Unpaid carers in Kensington and Chelsea were given a variety of free events to thank them for the work they provide and give them a break. The council funded Carers Network provided the support including a tour of the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, a tour of QPR stadium on Thursday, trips to: The Royal Mews, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kew Gardens, Chiswick House.
“It’s inspiring to see the dedication carers have for the person they are looking after,” Cllr Sarah Addenbrooke, Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said. “It can be incredibly challenging emotionally and physically and Carers week is a great chance for carers to have a break for a few hours and just relax and enjoy something different.”
“Carers Network Programme is God-sent!” Gogo-Rose, a carer who attended last year, said. “Awesome sessions! Educational and recreational. Also entertaining. Very friendly group. It’s a great Programme. Please keep it up. Thank you so much.”
Another carer, Valerie, added: “I really appreciate all the trips which were arranged for carers week. I learnt so much and engaging with other carers. It was really lovely. Thank you.”
If you want to attend any events firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8960 3033. If you are an unpaid carer there is a variety of ways you can get both financial support and advice and help with who you are caring for. Go to this website for a list of government allowances you may be entitled to and speak to the Carers Network about advice and support they can offer you.
Carers week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the challenges unpaid carers face and highlight the support available to those in this position.