Carers’ efforts celebrated

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The lEEds community will come together to support unpaid carers and celebrate their vital contribution during Carers Week 2017.

Events, trips and information stalls will take place throughout the week, which runs from June 12 to 18, across the UK.

On Saturday, June 17, Carers Leeds will host a Great Get Together event in memory of the late MP Jo Cox to bring people together and show support for all carers throughout the city.

People are being urged to join the event on Briggate, outside Debenhams.

Val Hewison, chief executive at Carers Leeds, said: “We recognise that Carers Week is just one week of the year for the 72,000 unpaid family

carers in Leeds, but this is a key time to raise awareness of the crucial role of carers, and to highlight the breadth of support available from Carers Leeds.

“Offering general and specialist carer support all year round, we have a dedicated team who give timely information, advice and support to carers throughout the city. This Carers Week we hope to reach even more carers through an extensive programme of events run throughout the city in an aim to reach carers in every community.”

The eight charities driving Carers Week are calling on individuals, services and organisations across the country to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where carers are supported to look after their loved ones well, while being recognised as individuals with needs of their own. To find out more about the various events in Leeds visit http://www.carersleeds.org.uk/events/.

Carers Leeds will launch a new LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) carers’ support group on June 19 which will be held on the third Monday of each month between 1pm and 3pm at Carers Leeds.