Celebrating carers in Kirklees

Carers week

Carers Week is a time to celebrate caring and all the challenges that come with it.

This year the themes is ‘Make caring visible, valued and supported’. Caring and its challenges do not go unrecognised and sharing the support available in Kirklees for unpaid carers is our main focus of the week.

Events and activities

Carers Count, our partner has put together activities/events for the week, here are a few of them:

  • Movie Club – If you love a good film, join us online for a movie chat to discuss your thoughts on the film ‘uncaged’ – Monday 6 June, 17:30 – 18:30, Virtual.
  • Cuppa and Chat – Talk about your caring role, seek advice from our Group Workers and find out about the support Carers Count have to offer – Huddersfield Starbucks, Mon June 6, 18:30 – 20:00 and Cleckheaton Fire Station Community Room, Wed June 8, 10:30 – 12:00
  • Celebration event – Enjoy fun activities like wellbeing walks, nail bar, massages, tai chi, crafts and music making sessions – Greenhead Park, Tues 7 June, 10:00 to 15:00
  • Tai Chi – Join Andrea for a calming and relaxing Tai chi session from the comfort of your own home – Fri 10 June, 11:00 – 11:30
  • Men’s Group – Talk to other male carers about your role, get advice and meet new people. Sainsbury’s, Dewsbury Thurs 9 June, 16:00 – 18:00
  • Wellbeing Group – Join us to talk about carer wellbeing, as well as make friends. (All carers) Birstall Community Centre, Thurs 9 June, 10:00 – 12:00. (Mental Health Carers) The Crescent, 40 Station Rd, Batley WF17 5SU, Thurs 9 June, 11:00 – 13:00
  • Meditation – It can be beneficial for helping sleep, managing intense thoughts patterns, releasing anxiety and improving mood – Fri 10 June, 11:30 – 12:15

Find out what else is on with Carers Count. To book on to any of these activities click the individual links or call 0300 012 0231.

Supporting you

Lions Club Message in a bottle

Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle is a simple but effective way for people to keep their basic personal and medical details where they can be found in an emergency on a standard form and in a common location – the fridge.

Pick one of these up at any Carers week event.

Who will benefit from a message in a bottle?

Carer Lanyard

Lanyard

As an unpaid carer it can often be difficult when asked by other healthcare professionals what you do. Healthwatch Kirklees, along with the Kirklees Council, and Locala, the hospitals and mental health Trust have created a lanyard that helps other health professionals recognise you so you don’t have to explain who you are and what you do no more.

If you’re a carer and take people to the hospital, doctor, etc. and think a lanyard would help you, you can pick one up from Carers Count on 0300 012 0231 or email info@carerscount.org.uk or at any of the Carers Week events.

A big thank you!

Thank you to all carers who support and care for others. Carers who are looking after family or friends work incredibly hard. This Carers Week it’s important that you are recognised and appreciated. Thank you for all that you do, you are valued, supported and visible.