National week highlights the work of carers within Angus

The theme of this year’s National Carer’s Week is ‘In Sickness and in Health’ by highlighting the impact on the health and well-being of those who undertake a caring role for a family member or friend.

Research estimates that carers save the public purse £10.3 billion a year in Scotland and that around 110,000 people provide over 50 hours of care each week. Caring can impact hugely on people’s lives with three quarters of carers say their health is worse because of their caring responsibilities.

Angus Carers Centre, part of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers network, will celebrate the contribution made by the 1,859 carers registered with the Centre during Carers Week. These carers and young carers provide emotional and practical support to family members who cannot manage without their help because of disability, long term illness, substance misuse or mental health issues.

The range of events will include information stands at health centres and community hospitals, and a Carers Day held at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on June 20 (today), where around 120 carers have booked to enjoy a day of being looked after, rather than doing the looking after. A wide range of light-hearted workshop is on offer and includes: jewellery making, cup cake decorating, Zumba, photography, cooking demonstration, wine tasting and relaxation.

The events of Carers’ Week are planned to help people identify themselves as carers, provide relevant information and to also give provide an opportunity to have a break from caring.