Building carer friendly communities

1D274907346630-today-old-young-hands-141202-01Every day about 33,000 people in Doncaster give their time to help others stay well and independent by being their carer.

Carers Week (June 6-12) is an annual 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 Carers Week Doncaster Council, Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and partners are drawing attention to just how important caring is and how they are working together to build Carer Friendly Communities in Doncaster.

Carer Friendly Communities are places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that carers are individuals with needs of their own.

All carers are different and have their own individual circumstances. Doncaster Council also appreciates the special role of young carers and siblings of children with disabilities and now has a Young Carer’s Card to identify people as young carers and let medical professionals know the person they care for has given consent for them to discuss issues. For more information on the cards call 01302 366680 and for more information on Doncaster Young Carers Service visit www.barnardos.org.uk/doncasteryoungcarers.

Application forms for the card are available from the carer’s place of education and include a chance to sign up for a free leisure pass. Filled in applications for Young Carers Cards should be sent to the Aiming High Team, Civic Office, Floor Three, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU, or emailed to aiminghighbusinessunit@doncaster.gov.uk.

There are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers Week, www.carersweek.org:

  • Recommend an organisation or service that is carer friendly
  • Invite organisations or services to take steps to become carer friendly
  • Join the thousands of people and organisations who have pledged their support for Carers Week
  • Attend an activity or event, www.doncaster.gov.uk/carersoffer.

Councillor Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for Adult Social Care said: “During Carers Week we are asking people to spare a thought for those who are caring and celebrate the invaluable contribution they make to our families, communities and wider society.

“Taking a few minutes to ask someone if they need anything from the shops or just asking how they are doing can make a real difference.

“I would encourage everyone to sign-up to Carers Week and find out how they can help build Carer Friendly Communities.”

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