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Carers Week 14 - 20 June 2010 - A Life Of My Own
Wednesday 9th June, 2010

It’s Carers Week from 14th until 20th June 2010. Now in its tenth year, this year’s campaign theme is “A Life of My Own” and will highlight some of the incredible stories of carers. It will focus on people who describe how they have managed to create a life of their own and those who feel they are unable to.

This very special week celebrates the contribution that carers make. There are thousands of events and activities dedicated to these unique individuals, taking place throughout the UK.

Locally, the Worshipful Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Michael Winstanley and Mayoress Councillor Judith Atherton will launch the week from the Carer’s Centre, Hindley on Monday 14th June.

There will be lots of activities happening in the Carer’s Centre. Kicking off with a coffee morning, followed by a whole host of keep fit classes including Wii fit, tai chi, belly dancing plus all important relaxation techniques.

People will also get the chance learn new skills including flower arranging, making jewellery, cards and origami. People will be on hand to give advice on benefits and blood pressure checks. Simply pop in and have a look round or book one of the sessions in advance.

The centre will be open weekdays from 9am until 5pm. The one-stop-shop will provide carers with practical information, advice and guidance in helping them with their caring role.

The Worshipful Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Michael Winstanley says “Wigan is a very caring place. We have more than 47,000 carers living in the borough all busy looking after friends, relatives and neighbours who due to physical, mental illness can not manage at home without their help. “

“Supporting carers is crucial,” says Councillor Keith Cunliffe, Healthier Communities and Older People Champion. “They often miss out on the things that we all take for granted; going on holiday, eating out or chilling out in front of the TV without any worries or responsibilities. Its important that they are given the opportunity to take a break when they need it, supported at times of crisis and given financial support.”

The week also sees the launch of the new carer’s directory, which is full of useful information about local community care services, benefits and health issues. It lists contact details of organisations both locally and nationally that can provide help and support. Visit www.wigan.gov.uk/carers and click on the carers information directory.

Carer’s could also benefit from the Carers Emergency Card, giving carers across the borough peace of mind . Write a tailored plan to suite individual needs and in the event of an emergency this plan is put into action with one telephone call. What better week to sign up? Call the Carer’s support team on 01942 705 983 to get your own card.

To book a place on one of the sessions or find out more information call 01942 705 959.

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