Recognising our amazing carers in Birmingham

In National Carers' Week, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, cabinet member for health and social care, talks about the importance of supporting our carers

Carers’ Week is a really important way of recognising the great work our carers do, and this year even more so.

This year’s theme is making carers visible. Of course, it should not take a pandemic for the world to see how crucial carers are to any society, but the strange times we are living in have really brought home to people the amazing work that carers do.

But kind words aren’t enough; carers need tangible support too.

This is why we have jointly commissioned carer support services to ensure an all-age, city-wide service that includes specialisms, such as carers of people living with dementia or a mental health condition.

These services provide advice, guidance and support for carers regardless of age, ethnicity or the type of caring they do.

There are support groups and peer-to-peer support for different local communities and age groups.

We have a transition service for young carers aged 18 moving towards becoming an adult carer, providing targeted support such as enabling education to continue or accessing employment for the first time.

And this week the Birmingham Carers’ Hub will be providing some great virtual activities to help with physical and mental wellbeing during these difficult times.

There’s lots of information out there:

This blog was posted on 8 June 2020

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