A NUMBER of sessions to celebrate carers and recognise the vital contribution they make have been held throughout the county this week.
And today (Friday) there will be a stall at Bromsgrove Market from 9am to 4pm.
It coincides with National Carers’ Week which began on Monday and runs until Sunday (June 6 to 12) and has the theme ‘Carer Friendly Communities’.
The Worcestershire Association of Carers (WAC), Worcestershire Parent Carers Community (WPCC) and YSS Worcestershire Young Carers (WYC) have joined forces to raise awareness of the campaign, help identify unpaid carers and to signpost people to appropriate support within their community.
Vicky Parker, spokesperson for the joint campaign, said she was really excited about this year’s campaign as it was the first time the three charities had worked together.
“We will be targeting ‘hidden’ carers – those who do not identify themselves as a carer, but are quietly going about their care role without accessing any support.
“Also, many people assume carers are adults looking after the elderly – this is not always the case and we want to highlight that unpaid carers can include children, young people and parents.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to find information about all three organisations in one place.”
Visit www.parentcarers.org.uk or call 07955 7690488 for more on the WPCC which supports children with disabilities/additional needs and their families.
Go to www.yss.org.uk or call 01905 619886 for the WYC which provides individual support and monthly youth groups for carers aged from seven to 24.
Or visit www.carersworcs.org.uk or call 0300 012 4272 for the WAC which offers independent support, information and advice to unpaid adult carers.