Rochdale’s Carers’ Rights Day was hailed as the most successful ever after hundreds of carers found out about all the help, advice and support available to them.
Carers of all ages packed into the Royal Toby in Castleton for the annual event organised by Rochdale Carers' Hub.
The theme of the day ‘make connections-get support’ was underlined as a record 23 organisations showcased the range of services they provide to carers.
Local groups and firms that attended included Living Well, Alzheimer’s Society, Thinking Ahead, Hampson Solicitors, Rochdale Mind, Barnardo’s and Rochdale Circle.
Staff from the council’s adult care team were on hand to provide information and chat with carers about the range of free services they can access.
The day struck the right chord throughout, with the tone set by the carers’ choir who opened proceedings by belting out timeless tunes from yesteryear.
Carers enjoyed free health checks, pamper sessions, assessments and heard about a new ‘carers' voucher scheme’ to be launched in January 2018.
Dignitaries included the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ian Duckworth, ward councillors and people from across the health community.
'There are now 25,000 carers of all ages across the borough of Rochdale providing dedicated help and support to their loved ones'
Tahira Riaz, a carer from Rochdale, said: “It was a great day and a really well organised event. There was so much useful information and advice for carers so I was thrilled I attended. Thanks to Rochdale Carers’ Hub for all the work they did in organising such an enjoyable event.”
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed, council cabinet member for adult care, said: “Carers are the unsung heroes of the borough who do such amazing and understated work. It was great to see so many carers, young and elderly, in attendance. Well done to everyone who made it a Carers’ Rights Day to remember.”
Teresa Jennings, chief executive of N-compass Northwest, said: “We are proud of the support we provide with our partner Child Action Northwest to the thousands of fantastic carers across Rochdale. It was great to see so many new, as well as familiar, faces at the event. I would like to thank the organisations who attended and showcased all the fabulous help and support they provide carers. It was a really well-attended and successful event.”