Yarnbombing Barnsley: Swanswell raises awareness of carers’ rights

25 November 2013

Knitted squares are appearing across Barnsley this week as Swanswell helps highlight the rights of carers, as part of a national awareness-raising campaign.

It’s Carers Rights Day on Friday 29 November 2013 and the national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, will be joining in by running a number of activities in the lead up to the day.

Led by Carers UK, the annual campaign aims to make carers aware of the different types of help available across the country. This year’s theme is ‘rights, advice, support’ and focuses on ensuring carers understand their rights and can access good quality advice.

In Barnsley, Swanswell runs the Carer Support Service for people who are looking after friends or relatives affected by problem alcohol and drug use.

It offers a range of emotional and practical support for carers, including help with understanding a loved one’s treatment and recovery, as part of the town’s integrated treatment system.

Between now and this Friday, squares knitted by team members, volunteers and carers will be appearing on lamp posts across Barnsley to promote Carers Rights Day and highlight the support available from Swanswell.

The team are also holding a ‘cuppa, cake and crafts session’ for anyone wanting to find out more about Swanswell’s services in Barnsley. It’ll be held at the Olive Café, Pitt Street, Barnsley from 3pm to 5pm on Friday 29 November 2013.

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.

Carers Rights Day is an opportunity to find out more about the help and advice available in Barnsley, so carers can move forward with their life while still supporting friends of relatives with their recovery.’

To find out more, visit our Carer Support Service page.

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