Hounslow Council joins forces to celebrate carers week

Once again Hounslow Council is joining up with Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to mark annual carers week (12-18 June).

Published: Monday, 12th June 2017

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When you're caring for someone, having the right information at the right time can make all the difference.

Once again Hounslow Council is joining up with Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to mark annual carers week (12-18 June).

This week will see various services raising awareness of caring in communities across the borough.

An event at Isleworth Town Hall today [Monday] saw carers and those who are thinking about becoming a carer have the opportunity to find out what support is out there.

Those who are already carers shared their experiences, while everyone attending had the chance to speak to health professionals about the practical side of caring and the challenges they might face.

Existing carers were also recognised for the contribution they make to families and the wider community in which they live.

As well as staff from the Council and CCG, there were representatives from the Citizens Advice Bureau, Carers Providers, Social Care teams amongst others. Fusion, who manage the borough’s leisure centres on behalf of the Council gave information about free access available for carers to leisure services.

Research has shown that every year, more and more people take on a new caring role.

Many people struggle to understand the range of services and entitlements and often miss out on financial and practical support as a result.

Even those who have been caring for years aren’t aware of all their entitlements.

Councillor Kamaljit Kaur, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services, Hounslow Council said: “Carers Week is a great way to celebrate the vital contribution carers make to our families and communities.

“Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time, caring can also have a huge impact on a carer's emotional and physical health.

“We want to let carers know where to get help and support, we want every carer to know where to turn for advice, information and support, whether in their local community or even online.

For more information on carers week and being a carer, visit our carers support page

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