EVENTS will be taking place across Dorset this week to keep unpaid carers connected with their communities, as part of National Carers Week.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make. It also helps people to identify themselves as carers and access much-needed support.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK.
The theme for 2019 is ‘Getting Carers Connected in their communities’.
Dorset Council is encouraging and promoting carers activities and events across the county. To support local activities, the council has awarded more than £1,500 in small grants to community organisations.
Councillor Laura Miller, Cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “We’re delighted that over 30 events are planned across Dorset for next week. We’d encourage all carers to find out what’s happening near them and try to make some time for themselves to get along if they can.
“We have around 40,000 unpaid carers in Dorset who often give up their own social lives and neglect their own health and wellbeing because they are simply too busy looking after the needs of a loved one, friend or neighbour.
“It’s really important that carers recognise when they need support and ask for help as soon as possible to prevent potential problems for themselves or the person they look after.”
Events include information days, coffee mornings, fun days, pampering treatments, a picnic, day trips and more.
To find out what’s happening near you visit the website dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/carersweek or call the Adult Access Team on 01305 221016.