Chester MP, Chris Matheson, has organised Chester’s biggest coffee morning at Storyhouse on Friday 15th June to support carers in Chester.
Chris said: “Carers’ Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of the millions of Britons who provide care to their friends, relatives and partners.
“Working together with local voluntary groups, Cheshire West and Chester Council has put together a new service to support carers in Chester. This event is about me doing my bit to help promote this service, but I also wanted to create an opportunity for carers to feedback to the council and its partners about ways we can do more.”
There are around 6.5 million carers in the UK who are looking after a parent, partner, child or friend. They provide unpaid care and support to people with a disability, illness, mental health problem or who need extra help in older age.
Chris continued: “The impact on mental health and well-being for carers can be significant – that’s why I am so supportive of this new service. I have a deep and great respect for those that give their time in the service of others. That’s why I hope they can join me for a tea or coffee – and maybe a piece of cake – so we can discuss what we can be doing to help them to help others.”
The event takes place in the Storyhouse on Friday 15th June from 10am to 12pm. It is a free event but guests are asked to book on the Storyhouse website if possible, to give an indication of numbers: https://www.storyhouse.com/event/carers-week
Sue Walsh is the Chair of the Carers Strategy Group in Cheshire West and Chester and has been helping to coordinate the event with Chris, the council and Storyhouse. Sue said: “We are grateful to Storyhouse for hosting the event and to Chris for his ongoing support. Myself and colleagues at the council are looking forward to meeting carers on the 15th June for an informal chat about the services available to them and to discuss what more we can do to help.”