To celebrate Carers Week 2019 (10th – 16th June), Leicestershire County Council is joining forces with partners to draw attention to how important caring is, and to get carers better connected to support available in their communities.
The theme for this year's awareness campaign is around getting carers connected to advice and information as well as services for carers, support for friends and family,connecting with other carers and the use of assistive technology.
The county council will be hosting a drop-in event in the members' lounge at County Hall, Glenfield LE3 8RA on Wednesday, 12th June (10am to 2pm).
Carers across the county are invited to come along and talk to the wide range of local organisations who will be there to offer advice and information on the support available.
There will be a “Looking after yourself” session from 11am to 12 noon in the council chamber, delivered by Sue Grogan from Joined up working. The session is designed to support people who balance caring for a family member, friend or neighbour with full or part-time work.
At the event, people will also be asked to share their thoughts and experiences of short breaks for carers and the support and benefits these breaks can provide.
Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it is vital that we encourage people to self-identify as carers, as many don’t.
"We need to identify carers in our communities early to ensure they can access the right support and feel valued and respected.
"Carers Week is the ideal time for family, friends, employers, businesses, schools and health and care services to ensure carers get connected to the information and support they needPerson:Richard Blunt, cabinet member for adult social care
The Joint Carers Strategy 2018-2021, Recognising, Valuing and Supporting Carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, will be formally launched at this event.
Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Rutland County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have signed up to the strategy and are committed to working together to deliver a local vision for carers.
Paul Gibara, chief commissioning and performance officer at East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Being a carer can be very rewarding, but it can also be challenging juggling an unpaid caring role with work and life.
"It is important that carers are able to access the support they need so that they are able to fulfil their caring role while having a well-balanced quality of life.
"We will continue to work with our local partners to deliver our local vision and ensure our local carers are properly connected and supported.”