Thurrock Council is supporting Carers Week with a series of events and workshops across the borough this month.
Carers Week takes place from Monday 10 June to Sunday 16 June this year and recognises the contribution given by the 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers for a relative or friend who is ill, disabled, elderly or in need of emotional support.
To celebrate the week, members of the council's Adults Social Care Providers Service will be hosting a series of awareness raising events in Thurrock. These will take place from 10am to 4pm on Monday 10 June, Tuesday 11 June and Wednesday 12 June at Sainsburys, Howard Road, Chafford Hundred, Grays, RM16 6YJ.
The team will be promoting the wide variety of services available to support carers. Details of these services, along with the benefits and support available for carers from the government and the NHS, can be found at www.thurrock.gov.uk/carers.
Free workshops for carers who are 19 years-old or older, including a Calming Crafts session and a Mindfulness, will also be taking place at Thurrock Adult Community College during the week. For more information and to book your place, go to www.thurrock.gov.uk/adultcollege.
Cllr Sue Little, portfolio holder for children's and adult social care, said: "It is important that we not only recognise the many carers in our community but celebrate the terrific work they do every single day.
"I am proud of the variety of services we have available that support members of our community who require care, which include meals-on-wheels, outreach and reablement services, day centres, extra care, home care and a number of residential homes available across the borough."