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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Supporting Carers Week 2015

Published: 10/06/2015

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

To support this years’ Carers Week Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust have been asking our colleagues to make pledges on what they will do to recognise, support and celebrate the work of carers.

Many members of staff are making pledges to support carers through their work within the Trust and also personal pledges as carers themselves:

“Ensuring carers are involved in service planning and development”

“Actively listening, showing empathy and understanding to support carers with kindness.”

“As a carer myself I pledge to highlight to anyone who is interested that ultimately it is an immensely rewarding experience.”

“Recognising the need to listen and explain things.”

Members of our board have supported Carers Week with their own pledges.

This week our Chair, Sue Davis attended the June Carers Voice meeting. Carers Voice is a network which allows the Trust to listen to, and act on carers views.

Carers’ Week Activities have been taking place across the Trust at various sites including pampering, wellbeing and creative writing sessions for carers, as well as coffee mornings, and carer information and assessment discussions.

John Short, Chief Executive
Sue Davis, Chair
Sue Hartley, Executive Director of Nursing