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Council to celebrate role of carers

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A number of events are being put on by Dudley Council and partner organisations next week to celebrate the vital contribution made by carers in the borough.

Carers are being invited to walks, poetry sessions, open days, breakfast meets and afternoon teas to mark National Carers Week, which runs from June 11 to June 17.

A number of events are being held across the borough, starting on Saturday (June9) with a Family Funday at DY1 in Stafford Street in Dudley town centre from 11am to 2pm.

On Monday June 11, there will be afternoon tea and cake put on for carers from 1pm to 4pm at Dudley Carers Hub, based at Queens Cross Network in Queens Cross, Dudley. There will be entertainment from the Feel Good Choir and a local history talk around Memories of the Black Country. Carers interested in attending need to book their place with the Carers Network Team by calling 01384 813239 or emailing carers.network@dudley.gov.uk

On Tuesday June 12, from 11am to 1pm there will be a morning of poetry at Dudley Library in St James’s Road to help people reflect on their lives as carers. Places are limited and must be booked by calling Cara Evans on (01384) 815555.

There will be an open day at the Dudley Carers Hub on Thursday June 14 from 10.30am to 6.30pm. Carers can drop in and find out information about the support services available to help them stay healthy and connected. There will be free health checks and taster relaxation treatments, and members of the Carers Network Team on hand for a chat.

Also on Thursday June 14, at 12.30pm carers are invited to a gentle amble around Saltwells Nature Reserve in Netherton. It is a good opportunity to meet other carers and discuss the help available with representatives from local services. For further information contact Alan Preece at Saltwells Nature Reserve on (01384) 812795, or by emailing alan.preece@dudley.gov.uk

Finally, on Friday June 15, there will be a tea and chat session for carers at DY1 from 10am to 12 noon. Carers are invited for a free breakfast bap and a brew, and can book places by calling (01384) 573381.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for adult social care, said:

It’s fantastic to see so many events taking place across the borough to support local carers. We know that carers often put their own needs to the back of the queue, often delaying doctors appointments or breaks from caring which could help them stay well. Carers Week is an opportunity for us to reach out to them, to discuss in informal settings what we and other organisations can do to help make their lives easier and to help them stay healthy.

Groups such as Dudley CVS and Healthwatch Dudley are working with the council to help put the events on.

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