West Sussex County Council holds a special event for all West Sussex carers at the Assembly Rooms in Chichester on Thursday June 12th as part of Carers Week 2014.
The open invitation to the county’s carers offers the opportunity for them to meet others in the same situation and share their experiences. There will be the chance to talk to short break providers, who can provide valuable respite for carers and those that they care for.
Members of the Sussex Community NHS Trust’s carers health team will be on hand to speak to carers about the support they can offer. Led by a team of clinicians, they visit carers in their own home to check their general state of health and wellbeing.
Speaking at the event is Dame Philippa Russell DBE, Patron of Carers Support West Sussex. A long-time champion of carers, Dame Philippa has many years’ experience working with voluntary and charitable organisations that support disabled children and young people, and their families. She is also a member of the cross-government programme board on the National Carers Strategy.
The event is part of a wider programme of activities being held across the county to mark Carers Week, which runs from June 9th to 15th. It highlights the vital role of the county’s 84,000 unpaid family and friend carers, and aims to direct them to the support and services available.
Carers are people who help a friend or relative who is frail, disabled or living with a long term condition; has a learning or physical disability; or misuses drugs or alcohol. Many people do not identify themselves as a carer, and Carers Week aims to highlight the role of these ‘hidden carers’ and help them access the help and support they may need.
West Sussex County Council is supporting Carers Week, and is working in partnership with the local NHS, Carers Support West Sussex and care and health organisations to improve the lives of carers, and the people they care for.
Peter Catchpole, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “Carers are dedicated people and as such they often don’t have much time for themselves. However, I hope that they will manage to find the time to attend this event, which will offer wealth of information and advice to help support them in their caring role.”
The event runs from 10.00 am to midday at the Assembly Rooms in the Council House, North Street, Chichester. A full programme of events can be found at www.carerssupport.org.uk/. More information about Carers Week can be found at www.carersweek.org.