Carers Week – Connecting people on and offline

Barnsley Council continues to support carers across the borough with the launch of a new online resource as part of carers' week 2019.

Carers Week takes place from Monday 10 June until Sunday 16 June. This annual campaign highlights the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK by providing support and resource.

This year's focus is to connect carers, either to services, family, or technology. This will provide the support needed to encourage carers to acknowledge their health and well-being while carrying out their caring role.

As part of this inspiring week, Barnsley Council is joining forces with national charity 'Carers UK' to offer support via an online platform that can be accessed 24 hours a day seven days a week.

At a click of a button, carers in Barnsley will have free access to 'Digital Resource for Carers'. This is an online environment that hosts a range of resources to help manage care. 

To find out more about the 'Digital Resource for Carers,' visit carersdigital.org and create an account by using the code DGTL3300. This will then give carers access to Barnsley based information.

Carers are also invited to celebrate carers' week at Priory Campus, Lundwood on Tuesday 11 June, 10 am – 2 pm.

There'll be 28 professional stands from partners providing information to residents on services and support that's available for them.  Staff from the Barnsley Carers Service will also be at hand to show you how to access the Digital Resource for Carers.

Tara Ramsden, Team Leader for Barnsley Carers Service, said: "Our staff are here to directly support carers by providing advice, support, information and signposting, to build community capacity through effective partnership working, so carers become everyone's business.

'We appreciate the valuable contribution that Carers make and involve them in ensuring the vision of #BarnsleyCares is at the forefront of the community."

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "Carers week is a fantastic time for us to celebrate and support the work of carers in our community. I am pleased to see so many people coming together to support their needs, both physically and online; helping them in this amazing role. If you are a carer, I would encourage you to go along to Barnsley Carers service event and find out what is on offer in Barnsley for you. The new online resource is also an excellent tool which you should explore."

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

#LiveIt helps us to support the most vulnerable people, making sure they can access support at the earliest possible stage. #OwnIt by keeping your own and your family's health at its best, asking for support when you need it and looking out for your friends and neighbours.

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