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Supporting Carers Week

by Laura Johnston

Carers do a fantastic job, looking after their loved ones and friends, and that’s why the council is supporting National Carers Week and helping to celebrate the great work they do.

Carers Week takes place from 11-17 June 2018 and aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

A carer is a person who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who couldn’t manage to live independently or whose health or well-being would deteriorate without this help. Often people do not recognise themselves as carers – they are just family members, friends or neighbours who find themselves in a caring situation, sometimes suddenly, sometimes gradually, and simply get on with what needs to be done. A carer may not always live with the person they care for, but their help may be essential in enabling that person to go on living independently.

In Knowsley, there is a wealth of information and support for carers on the Livewell Directory.  From benefits advice, carer’s assessments and information about direct payments and personal budgets through to carer support groups, short breaks and support for young carers, you’ll find it all on the Livewell Directory.

During Carers Week, a Helping Carers to be Healthy and Connected event has been arranged by the Knowsley Carers Centre.  This will take place on Monday, 11 June from 10.30am until 3.30pm at Kirkby Leisure Centre.  The event will include demonstrations, holistic therapies and information stalls – book your place by contacting Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, commented “Carers play a vital role in our communities, helping to provide the very best quality of care for the person they are caring for. Many are also juggling their caring role with education, training or employment, so I understand that it can also be demanding. That’s why it’s important to celebrate Carers Week and let carers know they aren’t alone.  Many don’t see themselves as being a carer, simply doing what they can to support someone else, but there is a wealth of support available by visiting the Live Well Directory at http://www.thelivewelldirectory.com/.”