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Carers Week 2018

Carers in Derbyshire can find support, information and advice at a number of events and roadshows being held around the county for Carers Week 2018.

The national campaign kicks off on Monday 11 June and aims to celebrate carers as well as promoting services that support health and wellbeing and reduce loneliness.

We’re backing several events being organised during Carers Week in partnership with Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA), as well as launching an innovative project that aims to highlight the experiences and quality of life of unpaid carers.

“Walk a Mile in My Shoes” is the culmination of 12 months of work – compiling stories and first-hand experiences of local unpaid carers – showcasing the good, bad, funny, difficult, most rewarding and most frustrating aspects of caring.

Volunteer carers took part in recording short audio pieces about their caring roles, which have been collected, edited and placed alongside pictures of a pair of shoes they feel represents their lives.

When members of the public visit the Walk a Mile ‘virtual shoe shop’ on the Carers in Derbyshire website from June 11 they’ll be invited to choose a pair of carer shoes to ‘walk a mile’ in while listening to the recording of their caring story.

To mark the launch of the project, we will be hosting a number of information events at venues around the county, which will run alongside other awareness-raising events during Carers Week.

Our Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Jean Wharmby said:

“Carers Week is all about celebrating the valued work that carers do around the county, while also reminding them that help, advice and support is available should they need it.

“Often, carers can become so focused on the person they care for that they forget to look after themselves.

“In Derbyshire alone, there are more than 120,000 people who provide unpaid care for loved ones – so it’s vitally important that they look after themselves and know where to go if the need support.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the range of carer support services around the county can come along to the events, which include:

Monday 11 June
Walk a Mile in My Shoes roadshow - St Oswald’s Hospital, Ashbourne, 10am to 4pm
Derbyshire Carers Association - Caring for Carers Afternoon Tea, Cricket Club, Queens Park, Chesterfield, 12.30pm to 3pm
Derbyshire Carers Association - First Aid Training, tea and cakes, Park Court Community Centre, Heanor, 10.30am to 1pm

Tuesday 12 June
Information & Advice Stand with Derbyshire Carers and the Hospital Carers Liaison Team - Chesterfield Royal Hospital Main Reception, 9am to 3pm
Walk a Mile in My Shoes roadshow - Chesterfield Royal Hospital, 9am to 3pm
Derbyshire Carers Association - First Aid Training, tea and cakes, Wellbrook Medical Centre, Hilton, Derby 10.30am to 1pm
Derbyshire Carers Association - walk and canal boat trip - Cromford Canal, Cromford. Morning and evening session, call DCA to book a place, 01773 833833

Wednesday 13 June
Walk a Mile in My Shoes roadshow - Ilkeston Community Hospital, 10am to 4pm
Derbyshire Carers Association - Caring for Carers Afternoon Tea - Clay Cross Cafe, Gladstone Hub - call 01773 833833 to book a place

Thursday 14 June
Walk a Mile in My Shoes roadshow - Ripley Community Hospital, 1pm to 5pm
Derbyshire Carers Association - Caring for Carers Afternoon Tea - Buxton Pavilion Tea Room - call 01773 833833 to book a place

Friday 15 June
Derbyshire Carers Association - “Someone for you” event - Shirebrook Village Hall. 11am to 2.30pm - music, information, stalls, refreshments
Walk a Mile in My Shoes roadshow - Shirebrook Village Hall (as part of Derbyshire Carers event), 11am to 2pm
Walk a Mile in My Shoes roadshow - Arc, Clowne, 3pm to 6pm
Walk a Mile in My Shoes roadshow - Buxton, Cavendish Hospital, 10am to 4pm

Chief Executive of Derbyshire Carers Association, Narinder Sharma said:

“Family and Friend Carers are the backbone of the County’s Health and Social Care services. It is vital their tireless effort is recognised by all of us so we may help them continue in their caring role.

“DCA is delighted to work with the County Council to raise awareness, identify new and existing carers to assist maintaining their health and wellbeing.”

Find more information about being a carer in Derbyshire.
See a full list of Carers Week events.

Story by Derbyshire County Council

6 June | Amber Sound FM News


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