A SPOTLIGHT is being shone on carers in Warwickshire this week.
Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is marking Carers Week by recognising those who have a caring responsibility for a family member, neighbour or friend who could not cope without them.
This year’s Carers Week theme, ‘making caring visible’ shines a spotlight on the caring community. The authority is highlighting its services available to new and existing, informal carers across its social media channels.
And a carers support leaflet, which lists support from mental health and wellbeing services, through to specialist advice on conditions such as dementia, is available to download from the council’s website.
WCC’s adult social care and health spokeswoman Margaret Bell said: “Every day our family and friends fulfill a vital role in our communities helping others to be safe, well, and independent and we applaud everything they do for us. Those who care also need support and we want them to recognise this and seek it out. Carers Week offers us an opportunity to remind carers of all the services available for them in Warwickshire, and more than anything, to let them know that Warwickshire cares and will help to provide access to what they may need.
“We would also like to encourage all informal carers to register their caring role with either their GP or the Carers Trust so they can readily access the right support.”
Warwickshire County Council also commissions health, wellbeing and planned break services to ensure residents who care remember to look after themselves too. This includes the Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service by Carers Trust Heart of England which helps provide wellbeing and practical support to those who care for someone. It also provides opportunities for carers to network with each other and help with arranging cover should the carer need to unexpectedly leave the person they care for.
Care Companion is a website designed for carers by carers. With access to personalised advice and information, the website offers useful articles and forms, an address book with details of local support groups, a journal function for carers to record information and a to-do list to help manage daily tasks.
Specific services for young carers are also available from Warwickshire Young Carers including virtual events and get-togethers, and its Future Me, Future Proof programme, which supports young people to help achieve their future goals.
Follow Warwickshire County Council across its Twitter and Facebook accounts to join the conversation and use the hashtags #carersweek2021 #makingcaringvisibleandvalued.