Carers’ Centre Hull Information Bus
Carers’ Centre Hull Information Bus Takes to the Streets with a Whole Host of Community Services
Discount on Gym Memberships & other Leisure Activities plus Free Massages for Carers!
Tuesday 10th April – Saturday 14th April
Many of the estimated 23,000 unpaid carers in Hull are now receiving far greater, more accessible support and information near to their own homes with ‘Care-About, an outreach project for carers’. Outreaches are held across the city on a weekly basis and Care-About has access to an information bus four weeks a year, thanks to a generous five year grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.
What is an unpaid carer?
“A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help due to illness, disability, mental ill-health or a substance misuse problem.” Princess Royal Trust for Carers, 2010
Many individuals we meet don’t recognise themselves as carers, despite the high level of support they provide, time and time again carers tell us “it’s just something you do isn’t it? Care for a loved one when they need your support, I didn’t recognise myself as an unpaid carer”. Alison, 34, of Bransholme.
However, caring can creep up on any of us, before you know it you have less and less time to actually see what support is out there, whether it be financial, emotional or practical. Just offloading onto another person can relieve some of the stresses and strains of caring. We are here to listen and put carers and the people they care for in touch with the right support, advice and information.
Kath Nicholson Assistant Manager of the Carers Centre says: “we advise hundreds of carers every year and know that if carers are provided with the relevant information and support their caring role can be less stressful, a more positive experience and lead to better physical and mental health”
Remember… whether you are receiving Carer’s Allowance or not, you may still be classed as an unpaid carer. There is definitely more support out there than you think.
In addition to having a wide range of community services on the information bus, carers will also be able to learn about how to increase their well-being and improve their health. Gymophobics will be onboard offering discounted gym memberships for carers who register with us and the British Red Cross will be promoting their free therapeutic massage service for carers and disabled people.
The bus will be around the city on the following days:
- Tuesday 10/04/2012 North Point Bransholme- Outside Fordyke pub: 10am – 4 pm
- Wednesday 11/04/2012 Walton Street Market: 8 am – 12pm
- Thursday 12/04/2012 Elmbridge Parade – Greatfield Estate: 10am – 4pm
- Friday 13/04/2012 Tesco, Hall Road, Nr Orchard Park: 10am – 4pm
- Saturday 14/04/2012 Queen Victoria Square, City Centre: 10am – 4pm
To find out more about the work of the Centre, or support for carers generally, please telephone, email, call in the Centre or access the Carers’ Centre website on www.carerscentrehull.org.uk
For further information on the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund access the Big Lottery Reaching Communities website on http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_reaching_communities
Carers’ Centre Hull telephone: 01482 – 225078