Putting spotlight on crucial carers

Djembe drumming at the carers' barbecue at Hartlepool Maritime Experience
Djembe drumming at the carers' barbecue at Hartlepool Maritime Experience

THE vital role that carers play in the lives of hundreds of people in Hartlepool will be celebrated as part of a national event.

Hartlepool Carers is staging a string of activities to celebrate National Carers Week this week.

The UK-wide annual awareness campaign is being held from today to Sunday and has the theme of ‘In Sickness and in Health’.

It aims to recognise the work of six million unpaid carers nationwide for the contribution they make to those they care for and to their communities.

0rganisers are highlighting how having a caring role can impact on the health and wellbeing of many carers and how worried carers are about cuts to services from statutory agencies and the Government.

In recognition of the work done by hundreds of local carers, Hartlepool Carers will be hosting a series of events to give something back to those in our community whose lives are often anything but easy.

Events will include meditation and relaxation, Shiatsu massage, a family barbecue at the Historic Quay with the chance to play djembe drums, a performance by Echoes Drama Group, an information event with advice on possible funding available to support carers (Carers Resource Allocation System), healthy heart checks, and an opportunity for carers to talk about their experiences of health services.

A spokeswoman for Hartlepool Carers said: “So if you’re a carer and you’d like to know more about how we can support you, just give Hartlepool Carers a call and you’ll also get the chance to join us at some of the fantastic events we’ve got planned.”

Details of specific events have not been released and people can contact Hartlepool Carers on (01429) 283095 for more information.