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This week is Carers Week

Carers Week runs from Monday 10 June to Sunday 16 June, with a theme this year of ‘Putting Carers on the Map’.

This annual campaign raises awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges facing unpaid carers and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK.

It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

A number of activities for carers will be taking place throughout Carers Week. In North Ayrshire, Carers Gateway provides a lifeline, offering information, advice, emotional support, training and connections to local resources for unpaid carers. #

You can find out more about this week’s events in the latest edition of the North Ayrshire Carers Gateway newsletter – scroll to page 12 for the full events run-through.

The newsletter also contains lots of important news from the service, including changes to Carers Allowance, an exciting new information website, and new carers groups in Kilwinning, Irvine and Arran, as well as details of upcoming summer trips and events.

As part of the Carers Week celebrations, Gowanlea Day Service in Kilbirnie will be running ‘Music Through the Years’ sessions from Tuesday 11 June to Friday 14 June from 1.30pm to 2.45pm each day, where carers (both formal and informal) can come along, enjoy an afternoon tea and meet the staff. No booking is required and admission is via a donation. To find out more, call 01505 684985.

62% of those who care, or previously provided care, said they had ‘no choice’ in taking on the role because no other options were available. Today we launch our 'No choice but to care' report, covering the impact of caring on unpaid carers.

According to recent research by the Carers Week charity, 62% of those who care, or previously provided care, said they had ‘no choice’ in taking on the role because no other options were available.

Find out more about the support available for carers on the dedicated NAHSCP webpage.

Carers week graphic with map and text that reads 'putting carers on the map'
Getting support this Carers Week

If you are an unpaid carer, an Adult Carer Support Plan can assist you and others to understand the impact your caring role has on your life, helping you to access support and improve your health and wellbeing – regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or your level of need.

You don’t need to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time. You could be working as well as caring, which could be having a big impact on your life.

Having a conversation with our Carer Support Worker and completing an Adult Carer Support Plan can help to ensure you receive the right information, advice and support at the right time. You can complete our Self-Referral for Adult Carer Support Plan form online.

North Ayrshire Council is a Carer Positive Employer, and more information on the support available in the workplace for staff who care for someone can be found in our Supporting Carers Policy.

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