Getting Carers Connected in Sandwell and West Birmingham

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We are 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 Sandwell and West Birmingham.

There are over 33,514* carers registered with their local GP Practice in the Sandwell and West Birmingham area and nearly 7,000 of these carers are aged over 65 and providing unpaid care 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.

During Carers Week a local practice in Smethwick, Sandwell is holding a Carer’s and Dementia Wellbeing and information afternoon for patients, carers, family and friends to come along and get connected.

•    Thursday 13th June, Norvic Family Practice, Victoria Health Centre, Smethwick, Sandwell, B66 3PZ, 1pm – 4.30pm

Dr Nick Harding, Chair at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham 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.”

 In our local area, carers can receive advice and support from several local voluntary organisations including:
CARES Sandwell offers a free and confidential information, advice and support service for carers and the people they care for within Sandwell. For more information, please go to: http://cares-sandwell.org.uk/cares-sandwell/
In Birmingham, there’s a Birmingham Carers’ Hub: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/get-support/local-support/birmingham-carers-hub
Spurgeons also offers support to young carers: https://www.spurgeonsyc.org/
If you live in Sandwell, you can find more information about support services for carers on the Council’s website: http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200218/carers/767/are_you_a_carer/1
Or if you live in West Birmingham, please have a look at Birmingham City Council’s website for more information: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20065/support_for_carers

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