As part of this year’s Carers Week local MP Yvette Cooper met with staff and carers at Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract to back the campaign to celebrating the contribution carers across the Five Towns to the community and to the people they look after.
Carers Week is an opportunity to celebrate carers across the UK and raise awareness of the impact that caring has on people’s lives. In 2013 Carers Week will be focusing on whether the nation is Prepared to Care? The campaign will highlight how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.
Yvette spoke to the carers about their experiences of looking after loved ones and also about caring for people out in the community, as well as about the support the Prince of Wales Hospice gives in offering courses, guidance and support for people new to looking after someone.
Yvette Cooper MP said:
“One in eight people across the Five Towns are carers - maybe looking after elderly parents, disabled relatives, or a husband or wife with dementia. Our communities depend on that family support and too often it goes unnoticed.
It was wonderful to meet some of these often unsung heroes at the Prince of Wales, who do such an important job. And it was great to hear that the Prince of Wales are offering such wonderful support to people in sometimes really difficult circumstances, whether that’s with training or just with a cup of tea and someone to listen.
“Carers are doing a vital job looking after their loved ones or people out in the community who need extra help to get on and live full lives. That’s why we should all support Carers Week, the work they do and the work of Prince of Wales Hospice.”