Swindon Carers Centre and Carer Support Wiltshire are working together to raise awareness of Carers Week from 8 to 14 June.
To highlight the work unpaid carers do across the county they are holding two “Walk A Mile in My Shoes” events. As the title suggests you could choose to walk the mile in a fun pair of shoes, or you could wear your own shoes and think about the impact of being a carer.
The walks will take place on Saturday 13th June 2015
Swindon: 10am registration at Wharf Green to start at 10.30am. The route goes through the town finishing back at Wharf Green.
Chippenham: 2pm registration at the Buttercross. Walk to start at 2.30pm. Following the walk there will be a great party in Monkton Park with live music, games and other entertainment. The party is also open to those who are not able to take part in the walk.
Swindon’s MPs Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson will both be walking the mile with Swindon Carers Centre.
Cath Johnston is Chief Executive of SCC said: “One in 8 of us is a carer. The aim of Carers Week is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. Swindon Carers Centre is committed to supporting this aim and by joining our ‘Walk a Mile’ event we can all show how much we appreciate and value carers of all ages across Swindon.”
Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan will be walking the mile in Wiltshire. She said: “I am very excited about taking part in the ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ fundraiser for Carer Support Wiltshire – an amazing organisation that I am proud to back and support. This event will be a fun one for all the family and I hope that lots of people get involved to help the 1 in 8 local people who are carers.”
Parent carer Amanda Cottle is going to be walking a mile to raise awareness for the support services available for carers like her. Amanda cares for her 16 year old son Michael who has high-functioning autism with a learning delay. Due to his condition, Michael struggles to do very simple day to day tasks on his own and is dependent on his mum to help him.
Amanda said: “Getting some support as a carer has helped me to have some time out which has given me the chance to have a physical and mental break from caring for Michael. Walking one mile will only take a short amount of time and I hope it will raise public awareness and reach out to those who are struggling to cope. There are still so many carers living in the area who do not know about the charities that can help them.”
To register for the Walk in Swindon, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01793 531133.
Register for the Walk in Wiltshire at www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk or call 01380 871690.