Alcohol Awareness Week: Presentation highlights Swanswell's support for carers in Barnsley

18 November 2013

People caring for friends or relatives affected by problem alcohol use in Barnsley can find out more about the help on offer, as part of a special presentation this week, organised by Swanswell.

The national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, is supporting Alcohol Awareness Week by hosting an awareness-raising event in the town, from 6pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

It’ll take place at Henry Windsor House, 13 Pitt Street, Barnsley, and will talk to carers about the effects of alcohol on the body, different types of alcohol use and explain dependency in more detail, so they can understand their loved one’s situation and recovery.

The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week – a national campaign led by Alcohol Concern – this year is encouraging conversations around alcohol, so there will also be an opportunity to ask questions and talk to members of the team.

In Barnsley, Swanswell runs the Carer Support Service, which offers a range of emotional and practical support for carers, including help with understanding a loved one’s treatment and recovery.

Jeni Upperdine, Senior Practitioner at Swanswell’s Carer Support Service, said: ‘Carers often tell us how isolating and emotionally difficult it is to look after a loved one affected by alcohol or drug misuse, especially if they don’t know where to go for help.

Alcohol Awareness Week’s a good opportunity to encourage conversations around alcohol and highlight the support available through Swanswell’s Carer Support Service, so carers can move forward with their life while supporting a loved one with their recovery.’

To find out more about Swanswell’s Carer Support Service in Barnsley or to confirm a place at the presentation, call 01226 329 686.

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