SOLIHULL carers were thanked for all their hard work and effort at the borough’s first Carer Friendly Awards.
To round of Carers Week, which ran from June 6 to 12, a charity ball and award ceremony was held at the Village Hotel and was hosted by the BBC’s Phil Upton.
The night saw Debbie Allen be crowned the 2022 Adult Carers Award winner and Rebecca Wall get the first Dave Henry Young Carer of the Year Award.
The event marked 20 years of Carers Trust in the Solihull.
Throughout the week Carers Trust Solihull organised special events to celebrate the huge contribution family and unpaid carers make to the Solihull community.
his year saw a trip to Glastonbudget for young adult carers (18-25 years), a beach trip for 22 families to Weston Super-mare with 73 carers and those they cared for.
There was a drop-in at Lily’s Team Room Chelmsley Wood, to raise awareness of carers in the community with discussion with the general public and the distribution of information.
And young carers were left spellbound with a magic show at the Young Carers Club in the south of the borough.
In the north of Solihull the Young Carers Clun got up close and personal with some rescued exotic animals at the Animal Man event.
Brandon Scott-Omenka CEO of Carers Trust Solihull explains: “People don’t realise what we mean by the term “unpaid carer”, we are talking about people that are not paid but deal with domestic chores, manage household finances and bills, provide help to someone such as getting dressed, bathed or even to the toilet.
“Carers generally take responsibility for other family members, often attending medical appointments, managing medication, and also providing hours of emotional support.
“Often carers juggle this with their own families, children or jobs. Frequently they have to give up work to care for an ailing spouse or to support another family member.”
For more on Carers Trust Solihull or the Carer Friendly Awards visit https://www.solihullcarers.org/carers-recognised-and-valued-at-awards-ceremony/ or call on 0121 788 1143.