Calderdale carers were treated to a day of fun and relaxation at a special carers’ treats event at Kershaw Grange Day unit, Luddendenfoot. The event was part of the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust’s carer’s week celebrations.
Carers week (12-18 June) is organised by many different charities and organisations that help carers. The week aims to support and celebrate the work of carers and campaign for carer’s rights.
A barbecue, goody bags for carers and entertainment from Ken Romano were among the delights on offer at the day unit which cares for older people with mental health problems.
Speaking at the event unit manager Rebecca Whelan said, "As well as helping older people with mental health problems to live fulfilling lives our role is also to support their carers. Caring is a demanding, full time role so we wanted to offer our carers the chance to have some time out just for themselves. It’s been a lovely day – it’s nice for the carers to have an afternoon of relaxation and enjoyment."
Other activities the Trust has organised for carers week in Calderdale include a carers information stall the canteen at Calderdale Royal Hospital (this was joint with the Alzheimer’s society) and they also took part in a carer safety event at Southgate Methodist Church, Elland.
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. Carers week is a great opportunity to get out in the community and let people know what support and help is available to them."