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Carers Week 2023 5th – 11th June – Recognising and Supporting Carers in our Community

Jul 3, 2023General news

This year we travelled around the County to Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Seaham and Consett. We worked with the NHS Melissa Bus, County Durham Adults Wellbeing and Health and The Bridge Young Carers service. We spoke to over 100 people, identified 30 Carers and gave lots of advice and information. In addition, we held information stands at Lanchester Road Hospital, Auckland Park Hospital and in Darlington held a very successful information day with many other agencies in St Teresa’s Hospice.

We also had 4 afternoon tea celebration events across the County, which also highlighted the amazing contributions of our Volunteers. To ensure we reached out to those Carers working or unable to travel, we also held an online advice session. A huge thank you to everyone who helped organise, contribute to and attend all the events. It certainly helped us to highlight the amazing contribution from unpaid Carers across County Durham and Darlington.

We even had a visit on one of the Melissa busses from a K9 Carer (a beautiful guide dog) who seemed like she wanted to come along for the tour. She was so loved by the Carer Support Coordinators we didn’t really want to let her go!