GPs in Newham are celebrating the vital work of the borough’s carers – and backing a national call to ensure they are looked after themselves.
Caring is often one of the most difficult tasks to undertake. Although it can be very rewarding, caring without the right support or information is very tough, so it is important to let carers know they are not alone.
During this year’s Carers’ Week (10-16 June), the focus is therefore on getting carers connected, with the aim of helping them share the load and managing their own wellbeing.
Carers UK, which leads the national awareness campaign, has identified several areas of connectivity that must be improved. The charity says carers should be:
- Connected to advice and information, to ensure they know all they need to about what is available to them and what others in their situation do
- Connected to services that allow them to receive various different forms of support. Getting a carer’s assessment is a great start to this
- Connected to friends and family, preventing loneliness or isolation and ensuring understanding from those around them
- Connected to others, including fellow carers as this provides a welcome support network when it is most needed, particularly when people understand your situation
- Connected to technology, such as simple devices and apps that can help on a day-to-day basis, helping someone live independently where possible and giving their carers peace of mind when they are away.
Dr Muhammad Naqvi, a local GP and Chair of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
“Carers help those they look after every single day in an immeasurable number of ways. We must ensure that they are looked after in turn.
“The theme of this year’s Carers Week is getting carers connected – something that is vital to ensure their own wellbeing while caring for others.
“Caring can sometimes be a lonely or difficult role, and having other carers as part of a support network can provide vital help when people need it the most.
“But getting connected goes beyond just this; it’s also about connecting with local services, advice, technology and friends and family. All of this matters as part of a broad network of support for our carers.”
You don’t have to be a carer to support the campaign. You can pledge your support online, host an event raising money and awareness, and spread the word both online and in person.
For more information, visit the Carers Week website and download their free resource pack.