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Caring for the carers

A series of special events are set to take place across the borough to celebrate National Carers’ Week (10-16 June).

The events are being held to recognise the invaluable contribution made by carers and raise awareness of the support available to them.

Ealing Carers’ Centre and Ealing Carers Partnership are hosting information sessions during Carers’ Week for carers to find out more about support available in the borough and take part in relaxing activities.

The sessions will host advice stalls and carers can even try their hand at Pilates and mindfulness. There will also be Green Doctors talks about how to reduce your energy costs, as well as a talk from Ealing Council’s adult social care team about support available for carers and a presentation by the prostate cancer charity, Orchid.

Other organisations who will be there to tell carers about support available include the Ealing-based charity Mind Food, which runs gardening sessions for people experiencing depression, anxiety or stress.

Carers can drop-in to the sessions on:

  • Tuesday 11 June – Sycamore Lodge, Acton W3 8PH. 10am – 3pm
  • Wednesday 12 June – Elm Lodge, Greenford UB6 9UG. 10am – 3pm

A free buffet lunch will be served.

Activities and support for carers of all ages are available throughout the year.

A carer is anyone who spends time (unpaid) looking after or helping a family member, friend, or neighbour who, because of their health and care needs, would find it difficult to cope without this help. Children and young people looking after family members can also be carers.

Carers’ Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise their value to families and communities throughout the UK. It also aims to raise awareness of the support available to carers and help them to access it. The theme this year is ‘Putting carers on the map.’

Carers’ Cafes

Carers’ Cafes offer a chance for carers to meet every month:

• 1st Thursday of the month – Elm Lodge Greenford. 11am – 12:30pm
• 3rd Monday of the month – Northolt Library. 11:30am – 1pm
• 3rd Wednesday of the month – West Ealing Library. 11am – 12:30pm
• 4th Tuesday of the month – Perivale Community Centre. 11am – 12:30pm
For more information call 0203 4759891 or email info@ealingcarerspartnership.org

Support for young carers

Ealing Young Carers Project supports children and young people (aged 8-18) who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse.

The Ealing Young Carers Project provides the following support:

• weekly youth club in Hanwell
• fortnightly youth club in Brentford
• activities and day trips in the school holidays
• one-to-one support
• employability support
• specialist workshops such as First Aid.

For more information, contact Katheryn Sobczak from the Ealing Young Carers Project by calling 07926 591 468 or emailing ksobczak@brenfordfccst.com

Ealing Carers’ Co-Production Board

This is a newly formed group made up of carers, representatives from Ealing Council, NHS organisations, and the community sector, who are working together to develop services and promote support for carers. If you are a carer and would like to be part of Ealing Council’s new Carers’ Co-Production Board, find out more by emailing Beinvolved_ASC@ealing.gov.uk

Other support and information

For more information about support available to carers, visit the council’s website.

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