Events will be held throughout Gloucestershire and Herefordshire to mark national Carers Week.
Carers Week, which runs from June 8 to 14, is organised annually to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
²gether NHS Foundation Trust will be marking the week with a series of activities aimed at highlighting the support we provide to carers and finding out what more support they require.
Dominika Lipska-Rosecka, Social Inclusion Manager for ²gether said: "There are thousands of carers who support people with mental health problems, learning disabilities, dementia and other conditions we treat.
"Carers, by nature, tend to put those they are caring for before themselves. Their selflessness often means they don’t seek support for themselves. We want to remind carers that they are important and we are committed to supporting them as well."
²gether has recently joined the national Triangle of Care scheme, which is run by the Carers Trust and sets out six key standards to be followed by mental health trusts.
Events ²gether is either organising or involved in to mark Carers Week include:
An information stand in the Stonebow Unit, at the County Hospital, from 12noon until 5pm on Wednesday June 10 and 6 to 8pm on Thursday June 11.
An information stand in Sainsbury’s, Barton Yard, from 10am until 3pm on Thursday June 11.
An information stand in Wotton Lawn Hospital from 9.30am until 12 noon on Friday June 12.
An information stand in Charlton Lane Hospital, from 12.30 until 3pm on Friday June 12.
An information stand in Stroud High Street from 12noon until 3pm on Tuesday June 9.
An information stand in the Main Place, Coleford, from 11am until 12.30pm on Thursday June 11.
²gether’s Let’s Talk service is also providing a compassionate mindfulness session for carers, which is being held in Cheltenham Borough Council offices on June 11.
We are also working with Cheltenham Borough Homes on providing ‘tea and tell’ sessions at Wallace House and Lynworth Court on June 8, 9 and 11.
In Gloucester, we are also participating in a carers event at the Friendship Café in Barton on Wednesday June 10.
If you are the carer of a service user being treated by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust and you need information or advice, please ring the Social Inclusion Team on 01452 894200.