Southport Town Hall. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

This week, Sefton has thrown its support behind the national Carers Week campaign making caring visible, valued and supported.

Working in partnership with Sefton Carers Centre, the council has been sharing messages on social media throughout the week highlighting the challenges of caring and sharing the information and support that carers need.

Sefton Carers Centre has also hosted a number of sessions across the week for unpaid carers in the region.

The Waterloo-based Centre has been offering free PPE and Covid-19 tests to Sefton’s 34,000 carers to enable them to look after their friends and family safely. 

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said:

“Carers Week is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the vital work done by unpaid carers here in Sefton.

“There are thousands of residents in Sefton who support a family member or friend where that help is invaluable to their health and wellbeing and without their care and support, their loved ones would struggle to manage.”

Vicky Keeley, CEO of the Carers Centre said:

“We are delighted to take this opportunity to recognise the thousands of unpaid carers in Sefton this week.

“The contribution unpaid carers make to the people they care for is crucial and we want to highlight the support available to carers and their rights under the Care Act 2014.

“There are so many extraordinary carers in Sefton who work without respite, their dedication and selflessness is an inspiration and deserves to be highlighted and how important it is to support our unpaid carers.”

National Carers Week runs from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th June. It aims to recognise and support the hard work of unpaid carers within the community.

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