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Carers Week

Carers Week is an annual campaign which is run to raise the awareness of carers, and to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face on a daily basis. Unpaid carers can be anyone who supports a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older.

 

Although most carers decide to take on the role of an unpaid carer due to their love and care for the person they are caring for, it does come with many challenges. Being an unpaid carer can have an impact on many aspects of their life such as; relationships, health, home, finances and even paid work. 

These challenges and impacts can be mainly overcome with the extra support from carer charities and organisations, carer support workers throughout the NHS and council services and even with the support of employer organisations who can learn to be carer friendly.

To get the support, unpaid carers first need to accept that they are unpaid carers. This can be a huge thing to overcome with most carers not recognising their roles, preferring to refer to their original roles of husband/wife, mother/daughter, father/son, friend etc. and although they are still all of these things, when the dynamics change into providing more support to their loved one on a regular basis either physically or emotionally they then become that persons carer too.

 

There are around 3000 registered carers in Dorset and around 5.7 million throughout the UK and each and everyone saves the Health and Care System £23 Billion a year according to Age UK and they also save the economy £60 billion  a year (bbc.co.uk/news).

Carers week is a time for organisations, service providers, employers and other members of the public to show their appreciation for all the daily battles that unpaid carers have.

Our way of showing appreciation and attempt to highlight carers struggles as well as promoting their rights during carers week will see The Dorset Carers Hub out on our roadshow in the far corners of Dorset. We will be out and about with our marquee, information stand, goodies and our friendly amazing volunteers. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

We will be at five different locations throughout the week ending with an activities day on the Saturday where carers will be able to sample some of the activities we provide throughout the year in our art and craft room.

Roadshow/Activities

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Monday 5th June

Carers Roadshow Sherborne

Come and see us at Pageant Gardens from 10am until 3pm.

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Wednesday 7th June

Carers Roadshow

Shaftesbury

Come and see us at the Town Hall from 10am until 3pm.

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Friday 9th June

Carers Roadshow

Beaminster

Come and see us at Beaminster Town Square from 10am until 3pm.

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Tuesday 6th June

Carers Roadshow

Lyme Regis

Come and see us on the beachfront from 10am until 3pm

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Thursday 8th June

Carers Roadshow

Swanage

Come and see us on the beachfront from 10am until 3pm

Knitting Class

Saturday 10th June

Activities Day

Come and see our activities centre and try some of the fabulous activities we have to offer throughout the year. Activities on offer for this day are; lino print, collage, cross-stitch, crochet, knitting and colouring.

Sessions are from 11am to 12noon, 1pm to 2pm and 3pm to 4pm.

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Help and Care Dementia Awareness Drop-in

Break from Reading

Dorset Council

Sturminster Library

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Rethink Carers

Walk & Talk

Library

Dorset Council

Blandford Library

Fresh Baked Scones

Carer Support Dorset

Cream Tea

Academic Library

Dorset Council

Gillingham Library

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Parent carer Foundation

Drop-in Event

Colleagues

Caring for Carers

Primary Care Network

Colorful Cupcakes

Cake for Carers

North Dorset Primary Care Network

Library

Dorset Council

Sherborne Library

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Rethink Carers

Art Therapy Wimbobrne

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Rethink Carers

Cream Tea Bridport

Coffee Time

Dorset Council

Coffee Afternoon

Young Painter

Carers Support Dorset

Young Carer Event

Pirate Flag

MYTIME Young carers 

Adventure Pirates

Family at a Beach

Rethink Carers

Beach Walk, Weymouth

Information Technology

The Adam Practice

Carers Information Event

Carer events from other organisations

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