HUNDREDS of Hartlepool carers are set to enjoy a host of events as part of a national drive to promote the selfless work they do for loved ones.
Carers Week – which launched today and runs until Sunday – aims to put the spotlight on those kind-hearted people that give up their time caring for others.
There are around 1,200 adult carers and over 90 young carers registered with Hartlepool Carers. But it is estimated that there are currently more than 10,000 people in town selflessly caring, which often affects their own health and wellbeing.
Numbers are increasing daily and a series of events have been organised this week to give carers some respite.
Nationally it is estimated that carers save the NHS £112bn a year.
Karen Gibson, manager of Hartlepool Carers, said: “We have 1,200 carers and 90 young carers registered, but the figure is far higher than that in Hartlepool.
“We provide a wide range of services, help and support to support individuals whether that be through benefits advice or helping out with some respite care or signposting to other more specialist services.
“Caring for somebody can be a really stressful time and caring might not be something people planned to do, but is thrust upon them.
“This week is about raising awareness, recognising their efforts and giving them some respite.
“A lot of people may think the support is not there for them but it is.”
Hartlepool Carers has recently won the three-year Hartlepool Borough Council contract to continue to provide the carer service for adults and children in town.
Hartlepool Carers Centre also runs a personal development and learning for carers qualification at its centre in Lowthian Road.
One of the main events for Carers Week will take place this Thursday at Avenue Tea Rooms and Function Suite, in Lauder Street.
The packed programme will include a warm welcome and information for carers from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, a stress and resilience workshop from 1.30pm to 3pm and a tea dance from 3pm to 5pm.
There will also be music and songs from talented young carers, guitarist David Dorrian and singer/songwriter Megan Falkingham between 5pm and 6pm.
Saltburn-based drumming group Ee By Drum will invite carers to join in the fun from 6pm to 7.30pm.
Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided and the event is free of charge.
Carers will also be able to enjoy complimentary therapy sessions while staff and carers from the centre will also be at the Sainsbury’s store, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, with collection buckets during the week.
Organisers have also arranged a trip to Beamish and Hartlepool MP Iain Wright will be holding a carers surgery on Friday, at 3pm, at the Hartlepool Carers Centre.
Spaces are limited, so booking is essential for the events.
For more information call Hartlepool Carers on (01429) 283095.