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National Carers Week

The week of 11th to 17th June is National Carers Week which aims to raise awareness of caring and recognise the contribution carers make to families and communities and to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. As part of their support for the Carers Week campaign, West Berkshire Council is inviting local carers to a number of free events taking place across West Berkshire.

Crossroads Care will host a Picnic Tea Party for carers and cared for on:

  • Wednesday 13th June 2018 from 2.00pm to 3.30pm in Frank Hutchings Hall, Thatcham RG18 4QH.

The focus this year is healthy living so people are invited to come along and find out about how to improve their lifestyle and find out what is available in their community.

If you would like to attend call Crossroads Care 01635 30008 or email: care@oxfordshirecrossroads.org.uk.

Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub will host the following events for carers only on:

  • Thursday 14th June 2018 Pottery Painting at The Ugly Duckling 2-3 Bartholomew Street, Newbury from 10.00am – 12noon,
  • Friday 15th June 2018 an afternoon tea 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start in The Bear Hotel, Hungerford, and on
  • Thursday 21st June 2018 a Barge Trip will set sail from Newbury along the Kennet and Avon Canal at 12.45pm.

Places must be booked for these 3 events by calling Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub 0118 3247333 or email: ask@berkshirecarershub.org.

Councillor Graham Bridgman, Executive Member for Adult Social Care said “A carer is someone who provides 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 sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own well-being whilst caring. The impact of caring on health and well-being should not be underestimated. For many carers, time spent socialising has to be meticulously planned and justified. Each June Carers Week puts the spotlight on carers across the UK and highlights the vital role that they play. They are at the heart of community care and their contribution deserves to be recognised, supported and celebrated.

For more information about caring and support available in West Berkshire visit http://westberks.gov.uk/carersinfo, or click on the following link:

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