Getting together as a family at Christmas can be difficult for those who have to care for loved ones, which is why Town Hall Symphony Hall work with Midland Mencap to present a relaxed concert at Town Hall for all of the family, every year.
I just wanted to say a huge “well done” for yesterday’s Families Together at Christmas event. It gets better every year. Thank you!John Brettle - father of Shane, a Halas Homes Sing & Sign Choir member
There are 6.5 million carers in the UK looking after a dependent such as a parent, partner, child or friend; 292,866 are living in the West Midlands; and 107,380 are living in Birmingham.
Caring for a family member or dependent can take a serious toll on carers’ emotional and physical wellbeing, not to mention personal relationships and family finances. Birmingham Carers Hub often hears reports of carers collapsing through exhaustion, suffering health issues themselves and having to cope with mental distress and anxiety.
In June 2015 as part of Carers Week, Town Hall Symphony Hall collaborated with Midland Mencap to celebrate the amazing contribution family carers make to our communities. During a day-long event in the foyers of Symphony Hall, carers had access to help, support, and training and face to face advice from over thirty charities, plus live performances from a wide range of artists including Halas Homes Sing & Sign Choir and the opportunity to meet other carers.
Since then, both the Carers Week and Christmas events have become an annual recurrence in both of our venues. The importance of these events to the people who attend, and our organisation alike, are hugely valued.