Spolight shines on unpaid carersBy Becky Barnes
July 04, 2012
Services providing support for unpaid carers came together to raise awareness during Carers Week.
Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action (BFVA) ran information stalls across the borough last week.
Melanie Randall, carers development worker at BFVA said: “It was a fantastic week of networking. People are really paying attention to the fact that there are unpaid carers.”
There were community group stands in four GP surgeries plus exhibits at businesses and Heatherwood Hospital.
Melanie added: “We have lots of big companies involved and lots of support from the community.
“It is a great networking event for organisations and carers to meet one another.”
The event was supported by Great Hollands councillor Mary Temperton, who visited a stall and then attended the carers’ lunch on Friday, June 22.
Chris Bounds, BFVA care services manager, said: “We believe in partnership working to create seamless support for unpaid carers.”
The partners involved this year were Bracknell Forest Council, Carers UK, Stroke Association, Forest Care, Wokingham & Districts Mencap, Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Parkinson’s UK, the Department for Work and Pensions, Community Mental Health Team, Cruse Bereavement and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. For further information on support services and networking events visit www.bfva.org