Wakefield Council supports Carers Week (8- 15 June)

08/06/2020, PR-9423

Vital support services for people in the Wakefield district who are caring for others in these challenging times are being highlighted during Carers Week (8 – 15 June).

Cllr Faith Heptinstall
Cllr Faith Heptinstall

Wakefield Council is proud to be supporting the event which recognises the vital contribution made by unpaid carers across the Wakefield district – where one in seven people in the workplace have an unpaid caring role.

Carers Week recognises the many challenges unpaid carers face, whilst celebrating the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

The theme this year is ‘Make Caring Visible’, with more people than ever taking on caring responsibilities as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Given the unique situation we are all faced with due to coronavirus we are more thankful than ever for our carers and how they have adapted and continued to provide essential support for vulnerable members of our district.

“But whilst caring can be a rewarding experience, it can also have a huge impact on a person’s health, finances and relationships. That’s why we’re doing our part to help make caring visible – highlighting carers’ roles and the support available to them – at this unprecedented time.”

Carers Wakefield and District offers a range of support services such as providing a listening ear to help carers make decision and plan for the future, advice on support groups, benefits advice and information on grants for breaks and hobbies.

It is continuing its services without face-to-face contact, to keep everyone safe, such as telephone support with experienced support workers, virtual groups and is also hosting information to help guide and support unpaid carers on its website at carerswakefield.org.uk. To get in touch call 01924 305544 or email info@carerswakefield.org.uk.

Carers can also access further information, advice and help through the Digital Resource. For details visit https://bit.ly/3eQpXgq