This year 12-18 June marks Carers Week, an annual campaign raising awareness of caring.
Three in four carers feel that their caring role is not understood or valued by their community which can leave them feeling lonely, isolated and depressed. It is important that carers are well informed of local services available to them so that they can receive support, advice and information.
At Elmbridge Borough Council, we run a Relief Care service that supports people who care for someone with memory loss and to raise awareness during Carers Week we have a stand outside Waitrose in Cobham on Monday 12 June providing information on our services. We are also running a special carers tea party with entertainment on Thursday 15 June at the Riverhouse Barn Art Centre, which has been made possible through a donation from Walsingham Care.
What support is available?
We have recently opened an 11th specialist support group for people with memory loss. These 11 groups provide social contact and stimulation in a community environment.
The person you care for can be looked after by our trained staff for up to five hours at one of our Centres for the Community and a three-course lunch is provided during that time. This allows carers to have a well-earned break from their caring role and to carry out any tasks that may need doing. We accept referrals for this service both in and out of the borough. A carer said, “This service has been a lifeline to me and the person I care for”.
Each year we provide in-depth training to carers to provide support and information. Our team have a wealth of knowledge on places to signpost and are always ready to support carers in any way they can.
Our carers café takes place monthly on the second Thursday of the month at the Claygate Centre for the Community and there is a support group that takes place on the last Thursday of the month.
If you are a carer, or know someone who is a carer, and want to find out more please get in touch with the team on 01372 474547, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website our relief carers page.