According to census figures there are more than 40,000 people across the borough who are providing care to someone close to them; a family member, relative or friend.
Research shows the majority of these people providing care probably wouldn’t think of themselves as a carer.
To mark the launch of national Carers Week in June 2018 the local disability service Wired will hold a series of awareness raising events. Throughout the week, Wirral Council will raise awareness of the issues and challenges carers face, encouraging them to download the carers app ‘Jointly’, made available for free by the council.
Running from 11 – 17 June, Carers Week is a chance to seek out carers who are not already known to support services. This year’s theme is ‘Staying Healthy and Connected’.
Caring for someone else can be very rewarding but it can also be stressful, isolating and can impact on the carer’s own health and wellbeing. Many carers also navigate the added pressure of juggling their caring and work responsibilities. Through the council, carers can ‘stay connected’ by gaining free access to ‘Jointly’. The app offers a range of practical tools and resources for carers such as shared calendars, task lists and local agency contacts.
Cllr Chris Jones, Wirral Council's cabinet member for Adult Care & Health, said, “Carers Week gives us a platform from which to offer support to carers who may not class themselves as such. These unsung heroes play a vital role within the community as carers relieve strain from local support services and charities.”
Wired’s events will be launched by the Mayor of Wirral at Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) on Monday 11 June.
Cllr Jones continued, “We hope that through raising awareness during Carers Week, we can encourage even more carers in Wirral to download Jointly, gaining access to a variety of support options for the cared for and indeed themselves.”
Raising awareness of carers’ needs and the issues affecting them can help Wirral Council reach out to any Carers who may not be getting the support and advice that is readily available to them.
If you are looking after someone, or know somebody who is, Wirral Council is offering the Jointly app and other support resources for free to help manage care: http://bit.ly/2psHYMh
Carers looking for support can contact the Carers Helpline on 0151 670 0777 or for a Carers Assessment contact 0151 514 2222, or visit http://www.wirral.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/adult-social-care/support-carers/support-available-carers to complete an online assessment.
Information about Wired’s upcoming events can be found at: http://www.wired.me.uk/