Highlighting the work of carers

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Information and advice will be available in Calderdale for Carers Week - to highlight the important work by friends, family and volunteers.

Calderdale Carers Project will be manning an information stand in the foyer of Calderdale Royal Hospital on Mon-Wed June 18-20, along with staff from Calderdale Council’s adult health and social care department, the MS Society, Parkinson’s Disease Society, Rethink Advocacy and Together - mental health charity.

According to the last census, there are approximately 23,000 carers in Calderdale

Calderdale Carers Project has around 1,500 carers registered with them.

The largest number of registered carers live in Todmorden, closely followed by Ripponden and Sowerby Bridge.

There are 444 carers for people with a physical disability and 300 carers for a person with dementia.

In the month of May, Calderdale Carers Project had nearly 80 new carers registering with them.

Judith Guy, of the project, said: “The reason for Carers Week is to highlight the vitally important work done by friends, families and volunteers to help care for the elderly, infirm and those with debilitating illness.

“Without these people the tough task of care would fall more upon an already strained NHS.”

As well as the hospital information stand, there will be displays in several GP surgeries throughout the week including: Meadowdale surgeries in Elland, Sowerby Bridge, Ovenden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Plane Trees at Pellon, Church Lane in Brighouse and Longroyde at Rastrick.