From the 8th -14th June is Carer’s Week, a national annual campaign which is run by the Carers Trust, this year’s theme is ‘Making Caring Visible’ a great theme with added poignancy this year given the battles with Covid19. There are over 33,000 carers in Doncaster with 724 children and young people providing care and support to family members.
Caring can be a source of satisfaction in people’s lives, it can help deepen and strengthen relationships, developing skills you never imagined you had and can bring out self-resilience you never thought was possible. However, many carers are currently dealing with more challenges than ever before in these unprecedented times. It is vital that carers know how to look after their own health and wellbeing, and that we all recognise the contribution that carers make. Caring impacts on all aspects of life, relationships, health, finances, many carers say they feel lonely or isolated therefore the impact of caring should not be underestimated. Thousands of carers are also juggling paid work or careers alongside their caring role.
Therefore it’s time to ‘Make Caring Visible’ to ensure that carers get vital information and support that’s needed to help carers today and in the future. It is also an opportunity to shine a light on the amazing caregiving done by local people across our communities in Doncaster.
‘Making Space’ is a commissioned service provider who support adult carers of adults. Making Space can support people in a caring role, helping to enable carers to be connected in their community and give balance to aid people in their caring roles, call them on 01302 986900 or email DoncasterCarers@makingspace.co.uk
Councillor Rachel Blake, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “We have an estimated 33,000 informal carers in Doncaster supporting family members, friends, neighbours and others around them and we very much rely on them to ensure vulnerable people in the town are supported to live as independently and as healthily as possible. Carers Week is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness so that carers know what is available to them to make sure they remain resilient enough to perform this incredibly important role.”
Doncaster Council’s Young Carers Service supports Young Carers. The Young Carer Service supports young carers to be recognised in their role and to have the same opportunities and life chances as other children and young people of a similar age. If you think you are a young carer or you know someone who is and would benefit from support please visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/youngcarers for more information”
Councillor Nuala Fennelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools said “Young carers don’t always realise that they are a young carer; helping with medication, cooking, cleaning, or helping to dress the person they look after; it can be a lot of pressure and our aim is to support them through everyday life and the pressures of looking after someone else.”
If you are a carer or know someone who cares for a loved one and would like further information about the support available, visit www.yourlifedoncaster.co.uk.