Specsavers in Derby teamed up with the Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) to raise awareness and support events around the city throughout June.
The DCA announced a partnership with the store in the Intu Centre, which involved the store hosting an information and advice stall from Monday 11th June to Friday 15th June.
In response to the Carer's week’s theme of ‘Stay Healthy and Connected’, volunteers from the DCA talked to locals, raising awareness of carers and offering help to carers in the community to get them the support they need. The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Mike Carr, also came along to lend support to the event.
A word from the store director
‘It was fantastic to welcome the Mayor to our stall in the Intu centre to explain more about the awareness week,’ said Specsavers Derby store director, Uan Gohil. ‘We’re delighted to be providing meaningful support for the local community during Carers Week. There are unfortunately still many carers that go unsupported, delivering an unpaid care role to family members and often sacrificing their own wants and needs to do this.
‘This awareness week is incredibly important to raise awareness and reach those that have slipped under the radar, providing them with the information and practical support to be able to care safely without harming their own physical and mental health, and to access the best advice and financial support.’
In the run-up to Carers Week, Specsavers Derby and N K Motors offered additional support to the charity, which is the leading carers organisation in Derbyshire, to put on the ‘Do Want You Want’ event at Derby Arena on Wednesday 6th June.
Bringing people together
The free event was aimed at children and adults with disabilities, older people and carers, bringing together more than 100 local services to help carers access support and advice.
Carers Week highlights the vital contribution made by carers to their families and communities in providing unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
By providing unpaid care for someone they know who is ill, frail or disabled, carers save the economy an incredible £132 billion per year – that’s the same cost as running the NHS. Despite this - and the fact that 3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives - carers often face a lack of recognition in all areas of their lives.
Chief Executive of Derbyshire Carers Association, Narinder Sharma said: ‘Family and Friend Carers are the backbone of the City’s Health and Social Care services. It is vital their tireless effort is recognised by all of us so we may help them continue in their caring role. DCA is delighted to work with the City Council to raise awareness, identify new and existing carers to assist in maintaining their health and wellbeing.’