Carers’ action-packed days in Rotherham

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NATIONAL Carers’ Week has seen five action packed days of events at Rotherham.

And it all winds up with an information fayre on Effingham Street in the town centre from 10am-3pm, which is open to all.

The week began with a healthy eating event, when health trainer Karl Miller of NHS Rotherham gave advice on diets to keep the mind and body at their best, followed by mini exercise sessions for carers and those they care for.

Among those who attended were Eileen Thompson, who has mobility problems following a stroke, and her friend Pat Jennings who assisted her on a shopping trip.

Pat said: “This event is really helpful for me, because I am diabetic and also quite immobile following my stroke, so it’s helpful to know what I can do to keep my weight down.”

Coun Mahroof Hussain, Cabinet Member for Community Development, Engagement and Young People’s Issues, who has spearheaded One Town, One Community, said: “There are more than 30,000 carers in the borough who play a vital role in looking after their loved ones. Events like Carers Week bring people together from across our community in recognising the huge contribution carers make to our society. It is an opportunity for their efforts to be praised and for them to ensure they are aware of the support that is available to them locally.”

On June 17 organizations supporting Rotherham carers will hold information stands from 10am-3pm on Effingham Street. Local organisations, such as LINkrotherham, Age UK, RotherFed, Cancer Action Rotherham and Yorkshire Housing which provide support and advice to carers, will demonstrate just what support is on offer locally.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Coun Shaun Wright and local MPs will join the celebrations at 1pm.

Visitors can browse the stalls, have a chat, share their experiences and find out more information about support and advice that may be available.

National Carers’ Week highlights the important role played by almost six million people who act as unpaid carers in the UK, contributing an estimated £119bn to the economy.

The week’s events were organised as part of a national campaign by the charity Carers UK to celebrate ‘ordinary people who do an extraordinary job’. They are supported in Rotherham by One Town, One Community, which brings people together, regardless of their background, culture or life experiences to break down barriers and build even stronger bonds within the community.

For details of support available in the borough contact Carers Corner on 01709 254809.

For more information on One Town, One Community, visit the website www.rotherham.gov.uk/onetownonecommunity.