Carers take centre stage at Manchester Town Hall

Manchester City Council is hosting a Manchester Carers Event in the Town Hall this week.

This annual event, open to all carers, young or old, takes place during National Carers Week to highlight the vital contribution that carers make to their families and communities in providing unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.

More than thirty stallholders will be in the Great Hall, Manchester Town Hall on Thursday 12 June 12.00 - 5.00pm to offer advice and help on a range of issues that might be of interest to carers, organisations including Age Concern, Macmillans, Parkinson's UK, Trust 4all, and Pannone Solicitors to name a few.

Free pampering sessions, health checks and exercise classes led by Active Lifestyles will be on offer to carers attending the event. Manchester Carers Centre will be running two Money Matters workshops between 1.30 - 2.00pm and 3.00 - 3.30pm. There's also the chance to win some great prizes in a free raffle with prizes including tickets to a Manchester City football match, afternoon tea for two at The Midland Hotel, Odeon cinema tickets, Sainsbury vouchers and many more.

Councillor Paul Andrews, Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing said: "We want as many carers as possible to drop in and find out the range of help that is on offer. We often find that people don't actually know what is out there, whether it is financial help or just a listening ear, often talking to someone who is going through a similar experience is all it takes. We want to ensure that carers also look after their own health and wellbeing so that they can continue to provide care for the people they love."

Gaynor Morgan, Chair of Manchester Carers Forum who spent many years as a carer said: "Being a carer can be lonely and isolating but you don't have to be alone. There are lots of people out there who can give unpaid carers the support they need. Although this event is only one day to showcase what's on offer, Manchester Carers Forum is open to carers at any time and can offer support, information, signposting and help for any unpaid carer who needs it."

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