Melksham pulls out all the stops for Carers Week
Melksham will be placing the spotlight on unpaid carers this June, with a special Carers festival at Melksham Assembly Hall and Market Place
The spotlight will be placed on unpaid carers as Melksham hosts a special festival this June.
People who are unpaid carers are invited to drop into a Carers festival on Friday 9 June which will be held at Melksham Assembly Hall and Market Place between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.
There will be a range of activities and local charities and organisations will have stands at the event and free refreshments will be available. There will be craft activities, a performance by 'Grandma and the Lion' at 4.45pm, free health checks and general information supporting all who look after someone else.
Carers Week is a national awareness week held each year, which takes place on 5-11 June. It highlights the work and support for the millions of unpaid carers in the UK.
Unpaid carers are people who care for and support friends and family members who may have a disability or illness, enabling them to live life as fully and independently as possible.
The event in Melksham has been organised and funded by Wiltshire Council's Melksham Area Board and is supported by Carer Support Wiltshire and Celebrating Age. The range of activities are suitable for all ages.
Cllr Jane Davies, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said:
Our unpaid carers are invaluable and carry out tremendous work to support those needing care in our communities. These events during Carers Week demonstrate we are here alongside key organisations for our unpaid carers. We want them to know they are valued and supported and this event is a great example of this.
In addition, Carer Support Wiltshire is hosting an event especially for younger families, at Melksham Community Campus, with a bouncy castle, inflatable disco, refreshments and a goodie bag for young carers. Carers can book onto this free event by calling 0800 181 4118 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.