Oldham Cares supports National Carer’s Week

Oldham Cares is acknowledging unpaid carers who provide support across the borough to a family member or friend, as part of Carers Week.

There are an estimated 24,000 carers in Oldham caring for people with a disability, mental or physical illness, or who need extra help as they grow older.

This year’s national theme is “Getting Carers Connected” and aims to connect carers to:

  • Advice and information
  • Services
  • Friends and family
  • Others, including carers
  • Technology

We’re supporting this year’s theme by hosting two events to help carersaccess a range of advice and information, services and other carers.

The Carers Fun Day, on Thursday 13 June at Oldham Leisure Centre from 10am- 2pm, is an opportunity for carers, and the person they care for, to find out more about the support and services available through a marketplace of local organisations. There will also be fun and games for carers to enjoy together including table tennis, badminton and crazy golf as well as a tombola and a raffle

Attendees will be joined by the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander who is also a carer herself.

On Friday 14 June there is another opportunity for carers to socialise as we invite them to “Bring your dog to the park day” from 11am-1pm at Chadderton Hall Park. Carers can take a walk around the beautiful ornamental gardens, stroll through the woodlands or wander along the river before enjoying refreshments at the park’s café. Dogs are optional.

Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said “We are proud to support National Carers’ Week. It is a time for us to recognise the mostly unseen, but essential work that dedicated carers are doing everyday.

“We’ve put these events on to show our appreciation and to give a little something back. I would encourage all carers to take some time for themselves and enjoy what is on offer.”

If you would like more information about the week please contact the Carers Team, Carers 0161 770 7777 (option 4) or email carers.services@oldham.gov.uk

For more information about support for carers visit https://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200244/caring_for_someone/508/oldham_carers_services

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