Consultation Drop-in Called for Carers Week

Date Released - 26/05/2022

FOR carers, nothing beats face-to-face support. To bring it back as soon as possible, Tameside Council is holding a special consultation event to coincide with Carers Week.

On Tuesday, June 7 (11am to 2pm) carers and other professionals are invited to Tameside Carers Centre at Tameside One, Ashton, to take a look at plans for the new carers’ service and base, and to give their views on how the council can continue to assist them going forward into 2022 and beyond.

There will also be an opportunity to talk to other services including Action Together, dementia and employment support, transitions workers and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service about the help and advice they can offer.

An increasing number of people in Tameside and Glossop are carers and spend a large part of their lives providing unpaid support to family or friends. They may be looking after someone who is frail, disabled or ill, or who has mental-health or substance-misuse problems.

While this can be a rewarding experience, some carers find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing while caring for someone else. Tameside Carers Service provides information and support to make the load easier to bear.

Anyone who would like to attend, or who needs help in their caring role, should contact Tameside Carers Centre on 0161 342 3344 or by emailing The service provides free and impartial information, advice, support and advocacy.

Cllr John Taylor, Tameside Council’s executive member for adult social care, said: “We’ve maintained our service to carers throughout the pandemic and its lockdowns but mainly by telephone.

“However, nothing replaces face-to-face contact. This kind of support, which we have traditionally provided, is highly valued by carers. That’s why we’re holding the consultation. We want carers to drop in and let us have their views so that we can bring it back as soon as possible.”

Carers Week is an annual nationwide campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face, and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK.

It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.