Carer Support Conference

Free event gives carers a taste of services on offer

Carers and healthcare staff working in Edinburgh will have the chance to learn more about services available to them at a conference to coincide with Carers Week (13 - 17 June).

The free one-day event, organised by Edinburgh Community Health Partnership, will take place on Friday (17 June) in the city’s Hilton Grosvenor Hotel.

Carole Kelly, Development Manager, Edinburgh Community Health Partnership, said:

“The conference will provide information to people interested in finding out more about the support available to carers in Edinburgh.
“It is aimed at people who give unpaid emotional, social or practical help to a person who requires assistance in their day-to-day life due to illness, disability, mental health problems or addiction.”

Providing information about a wide range of support available to carers in Edinburgh, the conference will offer tasters of different services to promote carer health and wellbeing.

Carole Kelly continued:

“Carers and professionals will have the opportunity to share their views on these services and give their opinions on what support for carers they would like to see in the future.”

Robert Aitken, Acting General Manager, Edinburgh Community Health Partnership, said:

“Providing support to carers is very important and this conference will help to raise awareness of the support and services available to them in Edinburgh.”

Health Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council, Cllr Paul Edie, said:

"This conference is an excellent way of highlighting the wide range of support provided by the Council and other organisations for carers. For many taking on caring can lead to poverty, isolation, frustration and poor health and it's important we highlight the help that is available through benefits advice, access to counselling and other support services."
20/06/2011