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Celebrating carers during Carers Week

by Cathy Sheel

Knowsley Council is supporting National Carers Week (6-12 June) and helping to celebrate the contribution carers make to families and communities.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and 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.

The theme of this year’s Carers Week is making caring Visible, Valued and Supported. The campaign highlights that unpaid carers, and the challenges of caring, should be recognised in all areas of life, caring should be valued and respected by everyone in our society, and carers should have access to the information and support they need, where and when they need it.

Get involved with the Carers Strategy refresh

Knowsley’s All Age Carers Strategy 2020 – 25 aims to ensure all carers are recognised and valued and that they receive supportive services, enabling them to have a quality of life similar to those without caring responsibilities. Read more here.

The council and partners are currently refreshing the strategy and asking carers across the borough to share their views about the support and services currently available to carers by taking part in a survey. Complete the survey

Residents have also been invited to local meetings to help shape the future of the strategy. The meetings are being held on:

  • Tuesday 21 June, 6.15- 7.30pm Carers Engagement Event on Zoom
  • Thursday 23 June 10.30 am -2.30 pm Carers Engagement Event at The Old Schoolhouse, Huyton.

To book a place at either of these events contact either Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412, email enquiries@knowsleycarers.co.uk or Healthwatch on 0151 449 3954, email Jen.Casey@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

Knowsley Carers Centre offers a range of services to support unpaid carers who live in Knowsley or care for a Knowsley resident.

These include information and advice, benefits advice, carers ID and emergency cards, training activities, social groups, breaks, and counselling. Find out more on the Knowsley Carers website. Read their latest newsletter.

The Council also provides support to carers to manage their caring roles through providing information and advice, assessing carers needs and providing support to meet those needs in a variety of ways. This includes arranging regular breaks from their caring roles and supporting activities to enable carers to have a life outside of caring. For a discussion on how you can be supported contact the team on 0151 443 2600.

Hospital trusts across the Merseyside and Cheshire region have worked together with carers and carer organisations to develop a Carer Passport for use when a person is admitted to hospital for an inpatient stay. The passport provides information to managers and key healthcare professionals and details a partnership agreement in supporting the care of the patient during their stay in hospital.

Join the Carers’ Cuppathon

Carers are invited to join Carers UK’s ‘Care for a Cuppathon’ online event on Saturday, 11 June, between 11am and 4pm. Carers can expect a day of free music, creative arts and special guests, as well as a chance to chat with other carers and share experiences. You can drop in as much or as little as you like, but places must be booked in advance. Find out more and book a place here.