Over 800 people turn up to celebrate National Carers Week at Symphony Hall

Crowds of carers and their families turned up thick and fast for a THSH and Birmingham Carers Hub event at Symphony Hall yesterday.

Kicking off at 10am, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Raymond Hassall, and guests danced the day away with Bhangra performers from Speight of the Art and visitors spoke to the 30+ charities that had stands on the day.

The free event saw carers come from across Birmingham to access specialist advice, as well as entertainment from the Jazzlines Trio, Melody Music and the inspirational Halas Homes Sing and Sign Choir. Visitors also took the opportunity to take part in yoga before a relaxing massage from trained therapists provided by Barefoot Birmingham.

Commenting on the event, Chris Proctor, THSH Programme Manager, said: “We are delighted by the incredible turn out for the event. It is so rewarding to see that so many people benefited from the event and were able to have a bit of fun, while accessing much-needed advice. THSH couldn’t be prouder of how the day went.

“This event is just the start of what we hope will be a promising future and relationship with many of the carers in Birmingham, and we look forward to putting on more events especially for them in the future.”

During the day visitors were entertained by live music, dancers and Speight of the Art caricaturists, and had the opportunity to access advice from Midlands Mencap, Autism West Midlands and many more charities.

Simon Fenton, chief executive of Birmingham Carers Hub, said: “It’s been fantastic to see so many carers take time out for themselves and discover just how much support Birmingham Carers Hub and its partners can offer. Being a carer is a real juggling act, we want to help people find balance. The Hub offers a whole range of me-time services, from yoga, massage and tai-chi to help with gardening.

“For anyone that couldn’t make it to the event, and for more help and information, I’d really encourage all family carers to register at www.birminghamcarershub.org.uk Live support is available six days a week.”

For more information contact: Rhian.Morgans@thsh.co.uk