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Sunday 23 April 2017

Do you look after someone? Who is looking after you?


Residents in Cheshire East who look after relatives or family friends are being invited to a free drop-in event to learn more about the support available to them.

The event will take place at Crewe Lifestyle Centre on Tuesday, April 25, from 1pm-4pm, and will act as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for carers to obtain information and advice from a host of provider services.

It has been organised by Cheshire East Council, NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS South Cheshire CCG, Care4CE and Crewe Town Council.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for adult care and integration, said: “This free event will provide our residents with a great opportunity to talk to organisations which provide services and support for people in different caring roles.

“Sometimes it is difficult to find out what help there is available across Cheshire East, so we wanted to bring everything together under one roof.”

It’s hoped the event will attract people who do not yet identify as being a carer, so they can be introduced to the support they deserve to receive.

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, said: “We’re working with our partners in the Caring Together transformation programme to achieve our shared ambition of ensuring that all carers are valued and supported.

“This is vital as there are more than 21,000 people in Eastern Cheshire who identify themselves as being unpaid carers – and the real figure is likely to be much higher.”

Councillor Benn Minshall, chairman of the community plan committee at Crewe Town Council, added: “Carers are often unsung heroes in any community and sometimes aren’t aware of the support they can access. 

“The town council is delighted to support the event and to help assist carers to have the opportunity to meet and talk to others about services which are available to them.”

There will be refreshments provided at the event and the nearest parking is available at the county courts and Oak Street car parks, where there is a short-stay option of two hours, which can be reimbursed at the lifestyle centre reception.

Katy Brownbill, senior communications manager for NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG, added: “Engaging with our local population is something the CCG is passionate about.

“Events such as this are a great way for us to work with carers from our local communities to understand their needs and to clearly demonstrate the ways in which we’re working with our health and social care partners to support them.”

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