The South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust is joining forces with the West Yorkshire Fire Service to celebrate Carers Week (June 13-19) at a special information day for older people.
The open day will take place on June 16th, between 10-4 at Halifax community fire station, Kings Cross. A range of agencies will be on hand to give information and advice to carers including the fire, police and health services, Age Concern, Staywarm and the Carers Project.
Organiser Polly McKay, a carer liaison nurse from the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust says, ‘It can be overwhelming when you’re a carer and often people don’t know where to go for information and support. There will be stalls and stands from a variety of agencies so that carers can get information on a multitude of issues from professionals.’
‘Carers will be able to learn what help and support is available to them and get valuable information about health and safety issues. It will be a nice, informal day where people can have a chat over coffee and go away with valuable advice,’ she continues.
Community Fire Safety Officer, Simon Hemmingway says, “We’re hoping that by involving a very wide range of organisations in an event at the heart of the community that is our fire station, local carers will be encouraged to come along and get access to information that could make a real difference to their lives. With a lot of organisation, the day has come together really well and promises to be a very worthwhile event. We look forward to seeing those with an interest in caring.”
Anyone who attends the event can also book a free home fire safety check for themselves or refer the person they care for to the scheme. The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will then visit the home and carry out a full fire risk assessment and fit smoke alarms where necessary, free of charge. Alternatively, this can be booked on the hotline by calling 0800 587 4536.