11 June 2010

The county’s unsung heroes will be in the spotlight next week as part of National Carers’ Week (14th to 19th June).

The Northamptonshire Learning Disability Partnership Board has organised a week of events for carers across the county, giving them the opportunity to meet each other, share their experiences and find out more about what support is available to them.

The week also includes two sessions focused on the county’s carers’ strategy and employment for both carers and people with a learning disability.

In Northamptonshire it is estimated that there are more than 60,000 unpaid carers looking after or supporting someone who needs their help in their day to day life, perhaps because of their age, a long-term illness, a disability, mental health problems or even substance misuse.

Carers can be family members, including children and young people, who live with the person they care for, or family, friends or neighbours who live elsewhere.

Being a carer is often a demanding and challenging role and can have a huge impact on an individual’s life, affecting their work, social life, relationships and financial situation. The health and wellbeing of the carer is often forgotten because the focus tends to be on the person being cared for.

Councillor Robin Brown, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for health and adult social services said: “Carers’ Week is a good opportunity to focus on the thousands of carers in the county who every day, carry out role which is often difficult and challenging.

“The Northamptonshire Learning Disability Partnership Board has organised these events for carers to find out more about the support on offer to help them cope, as well as give them the chance to get involved in shaping future services.”

The Northamptonshire Learning Disability Partnership is made up of representatives from Northamptonshire County Council, health, education, self-advocates and many other groups.


More information about the Northamptonshire Learning Disability Partership and events planned for Carers' Week.