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Carers honoured for Carers Week

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MELKSHAM carers marked Carers Week this month with a special cream tea. 

Melksham Carers Cafe.

The event was held at the monthly Melksham Carers Cafè, at the Kings Arms Hotel in the Market Place. 

Carers Week is a national awareness week that takes place every year to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution carers make to their families, friends and communities. It took place this year on the 6th – 12th June. 

Carer Support Wiltshire held a number of events during the week across the county, to thank unpaid carers for all that they do and to reach new people who might be looking after someone but unaware that there is support out there for them. 

Carer Support Wiltshire’s head of operations, Marco van-Tintelen, said, “This year’s Carers Week theme was making caring visible, valued and supported. This is such an important goal in all our communities. Unpaid carers enable their friends and loved ones to live as well as they possibly can, as independently as is possible. In the UK they save the economy an estimated £132 billion a year. Yet unpaid carers often feel unseen and unvalued – in research carried out nationally for Carers Week, 75% of carers said they think the role they do is not valued. 

“During the week we held special events for carers to attend – including cream teas, quizzes and a special creative session. It was fantastic to get the message out there about what caring can involve, as well as let people who are caring know about the support that is available to them.” 

The Melksham Carers Cafè is held at the Kings Arms Hotel in the Market Place, and it is free to attend. The next one is Thursday 7th July, 10.30am – 12pm. Those who care for someone are welcome to drop in, no need to book. They will receive a warm welcome, information if needed and a free tea/coffee and cake.

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