People who care for someone in Wolverhampton can find out more about the support on offer to them during Carers Week 2015.

An estimated 27,500 people in the city care for a friend or relative, with many unaware of the help they are entitled to.

Members of Wolverhampton City Council's Carer Support Team will be out and about throughout Carers Week 2015, which runs from Monday to Friday, 8 to 12 June, offering advice to carers and their families.

They will also be holding information and advice events at Asda in Wolverhampton on Wednesday 10 June from 10am to 2pm and Bilston Market on Friday 12 June, also from 10am to 2pm.

Team members will be on hand to speak to carers about the help available to them, including with claiming financial support they may be entitled to, and answer any questions which they have.

They will also be on the lookout for some of Wolverhampton's thousands of "hidden carers" - people that carry out a caring role but may not realise they are carers and are therefore entitled to support.

Carers Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This year, the focus is on building carer friendly communities, which support carers to look after their loved ones, while recognising they are individuals with needs in their own rights.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Adults, said: "Anyone who has cared for a loved one will know how incredibly hard this role is and it's tremendously important that our carers are given all the help they need to succeed.

"Carers Week is a good opportunity for people to find out more about the support that is available to them here in Wolverhampton through our Carer Support Team and other agencies."

For more information about the help available to carers, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=2713;Title=Adult Social Care;, call the Carer Support Team on 01902 553429, email or drop into the Carer Support Centre at Blossoms Fold, Off North Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 4HJ, anytime between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

WV Active, which runs WV Active Central, WV Active Aldersley and WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams leisure centres, is offering 20 free exercise class passes for carers to use during Carers Week. To enter the draw for a pass, carers are invited to email or call 01902 553429.

  • released: Thursday 28 May, 2015