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Showing We Care About Carers

Carers across Bournemouth and Poole are invited to attend an event being held on 11 June as part of Carers Week.

The theme of this year’s Carers Week is ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’, and the event, organised by Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole, aims to provide carers with information about their community. There will be information stands from organisations that carers would find in their local community, including Community Policing, and the Home Library Service, to tell carers about how they can support them. Staff from the joint Bournemouth and Poole Carers Support Service will be available to offer specialist advice throughout the day about the services available to carers and events held which may be of interest to them.

Cllr Karen Rampton, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Borough of Poole, said: “The role of carers in our community is vital and we must ensure their wellbeing is considered alongside that of the person they care for. We would encourage anyone providing free care for a friend or relative, whether they are registered with the local authority or not, to come along and find out more about the support and services available to them. While it can sometimes be difficult to recognise yourself in a caring role, you might be surprised to find out that there is more help out there than you may think.”

The drop in event takes place at Westcliff Baptist Church, Poole Road, Bournemouth, BH4 9DN and anyone is welcome to come along between 10am-3pm. Free refreshments will be provided on the day and there is no need to book.

Councillor Blair Crawford, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “We really value the dedication and commitment that carers give to their family and friends day in and day out.  It’s so important that we, the Council, support our carers to look after their own well-being as well as those they care for. Having the right information, advice and services at the right time can make a real difference to carers’ own health and enable them to continue their caring role.”

There will also be the chance for carers to learn about the results of a National Carers Survey they may have taken part in last November, and to tell us what they think should be local priorities for the next few years.

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