Paisley Daily Express
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Renfrewshire Carers Week is celebrating the often invisible work done by unpaid carers across the region.
Carers Week started yesterday and runs until June 13 with this year’s theme of Making Caring Visible and Valued.
The centre is running a number of virtual events for carers and their loved ones to give them a break and support them with the work they do.
Centre chairperson Maureen Caldwell, who is also a carer, said the centre was working hard to give carers a voice.
She said: “The pandemic has massively impacted unpaid carers who face issues like social isolation, financial and emotional stress every day.
“Renfrewshire Carers Centre manager Diane and the staff have quickly adapted to the situation to enable the centre to continue to support carers in Renfrewshire.
“Telephone lines remain open for emotional support, information and guidance and there are a wide range of training and social activities online.
“I would like to encourage carers to join our new Carers Panel made up of 100 carers looking after people with varying conditions, living in different localities, gender, age, utilising different services.
“This will give a broad range of opinion to ensure that carers are consulted from all different circumstances and sectors of the community. Lets make caring visible and valued in Renfrewshire.”
Events include Take a Break today from 2pm till 3pm where you can log in for a coffee and a chat. Tomorrow, there will be virtual tai chi from 2pm till 3pm and a gentle hand and arm massage from 6.45pm till 8.15pm.
On Thursday there will be a virtual flower arranging workshop at 1pm and on Friday at 7pm, a fun bingo evening will take place. The last event of the week is on Sunday from 1pm till 3pm where people can learn how to make their own massage oil blend.
To take part in any events, email the centre on enquiries@ renfrewshirecarers.org.uk
The carers centre also plans to share videos and stories from carers and staff via their social media pages.
To find out more about the centre or self- refer to access its services, go to www. renfrewshirecarers.org.uk
The pandemic has massively impacted unpaid carers who face social isolation, financial and emotional stress