Do you provide a caring role for family, friend or a neighbour?
From 6th – 12th June is Carer’s Week, a national annual campaign ran by the Carers Trust, this year’s theme is ‘Making Caring Visible’. There are over 33,000 carers in Doncaster with over 700 children and young people providing care and support to family members.
Caring can be a source of satisfaction in people’s lives, it can help deepen and strengthen relationships, developing skills you never imagined you had and can bring out self-resilience you never thought was possible. Caring impacts on all aspects of life, relationships, health, finances, many carers say they feel lonely or isolated therefore the impact of caring should not be underestimated. Thousands of carers are also juggling paid work or careers alongside their caring role.
Therefore it’s time to ‘Make Caring Visible’ to ensure that carers get vital information and support that’s needed to help carers today and in the future. It is also an opportunity to shine a light on the amazing caregiving done by local people across our communities in Doncaster.
Councillor Andrea Robinson, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “We have an estimated 33,000 informal carers in Doncaster supporting family members, friends, neighbours and others around them and we very much rely on them to ensure vulnerable people across the borough are supported to live as independent and as healthy lives as possible. Carers Week is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness so that carers know what is available to support them perform this incredibly important role.”
Doncaster Council’s Young Carers Service supports Young Carers. The Young Carer Service supports young carers to be recognised in their role and to have the same opportunities and life chances as other children and young people of a similar age. If you think you are a young carer or you know someone who is and would benefit from support please visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/youngcarers for more information
Councillor Lani-Mae Ball, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Young People said “Young carers don’t always realise that they are a young carer; helping with medication, cooking, cleaning, or helping to dress the person they look after; it can be a lot of pressure and our aim is to support them through everyday life and the pressures of looking after someone else. I would encourage any family who has a child or young person who provides a caring role to get in touch with the Young Carers team.”
If you are a carer or know someone who cares for a loved one and would like further information about the support available, visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/carers
Making Space is a commissioned service provider who support adult carers of adults. Making Space can support people in a caring role, helping to enable carers to be connected in their community and give balance to aid people in their caring roles, call them on 01302 986900 or email DoncasterCarers@makingspace.co.uk
So who is a carer? A carer or caregiver is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse issue, or who needs more help as they grow older. If this is you, you are a carer but you may say that you are just a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a helpful neighbour. In Doncaster there are around 33,000 people of all ages making a vital and significant contribution to our borough by providing unpaid care and support to family members or close friends who could not manage without their help, this includes young carers.
What do carers do? For some a caring role can be sudden, for others, caring responsibilities can grow slowly over time, for example, your parents can’t manage on their own any longer; your partner’s or your child’s mental or physical health gradually worsens. The support that carers provide hugely varies, ranging from a few hours a week, such as collecting prescriptions and providing meals, helping with finances through to giving significant emotional or personal care day and night.