Special week of events to raise awareness of hard work from Northants carers

Carers Week is a UK-wide awareness campaign which takes place from today (Monday) to Sunday (12 June), with the aim of the week to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for by raising awareness of carers at a national and local level.
Carers Week is a UK-wide awareness campaign which takes place from today (Monday) to Sunday (12 June), with the aim of the week to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for by raising awareness of carers at a national and local level.

A special campaign has started to raise awareness of the commitment, hard work and selflessness of Northamptonshire carers in the community.

Carers Week is a UK-wide awareness campaign which takes place from today (Monday) to Sunday (12 June), with the aim of the week to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for by raising awareness of carers at a national and local level.

People are being encouraged to attend a week full of activities and events organised by Northamptonshire Carers and partners.

Due to the success last year, the week will come to a close with ‘The Last Night Of The Proms’ featuring Northamptonshire Carers Choir, Ukulele group and acclaimed guest Brass Ensemble.

Mark Major, chief executive officer of Northamptonshire Carers, said: “It’s almost impossible to estimate the true value of care provided by people who we regard as carers and even more difficult to imagine the impact on people if that care was not there.

“The reality is that in our communities there are people without whom life would be not only difficult but impossible.

“Your GP should know if you are a carer so they can offer health checks and offer appointments that fit in with your situation.

“Telling your GP can also trigger advice services that will help carers to access information about respite support available in your local community.

“Evidence shows that caring can cause ill health, poverty and social isolation.

“When caring is intensive and unsupported people can struggle to hold down a job and carry out your usual daily activities.”

Events taking place this week include:

Tuesday, June 7:

• Awareness Stall, 10am – 4pm in the Main Entrance Kettering General Hospital, Rothwell Road Kettering NN16 8UZ

• Northampton Carers Cafe, 11am Elim Church, Gladstone Road Northampton NN5 7EG

Wednesday, June 8:

• Awareness Stall, 10am – 4pm in the Main Entrance Kettering General Hospital, Rothwell Road Kettering NN16 8UZ

• Awareness Stand, 2pm – 4pm in Northampton General Hospital,Hospital Street

• Carers Awareness Event, 10am – 12 noon Towcester Medical Centre, Link Way Towcester NN12 6HH

• Awareness Stand, 1pm – 3pm at the Weedon GP Surgery, Newcroft Weedon NN7 4RX

Thursday, June 9:

• Information ‘Pop Up’ Stand, 10am – 12 noon and 2pm-4pm Barclays Bank, 8 Market Street, Wellingborough NN8 1AT

• Carers Lunch Club, 12 noon at the Queen Eleanor PH, Newport Pagnell Road Northampton NN4 7JJ

• Awareness Stall, 10am – 4pm in the Main Entrance Kettering General Hospital, Rothwell Road Kettering NN16 8UZ

• Coffee afternoon, 1.30pm – 3.30pm fundraiser for the Carers Choir at 123 Midland Road, Wellingborough NN8 1LU – download poster

• Awareness Stand, Long Buckby GP Surgery, Station Road Long Buckby NN6 7QB – time to be confirmed

Friday, June 10:

• Information Stand between 12.30pm and 2.30pm at the St. Crispin Retirement Village, St Crispin Drive Northampton NN5 4 RB

• Awareness Stall, 10am – 4pm in the Main Entrance Kettering General Hospital, Rothwell Road Kettering NN16 8UZ

• Awareness Stand, Moulton Surgery Northampton Lane North, Moulton NN3 7QP – time to be confirmed

Saturday, June 11:

• Last Night of the Proms, 7.30pm at the Northampton High School, Newport Pagnell Road Northampton NN4 6UU. Tickets £10 including a drink, under 16′s free. Further details can be found by calling 01933 677837.