Celebrations are underway at St Richard’s Hospice to champion the work of carers who provide vital support to patients living with life-limiting illnesses.
To mark national Carers’ Week – which runs from Monday 12 June to Sunday 18 June – the hospice is holding a Carers’ Tea Party for those who give support and practical care to loved ones.
Carers’ Week is an annual campaign which highlights the challenges faced by the millions of carers around the UK, while raising awareness of the support they provide to relatives, friends and even neighbours.
Nationwide, there are 6.5 million people giving unpaid care to loved ones or friends who are ill, disabled or frail. Care can include anything from helping someone get dressed, to administering medication and managing money.
Matt Jackson, Family Support Practitioner, said: “Caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness can be physically and emotionally challenging.
“As a carer it is easy to get lost in all the demands that are made of you. It is not unusual for carers to feel lonely, frustrated and even angry that this is happening to them.
“At St Richard’s we recognise the amazing support carers provide for their loved ones but also the difficult challenges they face.”
There are a host of resources available at St Richard’s to help support those caring for people living with life-limiting illnesses.
Carers can access expert advice from social workers, counsellors, clinical nurse specialists, Citizens Advice and other professionals.
In addition, carers can also come along to the Carers’ Café Group, which is held at the hospice in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.
Mr Jackson said: “Our Carers’ Café Group, which meets monthly enables carers to share thoughts and feelings with others in a similar situation.
“The group also provides the opportunity to discuss practical difficulties carers face and to share knowledge of how to cope with these challenges.”
The Carers’ Tea Party will take place on Wednesday 14 June at St Richard’s in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.
The Carers’ Café Group will hold its next meeting at the Carers’ Tea Party.
For more information about the Carers’ Café Group call Jane Welch or Alison Cooper on 01905 763963.
For more information about Carers’ Week visit www.carersweek.org