Does someone rely on you? A week of treats offered to unpaid Carers in Torbay

20 April 2018

Carers from across Torbay are being invited to attend a host of events this June for some well-deserved fun and relaxation – all timed to coincide with National Carers Week 2018 (11 – 17 June). Carers Week is an annual campaign to celebrate the essential, and often unsung, role of unpaid Carers.

Organised by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust’s Carers Service and other local organisations, Carers will be able to take some time-out to enjoy various events held throughout the week.

Fourteen events are taking place across Torbay, with an emphasis on Carers having some time for themselves. The activities include:

  • Sailing around Torbay with DSA*
  • Dartmouth Steam Train trip
  • Relax and unwind – 2 free treatments (e.g. Nails, reflexology massage)
  • Guided tour of the House of Parliament *
  • ‘All Things Hollywood’ at the Anchorage Hotel
  • Torre Abbey Treasure Hunt, and garden visit
  • Tour and Talk with Torquay Fire Service
  • Tummy toning belly dancing
  • Fit and healthy habits with the Healthy Lifestyles team
  • And more!

Natalie Townsend, Carers Services Coordinator, said “Many people do not see themselves as a ‘carer’ or know about the free support available to them. This year, we are continuing with the theme ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’; communities that support Carers to look after their loved ones, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

“It is always wonderful to see unpaid Carers relaxing and enjoying a day out, it is so important that we recognise our unpaid Carers and provide them with opportunities like this to take time-out from the support they provide.

“We are looking forward to welcoming as many unpaid Carers as possible to these events. Please do contact us as soon as possible to book your place as the events will fill up fast!”

The closing date to sign up for these events is Friday 4 May 2018. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To apply please complete the Carers Week application form, available from Signposts for Carers on: 01803 666620 or go online here: www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/carers-service/signposts-magazine to see the full line up of events and to download the application form.

*All events are free for unpaid Carers, but a small contribution is required for the Houses of Parliament and sailing trips.


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