Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust held its 12th annual Conference for Carers at Dillington House on 9 July, 2015.
100 carers attended the conference, which is an annual event run by the Trust’s Carers’ Service, to celebrate the work of the carers that they support and to give carers a day of relaxation and fun. Carers took part in workshops about Tai Chi, outdoors walking and African Drum dancing.
The conference was addressed by local BBC Somerset radio breakfast show presenter Emma Britton. Emma shared her personal experiences of what helps her stay happy and healthy as well as making everyone laugh with her stories about being a radio presenter.
Carers’ Service Manager Caroline Mead was delighted to welcome Emma Britton to the conference and said:
“Carers have to look after their loved ones, who are often very unwell, day in and day out. Our annual carers’ conference is a chance for carers to meet each other and share their experiences while having a chance to learn new skills and make new friends.”
Somerset Partnership’s Carers’ Service provides support and advice for carers of people receiving mental health services, including dementia. For more information, contact Caroline Mead on 01749 836606.
Research from Carers UK shows:
Across the UK 6.5 million people care for a loved one – a number set to rise to 9 million by 2037.
- Full-time carers are over twice as likely to be in bad health as non-carers (Census, 2011) and in the 2014 State of Caring Survey, 80 per cent of carers surveyed said caring has had a negative impact on their health.
- As well as the physical strain of caring, the pressure of providing care to a loved one can have a serious impact on mental well-being with 73 per cent of carers surveyed reporting increased anxiety and 82 per cent increased stress (State of Caring Survey, 2014).
- Across the population an estimated 2.3 million people have given up work to care and 3 million have reduced working hours at some point, to provide care for a loved one (Caring & Family Finances Inquiry UK report, Carers UK, 2014).