Free carers event at Symphony Hall to celebrate National Carer’s Week

Free carers event at Symphony Hall to celebrate National Carer’s Week

With National Carer’s Week, 8 – 14 June, just around the corner, THSH and Birmingham Carers Hub have teamed up with a number of local organisations to host a free event for carers this Thursday June 11th and are urging local carers to come along

Taking place in the Symphony Hall foyers and starting at 10am, guests can listen to live music, performed by the Jazzlines Trio, Melody Music and the Halas Homes Sing and Sign Choir, and take part in yoga and relaxation sessions, or even have a head or shoulder massage by a trained massage therapist.

This free event aims to provide much-needed respite to carers, as well as access to help, guidance and support, something which is of particular importance following new rights under the Care Act and the pressure felt by many carers who simply don’t know what help is out there.

Simon Fenton, chief executive of Birmingham Carers Hub, said:

One in four households is home to a carer, with most not even recognising their role or understand that support is out there.We’re working with THSH to provide local carers with the opportunity to these people, and other carers, to come and enjoy free activities, but also to get advice from trained professionals.

On the day, visitors will be able to access advice and support from a number of charities including Midlands Mencap and Autism West Midlands. Speight of the Art will also be on hand providing a caricaturist and Bhangra Dancers who will be drawing and performing in the foyer area.

Commenting on the event, Chris Proctor, THSH Programme Manager, said:

Carers work day in day out, many without knowing their rights, or that support is out there. Our event is free, and people can come along, bring the people they care for, relax, listen to music, and also access expert, confidential advice in a safe and friendly environment. We’re urging people to come along, enjoy the day and access the support they need, while meeting with like-minded people who understand the pressures of caring.

The event is taking place in Symphony Hall on Thursday 11 June, and starts at 10am.

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