Blackmore Vale Partnership Carers Celebration 8th June

At Marnhull Surgery 2 pm – 4 pm

An email from Jen Churcher:


My name is Jen Churcher and I am a Social Prescriber with the Blackmore Vale Partnership Surgeries. We have a patient population of approximately 28,000 of which 777 are registered as unpaid Carers who care for a loved one’s health and wellbeing needs at home. With National Carers Week approaching soon we thought it might be nice to hold a celebration event for our Carers to thank them for all that they do, and the pressure they relieve on the NHS and Social Care systems.

A Carer is anyone, including both children and adults who look after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give their loved ones is unpaid. Many Carers don’t see themselves as a Carer and it takes them an average of two years to acknowledge their role as a Carer (NHS website: Understanding Carers). It can be difficult for Carers to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person for whom they care, whether that relationship is as a parent, child, sibling, partner, or a friend.

We recognize that the roles and responsibilities that Carers have to provide varies widely. They can range from help with everyday tasks such as getting out of bed and personal care such as bathing, and feeding to emotional support such as helping someone cope with the symptoms of a mental illness. The last couple of years have been particularly difficult for Carers who have not had the same options for respite as they would normally- Imagine not having a day off in all that time! What wonderful people they are to be so selfless!

With this in mind we would like to put on this event for Carers where we give them an opportunity to be ‘seen’ and ‘heard’ and where we show them recognition and gratitude for the efforts they make towards keeping their loved ones healthy and safe. We Will be serving Cream Tea’s to the Carers in our lovely garden area, which we will dress with bunting, and have music playing in a festive type setting. We would like to produce goody bags of little treats that our Carers can enjoy with items that help them enjoy some well-deserved time to themselves.

Our Team will staff the event and will be there to answer any of the Carers questions, signpost them to any support services they may need and can support any further needs that arise.”



Jennifer Churcher

Tel; 07960043766 for more details

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