Celebrating Sutton's 'Secret Service' - 16.06.09
Forget James Bond and MI6, carers are the UK's real secret service, looking after loved ones often with little fanfare or support from the Government.
That was the message of last week's awareness-raising Carers Week 2009 (8-14 June).
In Sutton, there were a number of events including workshops, social events and parties to honour the work carers do. It all kicked off on Friday 5 June when Sutton carers met at the Houses of Parliament for a guided tour. Other highlights included a Mayor's reception at the Civic Offices in Sutton on Monday 8 June and a special private screening of a short film made by young carers at the Sutton Empire cinema on Thursday 11 June.
Continuing the secret service theme, over a 100 carers of all ages attended a James Bond party at the Europa Gallery, Sutton Library, on Friday 12 June. It was the perfect end to a very successful week of events.
Sutton Carers Centre, Sutton Council and others teamed up to organise Sutton Carers Week.
Rachael MacLeod, Chief Executive of Sutton Carers Centre, said:
"Carers Week is an important date in the calendar and this year has been one of our most successful yet. It is a chance to celebrate and recognise just how valuable the work of carers is. It is also about helping raise awareness of the huge range of support there is on offer locally to carers."
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, added:
"I'm pleased this excellent week of events was such a success and so many carers and their families took part.
Carers Week is about celebrating the important contribution carers make to the community. Carers save the public purse, and therefore the taxpayer, billions of pounds every year by doing the work that care homes and homecare staff would otherwise do.
But there is so little financial support from the government, particularly now during the recession."
Last updated: Tuesday, 16 June 2009