Do you look after a friend or family member who couldn’t cope without you? When you're caring, having the right information at the right time can make all the difference.
Published: Monday, 10th June 2019
Once again Hounslow Council is joining up with Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to come together during Carers Week to celebrate the vital contribution made by carers living in Hounslow.
Research has shown that every year, more and more people take on a new caring role. A carer is anyone who is looking after and supporting someone – a relative, friend, or neighbour – in an unpaid capacity.
Carers can be anyone – older carers looking after a spouse, younger carers looking after a parent, or the growing number of carers who care for their ageing parents.
Anyone could be a carer, a 40-year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer, or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer's disease.
Many people struggle to understand the range of services and support available 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. While carers usually wouldn't have it any other way, it is a difficult role and it can take its toll on your personal and emotional wellbeing, your social life and also education, employment and training.
Councillor Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health, 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 and economic wellbeing.
“We want to let carers know where to get help, we want every carer to know where to turn for advice, information and support, whether in their local community or even online.”
This week will see various services raising awareness of caring in communities across the borough, including;
Wed 12 June, 10am-1pm - A walk in Kew Gardens
To reserve your place contact Kareena Miller on 020 8583 5339 or email
- Thurs 13 June, 9am-4pm - Adult Social Care Pop Up Shop, The Treaty Centre, High Street, Hounslow TW3 3ES
- Fri 14 June, 2-4.30pm - Activity Session, Danehurst Centre, Brent Lea, Brentford TW8 8HX
- Sat 15 June, 2-5pm - Carers Afternoon Tea, Indian Gymkhana Sports and Social Club, Thornbury Avenue, Osterley TW7 4NQ
- Sun 16 June, 10am-2pm – Adult Social Care Pop Up Shop, Gurdwara Sri Guru Sing Sabha, Alice Way, Hanworth, Hounslow TW3 3UD
To find out more about carers week or to make a referral, contact 020 8583 3100 or visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/carerssupport for more information