Carers Week, 14-21 June 2010

CARERS are being invited to attend a free event at Hackney Town Hall on 15 June where they can find out about services and benefits available to them, as part of national Carers Week (14-21 June).

The annual Carers’ Conference offers the opportunity for Hackney carers to have their say about services and support available from the Council and partners, meet other carers, find out about free training courses, employment support, Telecare, and how adult social care is changing, have their blood pressure checked, relax, and have lunch.

Those attending the conference, which runs from 10am to 3.30pm, can also apply for a free Carers Card, which offers concessionary rates of up to 50 per cent at Council leisure centres, and discounts at local shops.

Carers are unpaid and look after family, a partner or friend in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability.

Other events in Hackney being held as part of Carers Week include:

16 June – an information morning, from 10am to 1pm, at Homerton Hospital

17 June – a barbecue event for carers, from 11am to 2pm, at City & Hackney Carers Centre, Tyssen Street

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Hackney is committed to improving services for carers, and to valuing their important role. I strongly urge carers in the borough to come along to the conference and find out more about the services that are available for them.”

For more information, please contact City & Hackney Carers Centre on 020 7923 8750