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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Taking Care Of Our Carers

Friday, 07 June 2019

It’s estimated that around 11% of residents in Tameside and Glossop, or just about 27,000 people, have some kind of unpaid caring responsibilities. While the first image that comes to mind when most people hear the word “unpaid care” is probably somebody looking after a frail or infirm elderly family member, the range of carer experiences is much, much broader. Not just family but friends, not just old age but mental health difficulties, disabilities and substance abuse issues.

We know as well that as Tameside and Glossop’s population ages it is likely that not only is the number of people being cared for increase, but older people are likely to take on more caring responsibilities as well. At the moment the number of residents aged 65 and over providing some level of unpaid care in Tameside and Glossop is around 5,600. However in 15 years’ time this is predicted to rise to almost 7,400. Many of our unpaid carers have to juggle their responsibilities with other parts of their life such as jobs, families and sometimes even their own health issues. Every one of these people need, and deserve, as much help and support as we are able to provide.

It’s for this reason that Tameside and Glossop, along with many other parts of the country, is throwing its weight behind Carer’s Week 2019. Running from 10th-16th June, Carer’s Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlights the challenges that unpaid carers face and ensure that their contribution is recognised. We also want to reach out to those who may not identify as carers or who are unaware of the support on offer so they can make themselves known and access any support they may be entitled to.

The official beginning of Carer’s Week 2019 will be at our launch event on Monday, 11am-2pm in The Restaurant at Tameside One – our new building opposite Ashton Market. As well as a buffet lunch put on by the students at Tameside College, we be joined by award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband, who as well as being raised in Hyde also has experience with being a carer himself.

The celebrations will be matched with practical action too, as we will be launching Tameside and Glossop’s latest Joint Carer’s Strategy. Over the next three years, the Strategy will lay out how we will work to make Tameside and Glossop a place where carers, no matter what their age or life circumstances, feel valued, respected and included in decisions around the person they care for. We intend to achieve this by strengthening and developing the links between the numerous services and organisations in Tameside and Glossop that can provide support for carers, including the council, NHS, voluntary and community groups, charities and businesses. We’ve also adopted the Greater Manchester Carer’s Charter, joining with other local authorities and the Mayor to commit to enhance and develop support and opportunities for carers in the city-region level.

If you want to join us at Monday’s launch event, or any of the other events that we’re putting on over Carer’s Week such as reflex therapy, music sessions and skills workshops, you can reserve your place by contacting the Tameside Carer’s Centre at 0161 342 3344, e-mailing at carerscentre@tameside.gov.uk or sending a message to their Facebook page. Unfortunately places are limited so all events must be booked.  

Despite the incredible work they do, we know that too many carers, in Tameside and Glossop and elsewhere, feel alone, invisible and unsupported in the difficult tasks they must carry out. Starting next week, we’re going to change that. We want carers in Tameside and Glossop to feel well informed about what support they are due, and to feel empowered to balance their caring responsibilities while maintaining their own identity and quality of life. I hope you’ll join us in making it happen.

 

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