Celebrating all carers
Directors of Adult Social Services across the North East have pledged support to the annual Carers Week campaign which is taking place 11th to 18th June. Carers Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of caring, highlight the challenges faced by carers as well as to recognise the contribution they make to communities and families.
Ann Workman, Chair of the North East Branch of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and Director in Stockton said, "Carers play a key role in supporting loved ones, friends, and neighbours, and without their tireless efforts the Health and Care system across the region would struggle to cope and we want to pay tribute to the fantastic work they do".
Approximately 300,000 people in the North East are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend, with the value of care they provide in the region of £6.2million. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own well-being whilst caring and the impact of caring on health and well-being should not be underestimated.
There will be a number of events and activities taking place across the region in support of this important week; please get involved where you can and if you are a carer and are looking for information, advice or support please get in touch with your local social services department.
Find out more about support for carers in Gateshead