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Halton Carers are holding an Open Day next week to celebrate the renovation of their carers’ centre in Runcorn.

Thanks to grants from Runcorn Town Team, the local Area Forum, Halton Borough Council and Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, the carers have been able to extend the building and improve the services they offer.

The Open Day on Wednesday May 4, 10am to 4pm, will enable members of the public, funders, councillors, carers and other organisations, to look around the newly refurbished centre on Church Street.

Runcorn Town Team awarded Halton Carers’ Centre a Commercial Property Renewal Grant of £6,928 to cover 50% of the cost of the work to the exterior of the building. This work  included entrance door, windows to ground and first floor, shutters for ground floor windows and door, and signage.

A spokesperson for Halton Carers says: “We very much appreciate the funding provided, as do other carers in Halton as it has enabled us to provide our services in an environment fit for purpose”.

The centre now supports over 5,000 young and adult unpaid carers who care for someone living in Halton with an illness, disability, frailty, mental health issue or substance or alcohol abuse problem.

It offers a number of services including (but not limited to):

  • Information and advice
  • Training courses
  • Support groups
  • Holistic therapies
  • Links and signposting to other services and help.

If you would like to know more you can contact Halton Carers via the methods below or come along to the open day to find out more.

 

Other information:

Halton Carers’ Centre opened in 2008 as a support service for carers in Halton. By 2013 the number of registered adult carers had risen from 600 to 4000, plus 80 young carers. The number of staff had also more than tripled from 4 to 13 plus 8 volunteers, a therapist and a podiatrist. It was obvious that more space was needed and it was decided that Halton Carers would extend into the shop adjacent to their premises into 64 Church Street. Both buildings were in need of renovation works and this was expected to take just 3 months. After encountering a number of problems and temporarily relocating to High Street the refurbishment was finally completed in December 2015 and staff moved in in the new year. The improved ground floor now provides full disabled access for carers. There are private interview areas, a designated therapy and podiatry room, a meeting room and space for an IT room. Staff finally have their own kitchen, can hold meetings with external organisations and there are separate male and female toilets. The final phase is to landscape the garden so that it can be used for activities for carers including managing a veg patch, space to hold support groups, BBQs and somewhere that carers can just sit and relax with a cup of tea.

Research has identified that many carers can face disadvantages due to their caring role including social exclusion, poor mental and physical health, a lack of confidence and financial problems. Their aim is to address the issues carers face via support and the provision of services detailed below:

  • An information and advice service to all carers, professionals and the public, either via drop-in, telephone, letter or outreach service
  • One to one, in-depth support for carers from a designated Carer Support Worker
  • Signposting, referral and advocacy services to ensure that carers are appropriately and effectively supported
  • Training courses including First Aid, Moving and Handling and Caring with Confidence courses to improve knowledge and skills enabling carers to continue caring.
  • Holistic therapies, day trips and podiatry treatments to all carers registered with the Centre
  • Monthly support groups for carers as peer support has proved an invaluable way of reducing isolation and lack of confidence.
  • Quarterly newsletters to all carers and professionals in Halton
  • Access to Personalised Carers’ Break Funding to enable carers to access funding to have abreak from their caring responsibilities
  • Quarterly Carers’ Forums attended by expert speakers on carers’ issuesenabling carers to give their opinions and influence carers’ services in Halton
  • GP Link Worker who works closely with GP surgeries to identify and supportcarers in Halton
  • Hospital Link Worker who will support carers and the people they care for during hospital stays.