South Tyneside Adult Carer Service celebrate National Carers Week
South Tyneside Adult Carer Service (STACS) celebrated National Carers Week during June with a range of activities for carers to enjoy.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This year’s theme was to identify the ways of supporting carers to stay healthy and connected. Helping to build communities that support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.
The week started with a self-care session where carers took some time to consider changes that they could make to support their physical and emotional wellbeing. We took a coach trip to York, lots of carers came along to our coffee morning and took part in a mindfulness sessions. They also had some pampering sessions at the local college’s hair and beauty department. The week ended with a celebration event organised by the local authority with healthy food demonstrations, entertainment and hand massages, while a range of services attended to share information. It was great to see so many carers able to participate and enjoy a little time out of their caring role.
Judith Harrison, Parent Carer:
“Carers Week is always something to look forward to every year. This year parent carers enjoyed a meal out, a trip to York in fabulous hot weather, a pamper day at South Tyneside College and a coffee and cake morning at the Carers Service. Fun and laughter was had by everyone.”