An exciting schedule of events is planned across West Cheshire during Carers Week from 6 to 12 June to recognise the significant contribution unpaid carers make.
Carers Week is an annual campaign run by Carers UK that is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations coming together to provide support for carers, run activities, highlight the vital role carers play in communities and draw attention to just how important caring is.
Plenty of organisations, including Cheshire West and Chester Council, work closely with carers throughout the year and a full schedule of events is planned for Carers Week, including things like walks, afternoon tea, flower arranging, drop-in sessions, meals out and much more.
The Council will also be lighting up several key landmarks across the borough in blue and white, such as Chester Town Hall, Eastgate Clock, Newgate, Ellesmere Port Library and Wyvern House, to mark Carers Week and increase the campaign’s visibility across the borough.
Councillor Val Armstrong, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many events planned by a number of different organisations during Carers Week.
“Carers have probably been under more pressure than ever before during the last two years or so with the COVID-19 pandemic so Carers Week has never been more important.
“Many people in the local community don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities so Carers Week is an ideal opportunity to help them identify as carers and access much-needed support.
“I’d encourage anyone who needs support to reach out to one or more of the brilliant organisations providing support across west Cheshire.”
Cheshire West Carer Support is a service commissioned by the Council and Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), offering information and advice to unpaid carers across the borough, working with social prescribers, organising events and activities and much more.
The Council is also running a consultation and encouraging residents and carers who access support in their communities to share their views on current services and what they’d like to see in the future.