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Monday 7 June, is the start of Carers Week. A week-long celebration of the fantastic contribution that unpaid Carers make to the people they carer for and to our communities.

In Gateshead, we estimate that over 20,000 people care for an ill, frail, disabled or vulnerable family member or friend. Carers play a vital role in our communities, they support loved ones, friends, and neighbours and every day go that extra mile every day to care for the people they love.

When people need help with their day to day living they often turn to their family and friends. Looking after each other is something that we just do. Although they are carers, many people would just consider themselves as just being a wife, a husband, a dad, a mam, a son, a daughter or just a good friend or neighbour. 

Councillor Michael McNestry, cabinet member for adult social care said: "The last twelve months has been hard for all of us. But we know that for carers it's been especially tough.  This year more than ever, they've been there when others couldn't be. And for that we're incredibly grateful.

"This Carers Week we would like to the opportunity to say thank you for everything you do every day. You are heroes each and every one of you."

To launch Carers Week, the arch of Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be illuminated in blue on Monday 7 June to pay tribute to all the fantastic Carers in Gateshead and across the North East.

Being a Carer can be very rewarding, but it can also be very hard work and we recognise that sometimes carers need help. Carers are also entitled by law to a Carer's Assessment. The assessment is free and will look at what things could make your role as a Carer easier.  This includes making sure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to, as well as information on short breaks, and practical and emotional support available to you. 

Find out more about Carer's Assessments

Sometimes Carers can find it hard to take care of their own well-being whilst caring and the impact of caring on health and well-being should not be underestimated. We talked to some of our Carers to find out the challenges they face and the support that they get from support agencies to help them in their caring role. 

Watch Carers share their stories

If you are a Carer and need some additional support visit Caring in Gateshead or Gateshead Carers or Carers Trust Tyne and Wear

Carers
07 June 2021

Monday 7 June, is the start of Carers Week. A week-long celebration of the fantastic contribution that unpaid Carers make to the people they carer for and to our communities.

In Gateshead, we estimate that over 20,000 people care for an ill, frail, disabled or vulnerable family member or friend. Carers play a vital role in our communities, they support loved ones, friends, and neighbours and every day go that extra mile every day to care for the people they love.

When people need help with their day to day living they often turn to their family and friends. Looking after each other is something that we just do. Although they are carers, many people would just consider themselves as just being a wife, a husband, a dad, a mam, a son, a daughter or just a good friend or neighbour. 

Councillor Michael McNestry, cabinet member for adult social care said: "The last twelve months has been hard for all of us. But we know that for carers it's been especially tough.  This year more than ever, they've been there when others couldn't be. And for that we're incredibly grateful.

"This Carers Week we would like to the opportunity to say thank you for everything you do every day. You are heroes each and every one of you."

To launch Carers Week, the arch of Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be illuminated in blue on Monday 7 June to pay tribute to all the fantastic Carers in Gateshead and across the North East.

Being a Carer can be very rewarding, but it can also be very hard work and we recognise that sometimes carers need help. Carers are also entitled by law to a Carer's Assessment. The assessment is free and will look at what things could make your role as a Carer easier.  This includes making sure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to, as well as information on short breaks, and practical and emotional support available to you. 

Find out more about Carer's Assessments

Sometimes Carers can find it hard to take care of their own well-being whilst caring and the impact of caring on health and well-being should not be underestimated. We talked to some of our Carers to find out the challenges they face and the support that they get from support agencies to help them in their caring role. 

Watch Carers share their stories

If you are a Carer and need some additional support visit Caring in Gateshead or Gateshead Carers or Carers Trust Tyne and Wear

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