Week-long celebration to recognise carers' contributions to communities

Week-long celebration to recognise carers' contributions to communities

Wigan Borough residents with caring responsibilities for family members and friends are being encouraged to reach out and seek support as part of a national Carers Week.

A busy schedule of events is also taking place to help carers find connections and feel valued and supported.

On Wednesday 8 June, Wigan Council is hosting a free carers festival with a host of activities from Wigan Athletic Community Trust stadium tours, curling, meditation and chair yoga.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, deputy leader of the council and portfolio holder for adult social care, said: “Carers play such an important part in our communities and their love and support is so vital for loved ones and family members.

“It’s important for us that carers feel supported too and we’d really like to encourage anyone who looks after a loved one to access the support available – our teams are always here to help as a friendly ear or to point you in the right direction.

“We’re really excited to be hosting such a busy week of events to celebrate their wonderful contribution and get involved in some fun activities too!”

Carers Week runs from 6 – 12 June and aims to help carers feel valued, visible and supported.

Other events in the borough include a free talk and tour at the Museum of Wigan Life, a live screening of a living well with dementia conference and a concert for carers hosted by Lifelines Dementia Friendly Community Choir.

Andrea Grice, lives in Ashton-in-Makerfield and cares for her husband. She said: “When you have caring responsibilities, your life revolves around the person you are caring for.

“You don’t see yourself as a carer as it’s your family, it’s your life and for me, I made vows to say for better and for worse, in sickness and in health.

“After I got in touch with the Wigan and Leigh Carers centre, they signposted me to various services including counselling and befriending which have really helped me.

“It’s been a lifeline and my advice to others would be that you can’t be too proud to ask for help.

“If you need help, you need help. Help is there whether you want it there or not, or for later on, just know that it is there for you.”

Support is available for anyone who might benefit from it – you don’t have to be in a relationship or part of a family, it’s for anyone who has a caring role to receive support.

Find out more about available support and the week’s events visit Support for carers.

Posted on Monday 6th June 2022

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