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Carers enjoy cuppa and chat at new monthly support café

Carers and the people they look after are invited to enjoy a cuppa and a chat at a new Carers Wellbeing Café.

It meets on a monthly basis at the Light House Media Centre on Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, and is organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council's Carer Support Team.

David Watts, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Director of Adult Services, said: "We're pleased to be working with the Light House Media Centre to host this monthly café, which is providing a great opportunity for people to meet other carers in an informal setting and get information and advice to support them in their caring role."

There have been 2 cafés so far and Shareen Mettam, who attended the first one last month with her mother Pearl whom she cares for, said: "The first café was an amazing success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

"It is great to be able to speak to other people who are going through the same things as I am, and I am really looking forward to the next one."

Future Carers Wellbeing Cafés will take place on Mondays 11 February, 11 March, 8 April, 13 May and 10 June, from 10am to 11.30am on each day. For more information, please contact Urmila Patel on 01902 554027.

Joining the café on 11 March will be Legal Practitioner Paul Brooker, director of Guardian Wills, who will be on hand to speak to carers about issues around Lasting Power of Attorney, managing finances and Court of Protection.

The Carer Support Team offers a range of services for people who care for a friend, relative or neighbour in Wolverhampton, ensuring they are supported in their caring role, have access to the help they need and are able to claim the benefits they are entitled to.

They provide practical information, guidance and advice on a range of matters including benefits and short breaks for carers, and offer a range of other services including carer assessments, the Carers Emergency Card and training in skills such as first aid.

For more information about the Carer Support Team, please call 01902 553409, visit Adult social care, email carer.support@wolverhampton.gov.uk or follow @WolvesCarers on Twitter.

Drop in sessions take place at Central Library on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4.30pm, and appointments for assessments can also be made outside of these times.

  • released: Tuesday 15 January, 2019