Tameside Carers Centre to raise awareness for National Carers Week
Thursday 2nd June 2016 @ 14:57 by Adam Higgins
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An estimated 24,000 people in Tameside are carers, but only one in six of are receiving the support available to them.

Anyone who regularly helps a friend or relative who is elderly, sick or disabled to wash, dress, eat or make decisions on an unpaid basis could potentially be their carer.

However, most people don’t identify themselves as carers or realise they may qualify for support.

As part of National Carers’ Week next week, Tameside Council is raising awareness of Tameside Carers’ Centre – which can carry out free assessments and signpost cares to all the help, support and funding available.

Sarah Brooksbank, 31, from Stalybridge, says the Carers’ Centre has been an important lifeline for her in the 13 years she has been caring for her mother, Jill.

She said: “My mum has osteoarthritis, which got much worse after we were both in a car accident when I was 18.

“She suffers severe pain and mobility issues and – as my dad works full time – I have been her full time carer since the accident.

“Fortunately dad found out about the Carers’ Centre early on and I was assessed and put in touch with the Young Adult Carers’ group which meant I could make friends of a similar age in a similar position to me.

“There were organised trips and nights out and it was just good to be able to talk to some else in my position.

“I since joined the Carers’ Action Group, a voluntary group which organises meetings and trips. It can be quite isolating being a carer, but this encourages you to make the effort to go out and meet people.

“The Carers’ Centre has also been brilliant for providing help and advice about support services and grants.”

You can call into the Carers’ Centre, which is newly located at Hyde Town Hall, from 11am – 2pm every week day, call (0161) 342 3344 or seewww.tameside.gov.uk/carers/centre

The centre will be holding stalls at Sainsbury’s in Denton and Ashton, Tameside Hospital and Ashton Arcades during Carers’ Week.