Local Organisations Team Up For Carers Week

Tina Morris, Netty Newell and Sheena Van Parys
Tina Morris, Netty Newell and Sheena Van Parys

Local care company, Home Instead, who provide personalised care and support to older people in their own homes, recently teamed up with local charities Dementia Forward and Carers’ Resource and hosted a free information event in Harrogate during Carers Week (10-16 June).  

Carers Week is a UK wide annual awareness campaign which celebrates and recognises the contribution the UK’s 6.5 million carers make to the people they care for and their communities. It also aims to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for, help the public identify themselves as carers and allow people to access the appropriate support and information they need.

Sheena Van Parys from Home Instead commented, “Dementia Forward, who support people living with dementia and those who care for them and Carers’ Resource, who give tailored support and information to unpaid carers and vulnerable people, both offer valuable services in the local area and it was great to be partnering them for Carers Week.”

The event was available to anyone in the community, whether they are currently caring for a loved one or may become a family carer in the future. A wealth of information was available on the day, including the types of support and advice that is available in the local area not just from Dementia Forward and Carers’ Resource but also from other local organisations including Age UK, Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sheena Van Parys added: “The event was a great opportunity for family carers to sit, chat and relax with tea, coffee and delicious cakes that were kindly donated from Sainsbury’s. There was a chance to talk about any concerns or issues that family carers face and to offer support and advice. The event was so successful that we intend to hold it again next year.” 

To contact Home Instead, call 01423 774490 . To contact Dementia Forward call 01765 601224 or visit www.dementiaforward.org.uk. To contact Carers’ Resource Ripon call 01765 690222, Harrogate 01423 500555 or visit www.carersresource.org