SUPPORTING LOCAL CARERS, CHANGING LIVES ACROSS LONDON
- 12-18 June is Carer’s Week 2017, raising awareness to support unpaid carers
- Carers Network now supports carers in the City of London – hosting its first event for City Carers on 14 June
- Carers Network will run a series of events across Carers Week for its 4,500 unpaid carers in Westminster, City of London, and Hammersmith & Fulham
Recent national media coverage around the general election party manifestos has highlighted the role played by those who provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member, friend or neighbour. These unpaid carers save the state £132 billion a year – close to the cost of a second NHS (Carers UK).
Carers Network is a local independent charity supporting over 4,500 unpaid carers in central London. It is organising a programme of events and activities for the unpaid carers it supports during Carers Week. This national awareness week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who are currently unpaid carers.
The theme for this year’s Carers Week (12 June – 18 June) is building communities that support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.
As part of the programme for the week, there will be Health & Information Days open to all local unpaid carers where Adult Social Care, the NHS and other local organisations will be hosting stalls with lots of useful information and advice. Here, carers will be able to meet fellow carers, browse the information stalls, have free hand massages, talk to health trainers and enjoy a light lunch.
Health & Information Day for Hammersmith & Fulham carers: White City Community, India Way, London, W12 7QT, Tues 13 June, 11am – 3pm.
Health & Information Day for Westminster carers: The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, London, W2 5ES, Thurs 15 June, 11am – 3pm.
During the week, Carers Network has also organised a river cruise for carers along with informative tours of Westminster Abbey and The House of Parliament. Carers will also be able to go on an arts-based workshop at the Queen’s Gallery where they can engage with and experience the Canaletto & the Art of Venice exhibition and enjoy a landscape inspired session where they can create their own artwork.
Carers Network now supports unpaid carers in the City of London, and on Weds 14 June will be hosting a stall and talk for City Carers at the Barbican Library, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
This will be an opportunity for City carers who haven’t been involved with Carers Network this year to come and find out what help and support is available. The stall will be from 11am – 2pm opposite the Enquiry Desk. There will be talks from 12.30pm – 1.30pm in the Arts Library.
To refer yourself to Carers Network please call 020 8960 3033 / email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a referral form online here: http://carers-network.org.uk/contact-us/make-a-referral/
About Carers Network
Carers Network is an independent UK-based registered charity operating in three London boroughs. It currently receives funding to deliver carer services from Westminster City Council, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of London. It also runs specific projects funded by the City Bridge Trust, Awards for All (Big Lottery Fund) and Lloyds Bank Foundation.