This week Doncaster Council is marking National Carers Week by raising awareness of the support that is available across the borough to the 33,000 residents who provide unpaid care to family members or close friends.
Running from 11 -17 June the theme for this year is all about being ‘healthy and connected’, recognising that carers are individuals with health and well-being needs of their own.
Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said: “During Carers Week, we need to celebrate the invaluable contribution carers make to our families, communities and wider society as well as consider whether you or someone you know is in a caring role. Too often people don’t realise that they are a carer because they think it’s just something they do; this could mean that they are missing out on vital help themselves.
“It’s important that carers know support is out there and are clear on how to access it. If you, your family, friends or neighbours are caring for someone please visit www.yourlifedoncaster.co.uk to find out about what is available across the borough or call Making Space on 01302 986900.”
Free training has also been organised for carers and personal assistants including First Aid Awareness, Diabetes Awareness, Healthy Eating and much more. Details can be found at www.doncaster.gov.uk/carersdevelopment.
All carers are different and have their own individual circumstances. Doncaster Council also recognises the special role of the borough’s 732 young carers who are helping to look after themselves, siblings and/or adults at home. The young carers service provides help and support and can be contacted on 01302 736099 or email: Young.Carers@doncaster.gov.uk.
- Category: Health & wellbeing