Celebrating Male Carers in the North West

18/02/2011

Celebrating Male Carers in the North West

Male Carers in the North West were recognised for their invaluable contributions at a celebration event held at Derry City Hotel last night (17 February 2011) as part of innovative new programme funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) in conjunction with the Western Trust and delivered by Me UnLtd.

 

Male carers were invited to the event to find out more about the personal development programme provided by MeUnLtd which provides activities to enhance their skills and to motivate each to realise their full potential across all areas of their lives. Afterwards carers enjoyed a celebration meal and entertainment provided by comedian Gene Fitzpatrick.

Western Trust Carers Support Coordinator, Lee McDermot said: “Carers of all ages make a huge contribution to their families and to society. Their efforts help their loved ones to continue living independently - and an estimation cannot be made on the contribution they make to health and social care.

 

“The programmes delivered by Me UnLtd will provide male carers with invaluable respite from the demands and stresses of caring, while learning about new ways in which they can improve their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.”

Encouraging male carers to participate, Brendan Bonner, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement (West), Public Health Agency said: “The Public Health Agency works to promote and improve the factors influencing good health and wellbeing, by working in partnership with the community and a wide range of organisations.”

 

He continued, “The PHA is aware of the impact that initiatives such as these personal development programmes, have in supporting the carer and those for whom they look after.  The PHA acknowledges and values the huge contribution made by carers, both to those they love and care for, and to society as a whole. The skills developed on these courses will not only improve the participants’ confidence but also their future employability, giving additional support to these carers, many of whom, I am sure, have given up significant opportunities to undertake the role of carer”. 

 

Alan Corry Finn, Executive Director of Nursing and Director of Primary Care and Older Peoples Services added: “The Western Trust is committed to providing carers training, support and information about their rights and managing their own health and well being. They are equal partners in the care of their loved ones, and their needs must be acknowledged and met by our health and social care systems. This programme highlights the right of every carer to have the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives, whether through work, study or leisure activities.”