A helping hand for carers

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Across the Borders there are around 11,500 unpaid carers providing vital help to family, friends and neighbours and the role they play is being highlighted this week - Carers Week.

There is an estimated 6.5 million carers across the UK and everyday another 6,00 people become carers taking up the normally unpaid, responsibility.

This year’s Carers Week (June 10-16)and is focusing on the theme of preparing to care. By highlighting the challenges of caring and celebrating the contribution carers make to the people they care for and their communities.

NHS Borders is working with the Scottish Borders Council, Borders Carers Centre and the Borders Voluntary Community Care Forum (BVCCF) to host an event on Friday, June 14, from 10am-2pm at Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells. It is aimed at unpaid and family carers who want to find out more about planning for services for carers in the Scottish Borders and about making their voices heard.

John Raine, chair of NHS Borders Board said: “Carers often receive very little support or recognition. If you are an unpaid carer the Borders Carers Centre can information and support on health issues, entitlements, mobility, training, equipment and access to respite care.

“With the collaboration of these local services we can help support our carers and recognise the crucial role they play in communities throughout the Borders.”

Booking through BVCCF is required to attend on telephone 01896 757290 or by email admin@bvccf.org.uk