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Enfield supports its caring heroes

Published Monday, 01 June 2015

It’s ‘Carers Week’ from 8 – 15 June and Enfield Council is working with the Enfield Carers Centre raising awareness of the support available to carers in the borough.

During the week the focus is on opportunities for all carers to find out how they can be supported.

Cllr Alev Cazimoglu, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care said: “Caring for a person who needs help with everyday tasks can be demanding. Carers are a reliable group of people who could be looking after disabled parents or children or an older person.

“They are always on-call and carry out their care duties for no pay. Often they do not even recognise that they are carers – and in Enfield there are some 30,000 of them, based on figures from the 2011 census. This is a week to reach out to carers and offer the support that they may need.”

Pamela Burke, Chief Executive at the Enfield Carers Centre added: “Our pledge during Carers Week is to reach out to many more than the 3500 carers we already know.  We want to improve the lives of unpaid carers, many of whom are caring totally unsupported. 

“Our work with GPs and hospitals helps identify and support carers at an earlier stage and we also work closely with our colleagues in the voluntary sector. It’s vital that carers get help early so that their own health doesn’t suffer.”

Key events during Carers Week
Tuesday 9 June 11am – 3pm Dugdale Centre
Thomas Hardy House, London Road, Enfield Town
Carers are invited to meet Ray James, Enfield Council’s Director of Health & Adult Social Care and other key officers. Presentations, information stalls; question and answer session, free buffet lunch

Saturday 13 June 11am – 4pm Family Fun Day
Open space in front of Enfield Town Library
Enfield Carers Centre is organising a Family Fun Day, funded by Enfield Council day as part of the ‘UK Carers Week annual awareness campaign’. 
This free-entry event aims to:
• raise awareness about the free, invaluable services the centre offers to Enfield’s unpaid family carers.
• help one in three local people who don’t recognise themselves as a carer even though they’re looking after a relative, partner or close friend who is ill, frail or disabled. 
• raise money to help young adult carers aged 16-25

First prize in the Fun Day Raffle is a free week’s holiday in a Devon Cottage boasting spectacular views donated by a local couple. A signed Tottenham Hotspur Pennant will be auctioned.

Other raffle prizes have been provided by Team Sport Indoor Karting; Mitchells & Butler; Toni & Guy and Harvetser.

There will be a range of activities and stalls for the local community to enjoy, e.g. Leyton Orient Beat-The-Goalie Football Skills Games, Irish & Greek Dancers, Cheerleaders, Refreshment Tent, free Bingo, kids’ games & activities, music & entertainment plus community information stalls.

Caring finance facts
Nationally carers save the country £119bn per year, or almost as much as the entire cost of the NHS.  That’s equivalent to £13.6m every hour, but those on Carers Allowance, caring for 35 or more hours each week get the equivalent of £1.77 per hour! 
For further information contact: Pamela Burke 0208 366 3677 visit the website or email.

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