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Series of free events as City marks Carers Week

A host of events will be taking place in Wolverhampton during June as the City marks Carers Week.

Members of the City of Wolverhampton Council's Carer Support Team will be out and about from 11June to 15 June, 2018, offering help and advice to people who care for a loved one.

They will be holding an information event at Sainsbury's St Marks on Wednesday 13 June from 9.30am to 2pm, while carers can enjoy a range of treatments at a relaxation event at Penn Library on Thursday 14 June from 10.30am to 11.45am.

There will be a special celebration event for carers at Bantock House Museum on Friday 15 June from 10.30am to 2.30pm featuring a range of guest speakers, information and advice, while an information stand will be available at Central Library throughout the week.

Meanwhile, the Carer Support Team are joining forces with Poetry on Loan and the City of Wolverhampton Council's Library Service to arrange a special session for people living with dementia and their carers at East Park Library on Monday 11 June from 10am to 12pm.

Popular poet Mandy Ross will lead a morning of poetry and song, engaging and entertaining people with gentle humour and activities. During the session, people will also be able to find out about the Memory Matters service, which seeks to raise awareness about memory concerns and how people can live better with a diagnosis of dementia.

Each event is free, though places for the Poetry on Loan, relaxation and celebration events are limited and should be booked in advance by calling Melinder Kaur on 01902 553429 or by emailing carer.support@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

Mark Taylor, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Strategic Director for People, said: "Carers provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, but at the same time carers often find it challenging to take care of their own well-being.

"We estimate there are some 28,000 people in Wolverhampton who care for a friend or relative, and these events are an excellent opportunity to find out more about the help that is available to them as they carry out their vital role, and also enjoy a bit of well deserved me time."

The Carer Support Team offers information, advice and guidance on a range of issues including benefits, emotional support, carer services and support groups to informal carers across the city. For more information, please call 01902 553409, visit the Carer Support Team offices at Blossoms Fold, Wolverhampton, or log on to Adult social care.

  • Light House Cinema is offering family carers discounted cinema tickets to mark Dementia Action Week (21 May to 27 May) and Carers Week (11 June to 17 June). Carers and the person they care for can book tickets for just £2.50 each to see the films Edie and That Good Night between 25 May and 31 May, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom from 11 June to 17 June on production of a valid Carers Emergency Card. To book seats, carers should please call the Light House box office on 01902 716055 and quote the number on the back of their Carers Emergency Card.
     
  • released: Friday 20 April, 2018