Hackney marks carers week 2017
Carers Week saw Hackney celebrate the work of thousands of local people caring for their loved ones through a series of events, including a well-being day, carers’ rights workshop and lunchtime seminars.
There are around 18,000 people living in Hackney who provide unpaid care for their families or loved ones, providing different levels of unpaid care and support each week to a friend, neighbour or relative because of illness or old age.
3 in 4 carers don’t feel like their caring role is understood or valued by their community, Hackney Council and the City and Hackney Carer’s Centre (CHCC), are working with the local community to increase awareness of the valuable work carers do for society, while offering support for carers.
Many carers in the borough are not accessing support that is on offer through the City and Hackney Carer’s Centre, which can have a big impact on improving the lives of carers. Support, help and advice is available for carers every day. The support on offer has been a lifeline for some of the borough’s unsung caring heroes.
Brenda Martin, who uses the carers centre for support said: "Registering at CHCC has improved my life. I was unaware of what my son and I were entitled to. I have received fantastic support, financially and emotionally."
Hackney is committed to improving services for carers, and to valuing their important role. We work with partners such as the Carers Centre all year round to support Hackney’s carers to look after their loved ones, while recognising they are individuals with needs of their own. I strongly urge carers to contact the carers centre to find out more about the support on offer.
The CHCC can help carers learn about their rights, meet other like-minded people and have some time out for rest and relaxation. For any local resident providing care for someone they can also get a carer’s assessment to discuss the help they may need by contacting the carers centre by emailing: CCSAdmin@hackneycarers.org.uk.
For more information about services, local support groups and carers rights visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/carers.