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Important Caring Seminar Highlights Issues

Crucial issues on carers and the support they receive were discussed during a seminar at Cotswold District Council this week.

The event –attended by over 70 people on Monday June 15th – dealt with the support that carers in the Cotswolds need, particularly focusing on the illness dementia and how it can affect people.

The event was hosted by the Council, in partnership with the National Dementia Strategy, to highlight the need for local action.

Speakers at the seminar included Angie Newing, a director with the Alzheimer’s Society in London, alongside a range of speakers from the NHS, Social Care and local groups that work with older people.

In the seminar, discussions were held around establishing Memory Cafes, following the successful launch of a café in Cirencester by resident carer, Peggy Curnow. These are local venue where carers can drop-in with their partner, get advice and information and establish some important social contact.

It was also felt that there should be a network of cafes in the Cotswolds, offering better access to information and support.

Bill Wragge, Health Policy Officer at Cotswold District Council, said: “The ideas that came forward during the day were all useful and will go to the local Health and Wellbeing Partnership – all we want to do is work in close partnership to make things better for carers throughout the district.”

Posted : 18/06/2009 21:14:41

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