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10 June 2022

Countywide events to celebrate National Carers’ Week 6 - 12 June 2022

Events are taking place up-and-down the county as part of National Carers’ Week (6-12 June), with quizzes, reminiscence sessions and coffee mornings just a selection of what’s on offer.

The events are being held by local carer organisations with support from Cumbria County Council to bring carers together to highlight and recognise their achievements and the huge contribution they make.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse issue, or who needs extra help as they get older.

It is estimated that at least 10% of the national population are carers - equivalent to nearly 7 million people in the UK- with research indicating that there are more than 97,000 unpaid carers in Cumbria.

This year, National Carer’s Week is also recognising the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on unpaid carers’ lives. Many carers have had to increase the amount of care that they provide, whilst others took on new caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

Cllr Patricia Bell, Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services said:

“It’s great to see so many different events taking place across the county to bring carers together as part of National Carers’ Week.

“The support people provide in their caring role is of vital importance to the health and care system and is often unsung.
 
“That's why coming together for Carers' Week is so important. It is a chance to make the role they play more visible and a chance to show our appreciation for everything they do.”

Details of local events around the county which are still available can be found below:

Carlisle Carers:

Wednesday 8 June - Carers General Knowledge Quiz (Online) 19:30-20:30, Young Carers Free Time (Carlisle Youth Zone) 17:30-20:00

Thursday 9 June - Carers Drop-in (Carlisle Library) 10:00 - 12:00, Parent Carer Coffee & Chat (Harraby Community Centre) 10:30-15:30, Sing Like No one is Listening Live concert (Online) 14:30-15:30

Friday 10 June - Happy & Glorious a Royal Reminiscence Session with Kath Reynolds (Online) 14:30-15:30, Carers Art Afternoon (Botcherby Community Centre) 13:00-16:00

To register for any activity please call 01228 542156 or email

admin@carlislecarers.org.uk

Furness Carers:

Wednesday 8th June - Carer Champion session for Health Professionals & other interested organisations (Online) 12:30-14:30, Information and advice session on all things Carer related with Furness Carers staff & the LSCFT HARRI Bus (Dane Garth/Furness General Hospital)

Thursday 9 June - Young Carers workshop run by Theatre Factory

Friday 10 June - FREE Health & Wellbeing Information Event (Hindpool Community Centre) 10:30-12:30

To register for any activity please email:

 admin@furnesscarers.co.uk

West Cumbria Carers:

Friday 10 June - Cuppa & Cake (Millom Baptist Church) 14:00-16:00

No need to book - these are drop-in events that are open to anyone.


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Events are taking place up-and-down the county as part of National Carers’ Week (6-12 June), with quizzes, reminiscence sessions and coffee mornings just a selection of what’s on offer.