Conservative Group Spokesman on Adult Care & Health, Cllr. Ken Norman, has given his backing to Brighton & Hove’s army of unpaid carers during National Carers’ Week (10th-16th June) and urged the Council to do more to support them in their vital work.
Recent figures from the 2011 Census reveal that Brighton & Hove is home to almost 25,000 unpaid carers – almost 10% of the city’s population. Almost 5,000 of these residents provide over 50 hours a week of care to relatives or friends.
The theme of this year’s Carers’ Week is Prepared to Care? National research carried out especially for Carers’ Week shows that many carers feel let down by a lack of information and support when they first take on a caring role. In many cases this can have serious emotional, physical and financial impacts on new carers.
Cllr. Norman said: “Carers’ Week provides the ideal opportunity for people to find out about the support available to them here in Brighton & Hove if they are suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into a caring role. The Council co-ordinates and provides a range of services for carers in the city and we also have excellent local charities such as the Carers’ Centre (www.thecarerscentre.org) who offer information, emotional support and advice to all carers, as well as running the excellent Young Carers’ Project. However, given the millions of taxpayers’ money that are saved by unpaid carers each year in Brighton & Hove, the Council is duty-bound to do more to reach out and help them. Just one extra hour of respite a week or a sympathetic person to talk to could make all the difference to a carer who is mentally and physically shattered. Carers are the unsung heroes of our local communities and deserve more recognition and support.”