Organisations across Sefton are supporting unpaid carers this Carers Week
Sefton Council and Carers Centre, alongside Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, LFC Foundation, Age UK and a number of other organisations have joined forces to recognise the commitment and sacrifice made by unpaid domiciliary carers as part of their ‘Care for the Carers’ campaign.
Afternoon tea prepared by LFC Foundation are being delivered by Carers Centre volunteers and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service fire crews to carers in Sefton on Wednesday 9th June to some our unpaid carers in the borough.
The project has been launched to celebrate National Carers Week and is an opportunity to show support for unpaid carers in the community.
As well as afternoon tea for some of our unpaid carers in Sefton, there are a range of events throughout the week aimed at supporting our unpaid carers emotionally, physically and financially.
You can find more information about events during Carers Week at the Carers Centre website
Additionally, all carers, registered or not are entitled to free PPE throughout the week to ensure they can look after their loved ones safely, this can be collected from Sefton Carers Centre, South Road, L22 5PE.
Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said:
“I am thrilled that the spotlight is being shone on our unpaid carers here in Sefton for Carers Week. There are thousands of residents in Sefton who support a family member or friend where that help is invaluable to their health and wellbeing and without their care and support, their loved ones would struggle to manage.
“Afternoon tea is a small gesture to let some of our unpaid carers here in Sefton know that they are recognised and valued for what they do for the people they love. This past 18 months has been challenging and we are so grateful to all carers in Sefton.
“We have events running via the Carers Centre throughout the week from emotional to financial support sessions to a carers coffee morning and I hope that all carers in Sefton will get involved and seek any support they may need in these particularly difficult times.”
Carers Week runs from the 7th-13th June and is a national campaign that shines a spotlight on unpaid carers and the contribution they make to the care system
You can find out more at the Carers Week website.
Nick McCormack, Station Manager at MFRS, who will be one of over 60 volunteers delivering afternoon teas on the day, said:
“We know that the last 15 months has been extremely difficult for everyone – we have all had to make sacrifices in order to keep those around us safe. Unfortunately there are many members of our community who simply cannot look after themselves and so rely on carers to help them on a daily basis.
“Many of these people are unpaid carers and are often family members – sometimes children – of those who are in need of support. The commitment and bravery of these people is remarkable and whilst we know that the afternoon tea is in no way comparable to the efforts they have shown throughout the pandemic, we hope it will bring a little cheer to their day and offer them a little respite.”
Forbes Duff, Senior Manager, Red Neighbours, said:
“There are so many extraordinary carers in our local communities looking after friends and family members, many of whom do so without respite or financial support. Their selflessness and commitment is amazing and it makes such a big difference to the people they support. We want to thank them for all that they do with a small act of kindness, which we hope will acknowledge their dedication and the important work they do, and put a smile on their faces.”
Jenny Paton, DCEO Age UK, said:
“We are delighted to be working with MFRS and LFC to ensure that our carers know we appreciate how hard the last year has been.
“The afternoon teas will be a real treat for their unpaid carers who spend all their time looking after their loved one and putting their needs first. It gives us the opportunity to show how much we appreciate and care about them and lets them know they can come to us for support of they need it.”
MFRS’ Chief Fire Officer, Deputy Fire Officer and Assistant Fire Officer will also have a key part to play on the day, with each of them set to deliver afternoon tea to carers in Sefton.