Carers Week takes place from 10-16 June 2019 across the UK. It is an annual campaign that raises public awareness of caring, highlights the immense challenges faced by unpaid carers, and recognises the contribution carers make to their families and UK society.
A carer is anyone who provides unpaid support to a friend or family member who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol. Anyone can be a carer, at any time of their life.
Newcastle Carers, a charity dedicated to providing information and support to adults, children and young people who care for someone in the city, are hosting their annual Carer Friendly Communities Awards Ceremony on Thursday 13 June, 12noon - 3:00pm at the Discovery Museum (Great Hall). The ceremony recognises and celebrates local people who have gone out of their way to help and support carers in their community.
Carers from across Newcastle nominated individuals to receive a Carer Friendly Communities Award for the differences they’ve made to the lives of carers and those that they support.
Katie Dodd, Chief Executive of Newcastle Carers, said:
“This is the fourth year we are hosting our fantastic celebration event, the Carer Friendly Communities Awards. These awards were originally initiated in response to the Carers Week theme of getting carers connected in their communities.
Three in five people will be carers at some point in their lives in the UK, yet 75% of carers do not feel their caring role is understood or valued by their community.
Carer Friendly Communities are places where carers feel supported to look after their family or friends, and feel connected in their community. Our awards ceremony builds on this by recognising and celebrating people who have gone above and beyond to support carers, helping them to stay connected in their community and ensuring they do not lose important relationships with others.”
Carers and guests are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony and join the celebrations. There will be a buffet lunch and a chance to browse information and activity stalls, and also meet others connected to caring.
Councillor Karen Kilgour, cabinet member for health and social care at Newcastle City Council will be attending the awards and said:
“There are around 26,000 people in Newcastle who have a caring role, providing incredible support to a friend, family member or even neighbour that enables them to continue living independently.
“It is important we celebrate the amazing work of carers and raise the profile of vital services – such as Newcastle Carers – which provided incredible support, guidance and advice to carers, their families and the people they are caring for.
“If you think you may be caring for someone I would urge you to speak to Newcastle Carers. Understanding what help is available, even if its just a chat and a cup of tea, can have an incredibly positive impact”
“Thank you once again to all our carers across Newcastle.”
If you are a carer and would like information, advice or support about caring, or would like to attend the Carer Friendly Communities Awards Ceremony, contact Newcastle Carers on 0191 275 5060, SMS. 07874 100043, or visit www.newcastlecarers.org.uk.
For further information, and to arrange an interview with a local carer and/or a spokesperson from Newcastle Carers, please contact:
Lisa Mollett, Communications Co-ordinator or Alison Neill, Volunteer and Communications Manager, Newcastle Carers on 0191 275 5060.
Events taking place in Newcastle during Carers Week
· Carers Week Information and Advice Drop-in at Grainger Market, The Arcade (12/13). As part of Carers Week, representatives from services supporting carers in Newcastle will be hosting an Information and Advice Drop-in session at the Grainger Market on Tuesday 11 June between 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
· Carer Friendly Communities Awards at The Discovery Museum. A chance for carers to say “thank you” to someone who has gone the extra mile to support them in their caring role.
Notes to Editor:
About Newcastle Carers:
Newcastle Carers is a local independent charity working citywide to provide dedicated support and information to adults, children and young people who care for someone living in Newcastle. Our service is free, confidential and non-judgemental, helping carers to find ways to make their situation easier.
Newcastle Carers is also the Newcastle network partner of Carers Trust - a national charity who work to improve support, services and recognition for any unpaid carer in the UK.
Twitter: @NCLCarers | Facebook: www.facebook.com/ NewcastleCarers/
About Carers Week:
Carers Week takes place from 10-16 June 2019 across the UK. The theme this year is Getting Carers Connected. Carers Week is a major focal point of the year for over 130 carer-focused charities across the UK. Each charity focuses on supporting unpaid carers in its own area. And together, the charities form a comprehensive national network of support for carers, co-ordinated by national charity, Carers Trust.
Twitter: @CarersWeek #carersweek | Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarersWeek
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