Getting Carers Connected in Wolverhampton

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NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging carers, services and businesses in the community to come together during Carers Week to help ‘Getting Carers Connected’ and celebrate the vital contribution made by carers in Wolverhampton.

There are over 27,500* unpaid carers registered with their local GP Practice in the Wolverhampton area, which represents 10.8% of the whole population (249,470). More than 6.5 million people in the UK are currently caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is older, disabled or seriously ill. Yet many people don’t identify themselves as carers –they simply see themselves as spouses, parents, sons, daughters or friends.

This means that many carers across the UK are not connected to vital information and support that can help them with caring. Carers Week 2019 runs between 10 – 16 June and is calling on individuals, services and organisations to do their part in Getting Carers Connected – helping them get the practical, financial and emotional support they need to care for a loved one.

There are a number of events in Wolverhampton during Carers Week for carers, family and friends to come along and get connected.

Wednesday 12th June

  • Bereavement Information Hub,Gloucester Street Community Centre, Whitmore Reans, WV6 0PT, 10am – 12pm. An informal, friendly place to meet and talk to others who have experienced loss and grief.  For more information email compassionatecommunities@comptoncare.org.uk or call 0300 323 0250.
  • ‘Suhanni Yaadein’ (Beautiful Memories) Dementia Café,Blakenhall Community & Healthy Living Centre, Bromley Street, Wolverhampton, WV2 3AS, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Run by the Alzheimer’s Society in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council. A monthly gathering for people with early stage dementia living at home and for their carers family/friends. Information, support and social time with others experiencing dementia. Specially for South Asian community. For further information please contact: Jane Round on 0121 521 3020 or mobile: 0748 4040 595 or email .

Friday 14th June

  • Bereavement Information Hub,Gloucester Street Community Centre, Whitmore Reans, WV6 0PT, 2pm – 4pm. An informal, friendly place to meet and talk to others who have experienced loss and grief.  For more information email compassionatecommunities@comptoncare.org.uk or call 0300 323 0250.

Dr Salma Reehana, Chair at NHS Wolverhampton CCG, said: “Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, enriching relationships and bringing satisfaction and well-being. However, caring for others often comes at a cost to carers’ own health and well-being as they put their own health needs on hold. Carers are extremely valuable in looking after their loved ones and we need to ensure that they stay fit and healthy.

“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.”

For more information on support available in the Wolverhampton visit http://win.wolverhampton.gov.uk/kb5/wolverhampton/directory/service.page?id=hkgp2QJPWSc, call 01902 553409 or email carer.support@wolverhampton.gov.uk

More details about Carers Week can be found at www.carersweek.org.