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It’s time for Norfolk to Think Carers

10 June 2019

This week is Carers week (10-16 June) and Norfolk County Council will be holding a special event to celebrate and support the thousands of unpaid carers across Norfolk.

The event which is being held on Friday 14 June in the Forum, Norwich between 10am-4pm aims to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across Norfolk.

From 11.45am we invite Norfolk Businesses and media to come along and listen to guest speakers who will talk about the Carers Charter for Norfolk which was launched last year, encourage businesses to sign up to becoming carer friendly, and talk about the support that is available in Norfolk.

Andrew Proctor, Leader of Norfolk County Council who will be speaking at the event said:  “With one in nine of the workforce across the UK combining caring for a loved one with paid work it’s really important that businesses have flexible working policies in place that mean carers do not have to leave their paid jobs.  This is good for the employee and also makes good business sense as the employer will be able to retain loyal staff and fulfil their corporate and social responsibility.”

Andrew will also be taking part in our special 'Conversations with carers' segment.  This is where a number of business people from across Norfolk will be paired with a carer to have a conversation and learn about life as an unpaid carer.

There will be information stalls and advice available all day as well as a timetable of activities which carers are encouraged to book onto including laughter yoga and a wellbeing workshop.  The day is a chance for carers to come together and celebrate their role as a carer, as well as getting information and support to help with their own wellbeing.

There are an estimated 100,000 carers in Norfolk.  A carer is someone who provides unpaid support and care on a regular basis to a relative or friend who, due to frailty, illness or disability, would not be able to live independently without them.

Carers Matter Norfolk offers a range of services, including a seven day a week advice line offering information, advice, guidance and listening support, one-to-one support in the community, as well as advocacy and support planning which help carers to be better connected to their community and reduce social isolation.

Alongside the event Norfolk County Council will also be using Carers Week to launch a new Think Carers campaign which will be seen across Norfolk.  The campaign will encourage people to identify themselves as a carer as well as highlighting the issues of hidden carers to businesses across Norfolk.  The campaign will be run heavily on social media with the hashtag #ThinkCarers and we encourage people to join in by using the hashtag online. 

Julie Brociek-Coulton, Norfolk County Council Member Champion for Carers said:  “It’s important to remember that many people do not identify themselves as a carer.  This means they are hidden, and not accessing the support services that are available to them.  I hope that by continuing to promote our Carers Charter through our new campaign, working with businesses and holding events like this we will reach many more carers across the county.”

Full timetable of events throughout the day

10.15-11.30am: Connie’s Colander – human story theatre – Book online
12.20-12.50pm: Laughter yoga - Book online
1-1.20pm: Stretching and breathing workshop - Book online
1.30-2.30pm: Everyday wellbeing in later life workshop - Book online
2.40-3.10pm: Laughter yoga - Book online
3.20-3.40pm: Stretching and breathing workshop - Book online

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