Dorset County Council National Carers Week


National Carers Week runs from 10 – 16 June, 2013. The week will focus on how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively they are being supported, the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.

This year’s theme is Prepared to Care? and the week will highlight the impact of caring on daily life and, with an ageing population and higher incidence of disability and serious illness, encourage the public to think whether they could manage a caring role.

The campaign will also highlight support available for carers to make sure they are accessing all the practical and emotional support they need to care safely and look after themselves. Some 2,000 organisations will be involved in over 10,000 Carers Week Prepared to Care? events.

National Carers Week takes place every year to recognise and celebrate the 6.5 million people throughout the UK caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail or has a disability.

The council also employ a number of carers’ caseworkers to provide emotional support and help carers plan how they will manage the task ahead of them. These workers are available to support the carer whether the cared for person receives a service or not.

If you are not receiving support in your caring role and are not sure what to do next, contact the Adult Access Team, Dorset Direct, 01305 221016 Email:

You can also log onto to access more information for carers in Dorset.

Dorset based events to mark Carers’ Week include:
North Dorset event – Monday 10 June – The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
West Dorset event – Tuesday 11 June – Unitarian Church, East Street, Bridport
Dorchester event – Wednesday 12 June – Dorchester Day Centre
Christchurch event – Wednesday 12 June – Priory House, Quay Rd, Christchurch
East Dorset event – Thursday 13 June – St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Ferndown
Weymouth and Portland event – Friday 14 June – Weymouth Community Fire Station, Radipole Road, Weymouth.
All events run from 10am till 2pm and will include:
A buffet lunch
The opportunity to meet and talk with local Carers Caseworker and access other support and advice
The opportunity to find out about the Carers’ Activity Service.

June 11, 2013 |

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