Special message for some special people

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The Angus Carers’ Centre held its annual Carers’ Day at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel last Wednesday to send out a special message.

And that is that ‘No one should care alone’. The thrust of the meeting was to encourage everyone to commit to building carer-friendly communities in Angus.

One hundred and twenty-five carers from across the county attended, getting some well needed time away from their unpaid caring roles.

They enjoyed a number of funshops including family history, digital photography, cake decorating, African drumming, computing, table top gardening, Tai Chi, relaxation therapies, and arts & crafts, as well as the opportunity to receive more information about wills and trusts.

The event also gave carers the chance to catch up with news from the Carers’ Centre.

Chairperson, Steve Nicoll announced plans for relocation to larger premises in Arbroath later on in the year.

In 2014-2015 the staff received 530 new referrals from people in Angus asking for help to look after their family or friends, an unprecedented number.

Steve commented: “With this continuing demand on our services and the need to plan ahead, we are keen to work with the people of Angus to provide a centre of excellence for carers of all ages in Angus.”

Alison Myles, CEO, said: “This is an extremely important and exciting development for the Carers Centre and for carers in Angus.

“Larger premises will allow us to provide better facilities for carers whether attending our carer training programmes, respite programmes or meeting each other for support.

‘‘Carers of all ages from all parts of Angus will be welcome at this new Hub for Carers or can continue to meet in local venues across the burgh”.