Because you care, we care

Release Date: 01 June 2017

If you provide care and support for a family member, friend, or neighbour, then book your place at the Carers’ Conference 2017.

The local conference is part of the national Carers’ Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and the challenges which carers face.

The free event, on Friday 15 June from 10 am to 1pm in York House, Twickenham, is action- packed and will include:

  • A carers market place: with stalls and activities from local groups and organisations that can offer help and support to carers
  • Wellbeing workshops: workshops on mindfulness, relaxation, art, floral design, engagement with the Richmond CCG, finance, making the most of your money, futureproofing financial wellbeing and yoga
  • Individual sessions: Tailored 1:1 sessions including health checks, hand massages, help with IT and free legal advice.

The event also includes a buffet lunch.

Carers’ Week 2017 will focus on building carer friendly communities that can support carers to look after their family or friends well, while recognising that they are individuals of their own.

The conference has been organised by Richmond Carers’ Centre in partnership with Richmond Council and will be attended by other local groups who support carers.

Liz Bruce, Richmond Council’s Director of Adult Social Services, said:

“The work that carers do is invaluable for our community. Many people don’t recognise themselves as being a carer, so I would urge anyone who is taking on a role where they look after the needs of another person, be that an elderly parent, a disabled partner or a sibling with a long term illness, to come along to this conference.

“Ensuring carers’ mental and physical wellbeing is paramount in creating carer friendly communities. The focus of this year’s Carers’ Conference will be an opportunity for carers to find out about local organisations and to participate in activities that promote health and wellbeing.”

Melissa Wilks, Chief Executive of Richmond Carers Centre, added:

“Richmond Carers Centre has been working for 15 years to ensure that ALL carers living in or caring for someone living in the London borough of Richmond have timely access to good quality information, advice and emotional support. Our aim is to continue to work with the local authority and other local organisations to build a community fit for caring. Do come along to the Carers Conference to meet other carers and organisations offering support locally.”

If you are a carer you can book your place at the Carers’ Conference by visiting the Richmond Carers website or call 020 8867 2380 to speak with a Carers Support Worker.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159

Reference: P239/17

Updated: 30 June 2017