Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) is supporting National Carers Week, which runs from 8-14 June 2015, by organising a range of opportunities for carers to shape the services available for them and get information, support and advice.
This year, Carers Week is focusing on building Carer Friendly Communities which supports carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with their own needs.
To mark Carers Week 2015, GMW will be hosting and promoting a range of events across the Trust in partnership with CCG’s, Councils and other NHS Trusts around Bolton, Salford and Trafford, as well as running free courses for carers regarding their health and wellbeing.
There will be information stands manned by GMW’s Carer Champions, carer support events, afternoon teas, techie training sessions and pamper afternoons for local carers across Greater Manchester.
The Trust will also be consulting with carers about their updated Carers Strategy and sharing information about what is happening in Greater Manchester and Lancashire and what services are available for carers during the week on Twitter and Facebook.
Tracy Collard, Carer Lead for Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “A Carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a relative, partner, child or friend due to illness, disability, frailty, a mental health condition or substance misuse problems. Many people are carers without realising it.
“Our carers give their total commitment to the care of their loved ones but often at a personal cost to their own health and wellbeing. We carefully listen to our carers and involve them in the work that we do to help support them. If you care for a loved one or someone relies on your help, please come along to one of our events during Carers Week 2015 book onto our Health and Wellbeing for Carers course, or get in touch with us for a chat to see how we can help you. You can email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 703 1362.”
GMW run a number of free courses specifically aimed at carers of someone with mental health and/or substance misuse problems. The courses aim to give people a better understanding of the challenges they may face as a carer and provide them with advice and support to find new ways to tackle them.
The Trust’s “Health and Wellbeing for Carers” course provides carers with new skills and practical advice to help people cope with caring and aims to make carers aware of the support available so they don’t forget to look after their own health and wellbeing.
This free course is for carers of someone with a mental health and/or substance misuse problem and will be held on 24 June 2015 (Bolton) and 30 July 2015 (Prestwich).
All the courses are run by the Trust’s Recovery Academy, which provides a range of free educational courses and resources for people with mental health and substance misuse problems, their families and carers as well as health and social care professionals.
The next Health and Wellbeing for Carers course is on the 24 June 2015 at J2 Training Room, Linden Ward, Royal Bolton Hospital.
A calendar of events across Greater Manchester and Lancashire for Carers Week 2015 is available here Carers Week 2015 GMW Events Table_Final.pdf [pdf] 243KB . Events include information stalls, afternoon tea celebrations and more.
To find out more about the Trust’s services for carers visit: http://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/carer-information .
1. Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides district mental health services in Bolton, Salford and Trafford. It also provides district inpatient alcohol and drug recovery services in Prestwich as well as community services in Trafford, Salford, Cumbria, Blackburn with Darwen, Wigan and Leigh and Central Lancashire.
2. Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Recovery Academy provides a range of free educational courses and resources for people with mental health and substance misuse problems, their families and carers as well as health care professionals. All of the courses focus on supporting people with their recovery and promote good health and wellbeing. The courses are useful if you’re looking to increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health, improve your mental wellbeing, or simply want to meet new people while learning something new.
3. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
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