally, it is expected that two million people will have first hand experience of being a carer at some point in our lives.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday 14 April at the University of the West of England Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol BS34 8QZ.

To book a free place call the council today on 01454 862356.


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