To celebrate Carers Week, which runs from 9 – 15 June, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is highlighting its ‘commitment to carers’, outlining the level of service and support carers can expect from the Trust.
Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign which aims to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for.
In support of the campaign, the Trust is pledging its commitment to providing for carers, recognising the difficult job they do every day looking after people. The ten pledges that demonstrate the Trust’s commitment to carers were co-produced with a group of carers by the Trust’s equality and inclusion team.
In its commitment, the Trust promises to listen and respect carers, many of whom are experts through experience. It will also signpost carers to carers support services that best meet their needs to help them in their role as a carer and involve carers as much as possible in the care and treatment of the person they are looking after.
Aboobaker Bhana, equality and inclusion team manager, said: “The Trust appreciates and values the hard work that carers do. We may see their loved one or friend once a week but carers are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One of our Trust’s six values is ‘families and carers matter’, as they are an essential part of the support and care of the people who use our services.
“Our commitment to carers ensures we will provide the same high standard of service to carers as we do to our service users.”
Details of the ten pledges will be on display across the areas where the Trust provides services and can be viewed on the Trust website.
The Trust is also supporting Carers Week by holding an event for service users and carers at its unique ‘caring garden’ at Fieldhead in Wakefield from 11am – 2pm on Wednesday 11 June. During the event, people will be able to get involved in a number of different activities and take a guided tour of the garden’s ‘labyrinth’, which was created to give people space and time to reflect and contemplate as they follow a path in a relaxing setting.
To view the Trust’s commitment to carers in full, visit the Trust’s website.