Support, advice, information is all on hand from Hounslow Council during National Carers’ Week, which runs until 12 June.
Starting this week, the council’s Joint Commissioning Team and Hounslow CCG [Clinical Commissioning Group] together with other providers, are running information stalls across the borough, including at the Civic Centre, in Lampton Road, the Treaty Centre, libraries, the Heart of Hounslow Centre and the Brentford Health Centre.
Residents who work professionally as carers or those who are caring for a relative or friend but are not recognised as one, can go along to any of the events and find the information and support that would suit their situation.
Carers’ Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
As well as advice, there are a number of opportunities to come together socially, meet other carers and experts.
Fusion Lifestyles, who manage leisure facilities on behalf of the council, has a special offer this year, where carers can get free access to the borough’s leisure centres until 12 June.
There are also free pampering sessions, coffee mornings, Pilates classes and more at the events across the borough.
Other organisations and services such as Age UK, The Mulberry Centre, Hounslow Community Partnership, One You health campaign Hounslow, Carers Trust Thames, and the Alzheimer’s Society will also be supporting this week by hosting information activities and carer-focused sessions.
Councillor Kamaljit Kaur, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services, Hounslow Council, said: “Many people with caring responsibilities don’t think of themselves as carers, and they can often miss out on lots of advice and information.
“Carers’ Week draws attention to just how important caring is, and the aim is to recognise the contribution carers make to their families and communities.”