Published on Wednesday 14 June 2017
Everton FC legend Ian Snodin has backed the launch of National Carer’s Week at Wirral University Teaching Hospital.
The Everton Ambassador joined staff at Arrowe Park Hospital and WIRED Carers Support to recognise the thousands of unsung heroes across Wirral.
He paid tribute to more than 40,000 carers across the Borough who selflessly spend more than 50 hours a week looking after loved ones, family members, friends and neighbours.
Ian said: “It’s fantastic to see the amazing work that carers are doing in our community.
“I know people who are carers and how much dedication and hard work goes into it. I have a huge amount of respect for what they do.
“As an Everton ambassador it is great to come along and help raise awareness about what carers do, to show our appreciation and let them know there is support available to them.”
Carers week is about recognising people who are voluntarily looking after others because of a disability, illness, addiction or age and they may not even realise they are carers.
They often put their loved ones first, which can also impact on their own wellbeing. Many carers each year are forced to stop caring because of illness or injury which could have been prevented with better access to information.
In many cases carers also remain “hidden” by not accessing the information, support or advice they need.
Gaynor Westray, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “I don’t think people quite realise how many carers there are in Wirral. These people spend so much time caring for others that often they forget about themselves.
“This week is about ensuring that we do not forget about the carers. We want to recognise our carers in our community and to say thank you for everything that they do.
“I also hope that any carers in the community who are looking for help and advice would drop into our Arrowe Park Hospital Information Bank where there is a range of information available.”
The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Ann McLachlan, also visited the hospital for the launch of National Carer’s Week.
Cllr Ann McLachlan, Mayor of Wirral, said: “Caring for someone else can be very rewarding but it can also be stressful, isolating and can impact on the Carers own health and wellbeing. We hope that Carers Week will raise awareness of the ways they can get support.”
WIRED also set up an information stand at the entrance of Wirral’s largest hospital to offer advice to carers in partnership with Agencies for Carers Executive group (ACE).
David Maguire , Chief Executive of WIRED, said: “the key thing for us is identifying carers that are hidden at the moment. We know there are about 40,000 carers in Wirral but there are only about 5% engaging with support service that can help them with their caring role. This week is about raising awareness about the support available.”
Carers who need advice or sign-posting to services available to them in Wirral can also pop into the Information Bank on the main corridor of the hospital.
For free confidential information or advice from WIRED, text the word CARER to 87007.
David Maguire , Chief Executive of WIRED; Gaynor Westray, Director of Nursing and Midwifery; Everton FC legend Ian Snodin; David Allison, Chief Executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital and Councillor Ann McLachlan, Mayor of Wirral.