This year, National Carers Week is taking place from June 8 to 14. This annual campaign highlights the challenges the 6.1 million carers in the UK face and the contribution they make to families and communities.
This year the campaign focuses on building ‘Carer Friendly Communities’ which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.
There’s a lot of help and support available to carers including carers breaks, specialist training, and advice. During Carers Week staff from a range of organisations will be out and about letting carers know what support they can access. Carers Count will be publishing what’s happening on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Carers-Count/274535789350172 .
Carers Count is a service for any adult in Kirklees who gives, or has given, time and energy, without being paid, to look after an adult family member or friend who cannot manage on their own.
Maureen Connor, Carers Count’s Service Manager said “At Carers Count we recognise that being a carer can impact on people’s day to day life emotionally, financially and physically. It can be both rewarding and isolating, can result in carers being unable to work the health of carers can suffer as a result. Carers Count has been set up to promote the wellbeing of carers so they can continue in their caring role and have a life of their own.”
Dr Steve Ollerton, Clinical Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group said “Three in five people will be a carer in their lifetime yet people are rarely prepared for the huge impact that caring responsibilities can have on their lives, with three out of four carers saying they were not prepared for caring.
“Caring can be a fulfilling and positive experience, but caring without enough support can also have a negative effect on someone’s health, career, relationships and ability to live a life of their own outside their caring role.
“As a CCG we are showing our commitment to carers by supporting member practices to implement our Carers’ Scheme to promote all our practices as ‘Carer Friendly’ which includes; identifying a carers’ champion, collating a register of carers by supporting practice staff to identify carers and promoting carers to self-refer onto the scheme, inviting all recognised carers for health checks and flu jabs, supporting practices to involve carers in future developments and signposting local carer support and assessment services. We have also developed a resource pack which will help GP practices to identify carers, as well as practice information to display.”
For more information about the GP practice scheme please contact Vicky Dutchburn, Head of Strategic Planning & Service Transformation on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01484 464091.
Kath Greaves, Governing Body member of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group and practice nurse in North Kirklees said: “As a Clinical Commissioning Group we wholeheartedly support this crucial campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make.”
We’re showing our commitment to carers by supporting member practices to signpost to local carer support services. We are also developing a quick tip guide in partnership with NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG which will help GP practices to identify carers, as well as a carers pack for GP practices to hand out. We plan to invite local care support services to our bi-monthly educational events for GP’s and practice staff.”
Cllr Viv Kendrick, Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Prevention, Early Intervention and Vulnerable adults said: “Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. They give so much to society yet, often as a consequence of caring, they can experience ill health, poverty and discrimination.
“Carers Week is an important, annual awareness campaign that raises the profile of carers and the role of caring. It is said that by 2037, there will be 9 million carers in the UK. Many people will care for someone multiple times in their lives, but often do not think of themselves as a carer – they feel they are just a husband or wife, son or daughter, parent or friend, doing what needs to be done. Kirklees Council has been celebrating Carers Week since 1995, hosting activities and events across the region, to help people to identify themselves as a carer, and to help draw attention to just how important caring is.”