Carers Rights Day takes place on Thursday, 24 November. It's an opportunity for unpaid carers to meet and share their views with Council teams and other organisations.
Published: Thursday, 10th November 2022
Hounslow’s army of unpaid carers will take centre stage on Thursday, 24 November as the borough recognises their dedication to those who need their help.
Carers Rights Day is an annual event that raises awareness about the rights of people who look after loved ones, friends or neighbours – known as unpaid carers.
The day, organised by the national charity, Carers UK, is also a chance to show appreciation for the role these carers play.
The theme of Carers Rights Day is Caring Costs. It looks at the impact that caring for someone has on carers in terms of their health and well-being, their relationships and the financial costs of caring for someone.
The overall aims of Carers Rights Day are to:
- Ensure carers are aware of their rights.
- Let carers know where to get help and support.
- Raise awareness of the needs of carers.
Hounslow Council and its partners are hosting a series of awareness-raising events for the borough’s carers as part of the national campaign.
These will all take place on Thursday, 24 November.
Carers Rights Day Marketplace - Ground Floor, Hounslow House, TW3 3EB, from 10 am to 1pm.
This drop-in session will be a chance for anyone who cares for an adult or a child to meet with a number of services under one roof and find out what support is on offer.
The marketplace will include the Council’s Community Solutions Team, which is dedicated to responding to the needs of local people by offering support and information on a range of issues. Citizens Advice and the Council’s Children’s and Adult Social Care Team will also be available for people to talk to. Carers will get a chance to meet Donna Tibby, the new Information & Advice Hounslow Worker from Harrow Carers, and Hounslow’s Carers Advisor, Lyn Hammond.
Community Solutions drop-in session - Bridgelink Community Centre, Isleworth TW7 7QR. 9.30am - noon.
This will be a chance for residents to meet and discuss issues with the Council’s Work and Skills team.
Community Solutions Drop-in session - The Church of Good Shepherd, Beavers Lane, Hounslow TW4 6HU. 10.45am - 12.30pm.
There are also a number of online support events planned. You can find out more about these and all the events at: www.careplace.org.uk/Newsitems/Details/374
All the events are free. There is no need to book in advance. Just turn up on the day.
Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health Integration, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, said: “Unpaid carers who look after family members or friends play an invaluable role within our community. Their selfless devotion to others means that vulnerable people in our borough can enjoy a better quality of life. We must recognise their contribution to community life not just on Carers Rights Day, but throughout the year.”
Cllr Chaudhary added: "With the current cost of living crisis, it is more important than ever that these carers receive the support and assistance they need.
“Our series of special drop-in sessions are a chance for all carers to ensure they are aware of their rights and find more about what help is on offer.”
For more information about support for carers in Hounslow, visit: hounslow.gov.uk/supportforcarers
To find out more about events for carers and support groups, visit: hounslow.gov.uk/carersevents