Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A pampering afternoon, a walk in the park and a story telling circle are just three of the activities organised by Peace Hospice Care as part of National Carers Week.

This nationwide focus on June 9 - 13th  aims to raise awareness on the growing number of people who care for a disabled, ill or frail relative or friend and offer support and advice.

Statistics reveal there are 6.5 million carers in the UK, 1 in 9 people combine work with caring and every day 6,000 people take on new caring responsibilities.

This huge unpaid workforce of care often gets unrecognized and unsupported, but National Carers Week aims to reach out to the thousands of carers in the UK who are currently missing out on services and support.

In May 2014 Peace Hospice Care organised a successful 'Pampering Afternoon ' when they provided massage and manicures, complementary therapies  and relaxation time to carers.

This popular  activity will be repeated on Thursday June 12. A craft group workshop and a morning of art are  planned throughout the week.

Practical advice is also available for carers , signposting and offering information on Carer's passport discount cards which give discounts on shopping, relaxation, dining and entertainment.

Peace Hospice Care Senior Social Worker Doreen Pattenson said, ' Being a carer can be demanding and confusing.  Carers also need support.  During National Carers Week we are reaching out to carers offering advice and five days of group activities that provide important 'me time'.



Carers Week activities at Peace Hospice Care:

Monday June 9: Carers Walk in Cassiobury Park - Walk and talk in the fresh air.   1.30 - 3.30pm

Tuesday June 10: Craft Group.  2 - 4pm

Wednesday June 11: Exploration of self through art. 10.30 - 12.30pm

Thursday June 12: Carers Pamper Afternoon 2 - 4pm

Friday June 13: Story Circle. 10.30 - 12pm

Numbers are limited, please book in advance.  For further information contact Doreen Pattenson 01923 33330