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Carers week 2013

The London Borough of Lewisham Carers Event – Caring for Carers
Wednesday 12th June 2013, 10:00am-3:00pm

People caring for a friend or relative can sometimes feel invisible and unrecognised by society.  Carers often provide many hours of unpaid care and support and whilst every carer’s role is different, many are unaware of the support available to them, believing it is their duty to care for their loved ones.

Every day at least 6,000 people take on a caring role to look after or provide help and support to family members, friends, neighbours or others, due to long-term physical or mental ill-health, disability, or problems related to old age. 

Carers Week is a UK wide annual awareness raising campaign, aimed at improving the lives of carers and the people for whom they care, by celebrating and recognising the contribution carers make, highlighting the challenges of caring, helping people to identify themselves as carers and access the support, advice and information they need.

To mark this years’ Carers Week, which runs from Monday10th June to Sunday 16th June 2013, the London Borough of Lewisham will be holding its annual Carers Day Event at the Civic Suite in Catford. The event will take place on Wednesday 12th June 2013, 10:00am - 3:00pm.
The Carers UK theme for this year is ‘Prepared to Care?’ and the 2013 national campaign will focus on how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively Government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.

There are over 22,500 carers in Lewisham and our Carers Event will provide an opportunity for carers to find out about services and support available in the borough that can provide practical and emotional support to care safely and help them look after their own health and wellbeing.  As well as access to information and advice, carers will have the opportunity to relax, meet other carers and sample a range of activities and holistic treatments.

For further information contact Pauline Grant, Carers Strategic Development Officer on 020 8314 9913 or visit the Lewisham Council website