A recent survey by Care UK revealed that more than half of people (60%) who care for a loved one, feel ‘overwhelmed’ by their responsibilities’. A third of these carers (36%) also admitted that they neglect their own well-being for caring responsibilities.
In spite of these facts, more than half (57%) of carers still feel guilty that they are not dedicating enough time for caring for their loved one or relative. Though many people feel overwhelmed with caring responsibilities – whether that be offering a loved one or relative physical or mental support – the majority do not consider themselves to be adequate. When responsibilities mount up, this can become extremely isolating, lonely and detrimental to the carers own well-being.
This year, Brighton is holding its first ever carers festival, to recognise and celebrate the thousands of people in the city who dedicate themselves to being unpaid carers. The festival will take place at the Open Market in London Road, from 2-6 pm on Wednesday 12 June, and will be a great opportunity to meet other carers and find out about support services.
At the event, there will also be the chance to sign up for a Carers Card, which offers a range of discounts across the city and free tea, coffee and cakes.
There will also be entertainments and more than 30 information stalls including:
- Age UK, Mind and the Alzheimer’s Society
- Brighton & Hove City Council’s CareLink Plus telecare alarms service
- blue badge and concessionary travel
- back care and Healthy Lifestyles advice.
Care UK offers a range of practical and emotional advice for those who are caring for a loved one. They provide support, tips, signs to look out for and information about caring for yourself. If you think this would be helpful for you or someone you know, please click here.
For further information about the Carers Festival, please call the Carers Hub on 01273 977000.
Featured image by Kai Hendry – who is a carer.