Western Trust cares for local carers


Western Trust cares for local carers

Carers from Tyrone and Fermanagh took time out at a special event in Lusty Beg, Fermanagh, as part of Carers Week 2011 thanks to the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust).


More than 80 carers from the Western Trust area attended the Carers’ Support Day which was an opportunity for those looking after someone to take a break from their caring responsibilities and relax with others involved in the same role.


Carers Week ran from 13 June to 19 June this year and had the theme ‘The True Face of Carers’. Carers had a chance to sample a variety of complementary therapies and health checks. Information stalls were in keeping with the theme of Carers Week and included South West College, Me Unlimited, Patient Client Council and The Pension Service.  Other stalls provided information and support on emotional health and well-being.


Aidan Gordon, Western Trust Assistant Director with responsibilities for Carers Support, said: “The response from carers this year has been phenomenal. The event offers carers the opportunity to take a break away from their caring role and relax with other people with similar experiences.


“Those who attended are registered carers with the Trust and we are keen to see more people who are involved in an unpaid caring role registering.”            


Helen Ferguson, Director of Carers Northern Ireland, was the opening speaker at the event. Helen said: “Carers are the backbone of community care, providing thousands of hours of unpaid support and practical help to family members.  It is wonderful that the Trust celebrated Carers Week by giving them a chance to look after themselves, for a change. ”


The keynote activity was a workshop by Siobhan Heaney, Singtonicity, who uses singing to promote positive mental health and well-being.


Siobhan said:  “It’s hard to sing and worry at the same time and if you can talk you can sing. Learning how to free your voice, using it as a tool to get in touch with emotions and looking at the health benefits, all can produce positive change in your life. Singing is a tonic!.”


If you care for someone in an unpaid capacity and would like to find out more about registering as a carer, please telephone Cathy Magowan, Carers Support Co-ordinator on 028 66 344 163 or email Cathy.Magowan@westerntrust.hscni.net