More help and support is being given this week to the thousands of unpaid voluntary carers.
A series of roadshows to highlight the local support available for Wiltshire’s carers is being held later this month including a big event in Swindon at the weekend.
On Saturday Swindon Carers Centre has organised a Family Fun Day at Churchfields Academy from 10.30am - 3pm.
In the 2001 census it showed that there were 39,886 carers who provide unpaid care in Wiltshire. At 2.45pm Deputy Mayor Councillor Nick Martin will be releasing 400 balloons to start a sack race - you can find out how to buy a balloon and more information about the day at www.swindoncarers.org.uk/CarersWeek
This year, the theme for the week is In Sickness and in Health. It calls for greater support for unpaid carers to help them continue in their caring role without facing ill health, stress or financial worry.
Along with many other events taking place across the UK, the Wiltshire roadshow events will help to support carers by offering advice and information.
A new carers’ handbook will also be launched at the events. It includes information on a wide range of issues affecting carers and includes telephone numbers and website details of local and national organisations offering support.
Jemima Milton, Wiltshire Council's portfolio holder for adult care, said: "Carers provide an invaluable role in society by looking after and caring for their loved ones.
"Many carers often feel their very important role is not understood and some people do not even recognise themselves as carers.. It’s crucial we help to identify who our carers are so we can help support them.
"These roadshows are one of many activities and services Wiltshire Council, NHS Wiltshire and partner organisations provide to support carers who feel isolated."
The roadshows are being held from 10am to 4pm:
Monday, June 18, Fore Street, Trowbridge
Tuesday, June 19, Salt Lane car park, Salisbury
Wednesday, June 20, High Street, Marlborough
Thursday June 21, The Market Place, Devizes
Friday, June 22, The Market Place, Chippenham
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