Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity, with thousands of events planned for carers across the UK.
Each year in the Scottish Borders, Borders Voluntary Care Voice and Borders Carers Centre hold an event to celebrate the vital contribution of local carers. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, 14th June in Melrose.
Jenny Smith, Chief Officer of Borders Voluntary Care Voice, said: “A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.
“During Carers Week, we organise an event to celebrate the contribution of carers in the Scottish Borders and give them a day away from their caring role. This year, the celebration will include discussions about carers’ priorities, a hot lunch, a chance to meet other carers, and the opportunity to find out about the support available from local organisations.”
Lynn Gallacher, Manager of Borders Carers Centre, added: “For some, taking on a caring role can be sudden: someone in their family has an accident or their child is born with a disability. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed: their parents can’t manage on their own any longer or a partner’s health gradually worsens. We want to make sure carers feel properly valued and supported.”
Spaces are limited and booking is essential for the Borders event. Family carers who would like to come along can call 01896 757290 or sign up online at https://borderscarersweek.eventbrite.co.uk