Oldham Cares acknowledged 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.
The national theme was “Getting Carers Connected” and aims to connect carers to:
- Advice and information
- Friends and family
- Others, including carers
We supported 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, was on Thursday 13 June at Oldham Leisure Centre from 10am- 2pm, and was 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 was 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 were joined by the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander who is also a carer herself.
On Friday 14 June there was another opportunity for carers to socialise, they were invited to “Bring your dog to the park day” from 11am-1pm at Chadderton Hall Park. Carers took a walk around the beautiful ornamental gardens, stroll through the woodlands and wandered along the river before enjoying refreshments at the park’s café. Dogs were 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about support for carers visit https://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200244/caring_for_someone/508/oldham_carers_services