Monday 6 June sees the launch of National Carers Week 2016 and to mark the event, representatives of the local Swindon branch will be visiting the Sainsbury’s store in Stratton.
As national partners of Carers UK in promoting the initiative, the supermarket chain is very keen to raise awareness of the support available to the large number of people who find themselves in the position of having to look after a parent, partner or sick child and are desperate for help.
Mel Dix (Senior Carer Practitioner) and Sandy Simpson (Adult Care Training Manager) will be on hand from 12.00 to 16.30 on Monday 6 June and are eager to meet customers and colleagues alike who would benefit from support with all aspects of caring, be that legally, financially, or physically.
Development and Communications Director at Swindon Carers Centre, Fiona Prinzi, is delighted with the opportunity for the organisation to talk directly with anyone who could be experiencing the very problems they exist to offer support for.
“It’s all about awareness.” she explains, “Many people who don’t even think of themselves as carers soldier on week after week and are often totally oblivious to the support available. It’s important to recognise the situation folk can find themselves in as unpaid carers in order to identify the specific ways in which we can help them.”
Store Manager at Stratton, Val Atwill, said: “We know that some of our colleagues are bravely juggling jobs with demanding responsibilities at home, and I’m sure that may well apply to some of our customers as well. I would urge anyone experiencing problems to pop in and have a word with Swindon Carers. They really are here to help.”
Picture: (left to right): Swindon Cares Centre representatives Fiona Prinzi, Diane Barkham, Ann Giles, Stuart Ilbury, Bronte Hague, Tina Richardson, Sophie Beecroft, Rosie McGillivray and Mel Dix.