Symphony Hall, Forward Carers and Midland Mencap come together to celebrate local carers

Town Hall Symphony Hall, Forward Carers and Midland Mencap are once again joining forces to hold their Celebrating Carers event, which celebrates the unsung heroes of our local community who care for their loved ones on a day to day basis. Now in its third year, the free event held at Symphony Hall on Monday 12th June will kick off Carers Week 2017 (12 – 18 June) and is part of Town Hall Symphony Hall’s ongoing commitment to provide much-needed respite to local carers.

Having already reached 1500 people in the region through this unique partnership, the event is an opportunity for carers and their loved ones to not only have a chance to take time out together from their daily routine in a fun and relaxed environment but also have access to help, guidance and support from organisations in the region.

For this special event all four of Symphony Hall’s foyers will be split into separate zones including an entertainment zone with performances from local musicians such as Andy Bunting and Holly Thomas, Melody Music and Halas Homes Sing and Sign Choir. Local dancer Sohan Kailey will also be on hand to teach visitors some Bhangra moves. Attendees will also be able to participate in gentle yoga and relaxing massages in the health and wellbeing zone, as well as unwinding with a free cup of tea and bite to eat in the on-site cafe. THSH will also be working with Selfridges, Foyles and other companies throughout the city to provide exclusive discounts during Carers Week.

A focal point for the tens of thousands of carers in the city, Forward Carers run the Birmingham Carers Hub made up of a partnership of many not-for-profit organisations meaning there will be over 50 charities and organisations taking part in this bespoke day. Their aim is simple – to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of carers, young and old, including parent carers, so that families stay healthier and happier together, for longer.

This year, the focus of Carers Week is ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’. There are approximately 107,000 carers in Birmingham with 1 in 8 people caring for a loved one or dependent and one in four households in the city being home to a carer, so it is vital that local carers are given the opportunity to attend events like Celebrating Carers to provide respite. Research has shown that carers who feel supported by their local community have better health and are more likely to balance life and work, whilst maintaining those important relationships with friends and family.

Chris Proctor, Programme Manager at THSH, says

It is always a pleasure to work with Forward Carers and Midland Mencap to produce this event each year to celebrate the work that carers do year-round. It is an opportunity for us as a venue and organisation to provide a brief moment of respite for carers and to allow us to look after them, entertain them and understand their needs more. This event would not be possible if it weren’t for the generosity from sponsors and donors alike.

Simon Fenton, CEO Forward Carers says

Carers Week is time to acknowledge the amazing work of our unsung heroes, those caring for a family member or friend day in and day out. We are delighted to be in our third year of partnership with Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH), Birmingham to host our Celebrating Carers event. It’s an opportunity for carers to take some time back for themselves, to enjoy some entertainment, meet up with others over a cuppa and find out about the local support you can get.

THSH are especially grateful to Moore Stephens, The Eveson Charitable Trust and The Alchemy Foundation for their support of this event.
Celebrating Carers will take place at Symphony Hall on Monday 12th June from 10:30am until 2:30pm. For more information on the day click here.  
For help, information and a live support line, click here.
The hashtag for this event will be #BrumCares

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