National Carers Week: What's on in Stockton-on-Tees?
Carers of all ages can find out about the range of help and support on offer to them at a host of events and activities taking place in Stockton-on-Tees next week.
The events have been organised as part of National Carers Week, which highlights the challenges carers face and recognises the contribution they make.
The week will also be used to launch a new 'Carer's Emergency Card' especially for adult carers.
Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: "Carers play an absolutely vital role in our communities and it's very important that we support them as much as we can.
"Alongside our partner organisations, we will be holding a number of fun and informative events throughout next week which give carers the opportunity to find out about the range of support on offer to them.
"Carers can also get one of our new emergency cards. It's about the size of a credit card and the idea is that you carry it with you and in the event of an accident or emergency, it lets people know that you have someone who relies on you.
"This will then prompt the authorities to make sure the person you care for is safe. It's a simple idea but a good one, and it can only give carers added peace of mind really."
Where and when are the events?
Billingham Market stall - Monday, June 11, 10am-2pm
Find out about the services and support available to all carers in Stockton-on-Tees. Sign-up for a Carer's Emergency Card or to join the Local Carers' Register, through which you can receive regular information and advice.
There'll also be stalls at Billingham Library and Thornaby Library on Tuesday, June 12, and at Stockton Market on both Wednesday, June 13 and Saturday, June 16, all from 10am to 2pm.
Free showing of Ready Player One at Stockton ARC - Tuesday, June 12, 5pm
Carers and those they care for can attend a free cinema showing of Ready Player One (12A). Booking is essential due to limited capacity. To book call 01642 524494.
Lanark Close coffee morning - Wednesday, June 13, 11am-1pm
Enjoy a coffee, cake and chat with other carers. Everyone is welcome.
Thornaby Library Imagination Station - Thursday, June 14, 10am-1pm
Come and try out all the gadgets in this new facility at Thornaby Library. Booking is essential. Contact 01642 528117.
Thornaby Pavilion bowls taster session - Thursday, June 14, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Try your hand at bowls at this drop-in session for carers and those they care for. There'll be lots of information on offer too, as well as a cooking demonstration from Little Sprouts.
Stockton Riverside College activities - Friday, June 15, 10am-2pm
Take part in an education course taster session or have a pamper courtesy of the health and beauty students. Enjoy speakers throughout the day, and dramatic performance from the performing arts students. Light refreshments provided.
Stockton town centre fun - Saturday, June 16, 10am-2pm
Try some fun games while gathering useful information about the services available to support carers in the Borough. Sign-up for a Carer's Emergency Card or to join the Local Carers' Register, through which you can receive regular information and advice.
Which organisations are involved?
A whole host of organisations are involved throughout the week, which is led by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group, Tees Active, and Eastern Ravens.
Where can I find out more?
To find out more about the Carer's Emergency Card call the Stockton Adult Carers' Support Service on 01642 524494.