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Date: 23 September 2019

Time: 01:45

Image: Two parents/carers and a young man

Recognising and supporting carers during Carers Week

Story posted/last updated: 06 June 2019

Carers Week, taking place between 10 and 16 June, is an annual awareness campaign designed to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers and whilst it can be a hugely rewarding experience, carers often find it challenging to take care of their own well-being whilst caring. Caring without the right information and support can be tough and this year’s official campaign focuses on ‘getting carers connected’ –  linking carers up with all of the necessary information and support they need.

In recognition of this, UHB is hosting a series of information support stands at each of the hospital sites throughout Carers Week where the Trust’s carer co-ordinator team will be on hand to talk to patients, visitors and staff about the carer services available at UHB, give out "carer packs" and offer advice on all other aspects of caring. A representative from the Carers Network group will also be available to support members of staff who are carers outside of work.

Stop by on:

Monday 10 June 2019 11:00 – 15:00 Health Information Hub, First floor (top of escalator), Heartlands Hospital Information stand co-hosted with "Help Harry Help Others", a support service for carers of cancer sufferers
Tuesday 11 June 2019 Health Information Hub, Outpatient Department, Solihull Hospital Information stand co-hosted with Carers Trust Solihull
Wednesday 12 June 2019 Atrium (via main entrance), Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Information stand co-hosted with Birmingham Carers Hub
Thursday 13 June 2019 Health Information Hub, Treatment Centre, Richard Salt Unit, Good Hope Hospital Information stand co-hosted with Carers United, Sutton Coldfield

For more information, please contact the UHB carer coordinator teams.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Tel: 0121 371 3438

Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals

Tel: 0121 424 3945

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