Caring for the Carers
People across South Tyneside who look after a family member or friend because of an illness, disability, mental health condition or substance use are being encouraged to check they know what support is available to them this Carers' Rights Day.
To mark the day the Council's commissioned service, South Tyneside Adult Carers Service, (STACS) is holding an information event on Thursday 23 November between 10am and 2pm. The event will take place on the first floor of the Salvation Army Building in Wawn Street, South Shields. Local organisations will be on hand to offer advice, information and support while carers can also try out some relaxation therapies including Reiki and head and shoulder massage.
Councillor Ruth Berkley, Lead Member for Adults, Health and Independence, said: "We are committed to helping all our residents stay healthy and well throughout their lives. It is vital that our carers understand their rights, and know where to go for support when they need it.
"Having been a carer, I know how challenging it can be, and seeking support can be hard and stressful. Knowing that help is out there is important. It is also vital that those who are balancing caring and employment know their rights too. I am pleased that as a Council we have our own carers policy and support our staff to balance their responsibilities, which gives a choice to those who need it.
"By marking Carers' Rights' Day we are empowering our carers so that they feel confident to ask for support and challenge people when their needs are not met, be that in the workplace, education or when interacting with professionals."
The Council has become a member of Carers UK Employers for Carers which gives employers and employees with a caring role access to digital resources providing information and support. Free digital resources are available to all residents and Small and Medium Sized Organisations at www.efcdigital.org using login code ofEFC1953
Councillor Paul Dean, Lead Member for the Voluntary Sector, Partnerships and Equalities, added: "We recognise the challenges that caring for a family member, neighbour or friend can bring. That's why it's important to mark this day and make sure our army of unsung heroes know they are not alone.
"Our carers carry out incredibly valuable roles in our communities so it is only right that we raise awareness of their tireless contribution and thank them for all that they do."