STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds visited a drop-in centre in Stalybridge on Friday, to highlight the important role played by carers.
There are almost 9000 people living in the Stalybridge and Hyde area who have a caring responsibility for a partner, child, relative or neighbour.
And every week a group of carers meet at a drop-in centre at the Holy Trinity Church, Corporation Street, in Stalybridge, for a chat and a cup of tea.
The group – whose members all care for people with mental health issues - has been running since September. And it provides members with the opportunity to meet with other carers, to share experiences and information.
Mr Reynolds said: “Caring for someone – even when it’s someone we love – can cause tremendous pressure and stress and can feel tremendously isolating.
“The drop-in centre at Holy Trinity offers carers an important lifeline; an opportunity to let off steam, to meet up with other carers and to find out about the support that’s available.
“Carers play an incredible role in our society and I’m delighted to highlight their dedication and hard work as part of Carers Week.
“There is help available to carers – through statutory agencies and voluntary groups like this one. And I hope that this campaign will highlight this support.”
Carers Week is a national campaign that exists to support the six million people in the UK who provide unpaid help and support to relatives or friends who could not otherwise manage because of frailty, illness or disability.
It is a collaborative partnership of charities and other organisations that include Carers UK, Help the Hospices and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
Published June 11, 2010