During this year’s carers week, the team at Liverpool Carers Centre will be delivering a ‘Hug in a Mug’ tea break box to 1,000 unpaid carers across the city. These boxes will contain a mug, tea, coffee, and other goodies within. The team have now organised and packed the boxes and will deliver “hugs in mugs” to 200 carers each day throughout the week.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. Caring for someone can be rewarding, but often it can be an extremely difficult and stressful role that can take over every aspect of a Carers’ daily life. Many Carers feel isolated and invisible, a truth that has come to the fore during the pandemic. Carers week takes place from 7th - 13th June and provides the opportunity to shine a spotlight on Carers and the work they do, with the theme this year being ‘Making Caring Visible & Valued’.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities and highlight the vital role carers play in our communities, drawing attention to just how important caring is.
Many carers still feel uncertain about leaving home because of the risk of passing the virus to the person they care for and Liverpool Carers Centre want to show them they are there to provide support during the easing of restrictions. Carers Centre Manager, Shelley Southern commented – “It is more important than ever that we continue to ensure that Carers around us feel valued, the contributions they make in our communities are recognised and that they remain visible.”
Team members have written blogs and we have also welcomed poems from our Carers Writing Group – this information will be promoted on twitter/ facebook and Instagram. We have also produced short films which will be publicised on social media.
In addition, the team have been working with LFC Foundation and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service who will be preparing 50 cream teas for carers. On the morning of Wednesday 9th June, LFC will deliver the teas to the Carers Centre and in the afternoon, the cream teas will be delivered to carers by the Fire Service Principle officers and Fire Service volunteers.
Organisation Chief Executive Tom Harrison said, “Local Solutions has been supporting carers for almost 25 years, but this year our work feels especially important as it has been such a tough year for carers. I’m so proud of our team at Liverpool Carers Centre, who have worked hard to ensure that carers have remained supported through this challenging time”.
Registered Carers in Liverpool can receive support from Liverpool Carers Centre, whether they just need advice or are looking to access their Health & wellbeing activities. If you care for a loved one, but are not a registered carer, you can find out more about getting a carers assessment here.
Liverpool Carers Centre is a member or the Carers Trust