This year’s Carers Week is focusing on Carer Friendly Communities encouraging everyone that we want to build and shape our communities into ones which support carers.
We are all part of a community, whether it is based on where we live, our interests or our background. Our communities include those who are unwell and need support, as well as carers who provide support.
This year’s Carers Week is focusing on Carer Friendly Communities encouraging everyone that we want to build and shape our communities into ones which support carers. As a member of a community, we want to be mindful of those who are tirelessly supporting a loved one each day and appreciate their invaluable role with our community. CAUSE works to support those who are caring for someone with serious mental illness in a unique role through providing peer advocacy services to carers in the community.
Carers Week UK explains the importance of developing Carer Friendly Communities: “By 2037, there will be 9 million carers in the UK. Many people will care for someone multiple times in their lives, but often do not think of themselves as a carer - they are just a husband or wife, son or daughter, parent or friend, doing what needs to be done… From doctors to shopkeepers, pharmacists to employers, politicians to family members - there is more that we can all do to help the people around us and build Carer Friendly Communities which support carers to lead healthy, safe and fulfilling lives.”
Carers Week is an opportunity to consider those in our community who may be caring and encourage them to access support available for themselves as well as those they are supporting.
CAUSE as part of the Together For You project offers free training and specialist carer advocacy for carers who are supporting someone with a serious mental illness. Carers can also make use of any of the other services available through the Together For You project. CAUSE also provides and supports events throughout Northern Ireland in Carers Week which are available for carers to attend including those listed below:
- On Friday 12th June in Grangewood Hospital, Londonderry, CAUSE will be involved in a Coffee Morning from 9.30am to 11am. For more details contact Annette O’Doherty on 07515065296.
- CAUSE will be at the Carers Matter event in Mount Zion House, Lurgan on Thursday 11 June from 10am - 1pm. To register to attend contact Catriona on 028 4062 7581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are hosting an event on Monday 8th June in Spires Centre, Belfast from 10.30am to 3pm. To register and for more details, please contact Margaret McDonald on 02895046702.
Why don’t you connect with a carers group in your local area and encourage them?
Do you know any carers within your community that you can cheer on?
Can you think of anyone who might benefit from the support of CAUSE and encourage them to get in touch?
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