Thousands of carers, who provide unpaid support to a family member or friend, are being encouraged to stay healthy and connected themselves, as the nation marks Carers’ Week from 11-17 June.
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help, as they grow older.
About 19,356 people in Tower Hamlets provide some form of unpaid care. And 3,326 of these are young carers under the age of 25.
Although caring can be rewarding, the impact of caring on health and well-being cannot be underestimated. This year, Carers’ Week is themed on building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.
Individuals and organisations in Tower Hamlets are being encouraged to support the borough’s carers and help them stay healthy and connected.
The council works in partnership with organisations including Carers’ Centre Tower Hamlets, to offer support such as information and advice, respite care, retreats, counselling, and massages to help carers in their role and support carers to maintain good emotional and physical health.
We also worked with local carers, professionals in health and social care, voluntary and community groups to establish a Carers Dignity Charter and refresh and update the Tower Hamlets Carers Strategy.
The strategy sets out how we aim to:
* Identify and support more carers
* Support working carers and ensure that young carers get the help and guidance they need to fulfil their potential in education and to have the same opportunities as other young people
* Provide more opportunities for carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities
* Support carers to maintain good emotional and physical health
* Ensure that children and adults services work together better supporting young carers as they move from one service to the other.
Mayor John Biggs said: “Carers in Tower Hamlets make a valuable contribution to community and family life by looking after those who are ill, frail, or disabled.”
“We recognise that carers have their own needs and it is important that carers are supported to take care of their own health and well-being. We are committed to giving carers of all ages the support they need to maintain good health, emotionally and physically with services that understand their particular needs.”
Sir Sam Everington, a local GP and the chair of Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Carers are the unsung heroes in the community. Carers relieve the pressure on the hospital system, which allows doctors and nurses to provide medical assistance to other patients.
“It’s important to remember that the best way to support the person that you’re caring for is to stay fit and healthy. Your GP can give you expert advice on how you can stay well and help to connect you to other useful carer support services and sources of information.”
Carers’ Centre Tower Hamlets, which, promotes carers’ issues; campaigns for better rights and recognition for carers; and identifies new carers will give all carers across the borough an opportunity to celebrate. The centre will hold a special week of activities after Ramadan, from July 2-5. Activities will include pamper days, information days, outings and an Eid party.
Alzheimer’s Society Tower Hamlets will hold an event from 11am-2pm on Tuesday 26 June, to celebrate carers of people with dementia.
The free event hosted in association with leisure centre organisation Better, will feature singing, dancing, presentations, information and advice and refreshments.
It will take place at Poplar Baths Leisure Centre, 107 East India Dock Road, E14 0ED.
If you are a carer and think you may need support or advice, there are a range of services that can help. A good place to start is the Tower Hamlets Carers’ Centre. Call 7790 1765 or visit www.ccth.org.uk For more details about the Carers’ Dignity Charter and Carers’ Strategy, visit https://bit.ly/2J5Wm31
Posted on Thursday 7th June 2018