07 June 2011

Support for carers will be under the spotlight in Northamptonshire next week as part of national Carers’ Week (13th to 19th June).

Being a carer is a tough responsibility that can fall on anybody and Carers' Week is a chance to raise awareness of the amount of work unpaid carers do.

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.

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.

To mark Carers’ Week, a range of activities are planned to reach out to those carers who are maybe unaware of the support and services available to them, who have little support at present, who are not known to services or are new to the caring role.

Carers’ Week will also coincide with the launch of a new Joint Strategy for Carers in Northamptonshire building on the work of local organisations to work together to promote recognition, support and services for carers.

Councillor Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for health and social services said: “Carers’ Week is a good opportunity to focus on the thousands of carers in the county who every day carry out a role which is often difficult and challenging. Some people don’t even recognise themselves as carers so may not realise that they don’t have to struggle on by themselves.

“Being a carer is an unpaid role but there is support available and we want to make sure that people know what help and advice is out there so I would encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of the activities planned for Carers’ Week.”


The county council’s library service has joined forces with various organisations to provide information about support available to carers, details are below. For more information please contact Julie McNeill at jmcneill@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Monday June 13th 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Northamptonshire Central Library, Abington Street, Northampton, NN1 2BA
Tuesday 14th June, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Daventry Library, North Street, Daventry, NN11 4GH
Wednesday 15th June 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Wellingborough Library, Pebble Lane, Wellingborough, NN8 1AS
Thursday 16th June 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Weston Favell Library, Weston Favell Shopping Centre, NN3 8JZ
Friday 17th June 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kettering Library, Sheep Street, Kettering, NN16 0AY


Information will be available at hospitals during Carers’ Week, details below. For more information about support for carers in the hospitals call 01604 237602 or email slrichards@northamptonshire.gov.uk

  • The Carers Assessment and Support Worker based in Northampton General Hospital is supporting this year’s Carers Week by organising drop-in sessions and information for carers . These events will be taking place daily from Monday 13th June to Thursday 16th June, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Friends of NGH desk (Billing Road Entrance)
  • There will be an information stand for carers in the main entrance of Kettering General Hospital all week

Sixfields Stadium

An event for young people with learning difficulties aged 14 to 25 and their parents and carers called Life Choices for You will take place on 15th June from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At the event there will be interactive information stands and workshops about a range of subjects including; college, relationships, money, housing and health.

For more information and to book places contact Amanda Smith on 01604 236532 or email amsmith@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Additional information:

Anyone who provides unpaid help or care to a relative or friend who is disabled, frail or has a long-term illness is a carer. Information about help and support is available by calling the Carers' Support Line on 01933 677907.

The Joint Carers' Strategy for Northamptonshire 2011/2014 is being discussed at a Northamptonshire County Council cabinet meeting next week (14th June). The report is available here: