A carer is someone who – unwaged – supports a relative, partner or friend who, due to physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or addiction, could not manage without that support.
Many people, thinking of themselves simply as the cared-for person’s wife or husband or partner, daughter or son, mother or father, etc, do not identify as being a carer. However, it would be greatly beneficial for one to recognise that s/he is a carer because doing so would open up a door to the wide range of information, help and support that’s available out there.
Many carers are not aware of the information and support that are available and thus struggle in performing their caring responsibilities in isolation.
It is because of this issue that, today, Manchester Carers Network has lined up three speakers to be interviewed on Wythenshawe FM about carers and caring. Our very own centre manager, Emma, will be there together with Lynne Stafford, Chair of Manchester Carers Network and lead on the Greater Manchester Carers Consortium, and John Mainwaring from Connect Support.
The interview will happen after 1pm, although further details are not yet available. Please tune in to Wythenshawe FM this afternoon to support Emma and to learn more about caring in Manchester.