Release Date: 22/05/2012
Carers living in Richmond upon Thames are being invited to an annual conference on Monday 18 June, at Cole Court in Twickenham.
This year's theme, ‘In Sickness and In Health’, will focus on the health implications of caring and will open up discussion about the support and advice available to carers locally. A range of voluntary sector organisations, local care and health professionals and others, will be on hand to discuss caring and the health issues, associated with being a carer. The event, which is being held as part of the national Carers Week, is organised by the Richmond Carers Centre and Richmond Crossroads, in partnership with Richmond Council and NHS Richmond.
Cllr Nicola Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing on Richmond Council, said:
“We have over 15,000 unpaid carers in the borough and it is vital that they have access to the right information and support, otherwise their health and wellbeing can really suffer. Caring can be difficult and sometimes very lonely. Carers need to remember to look after themselves as well as the person they care for.
In many situations caring can negatively affect the carers health, especially in the case of a young carer or an elderly spouse. It is important for carers to meet and discuss these issues and to be able to access the information, support and help they may require.
This conference also provides a fantastic forum for carers to share their experiences with others and to provide feedback on the services available currently and how we can improve them.”
Melissa Wilks, Chief Executive of Richmond Carers Centre added:
“This year’s agenda is focused on the health element of caring and will provide carers with the opportunity to speak to local health, social care and voluntary sector professionals, and other carers with similar experiences. It also provides a great platform for carers to have their say and let us know the health issues they are experiencing that impact on their often complex and demanding carer roles. Last year we had a great turn out and I would like to encourage those residents who are in a caring role to register again this year.”
For more information or to book your place, please contact Richmond Carers Centre on 020 8867 2380 or email email@example.com.