Who Cares for the Carers?

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Pupils-meet-Health-MinisterHealth and Social Care students met Health Minister, Edwin Poots at the launch of the Wraparound project in Belfast Castle.

The scheme provides emotional, physical and practical support to Carers. Real Health and Social Care issues were brought sharply into focus by Belfast Health Trust's Director of Nursing, Brenda Creaney and two Carers who shared their experiences with our students.

On Thursday 29th September 2011 a group of Year 13 Health & Social Care students attended the launch of the evaluation report of a Wraparound project.

The project was funded by Pfizer and carried out by the Belfast Carers’ Centre. It looked at the needs of older carers as it has been shown that older carers rarely concentrate on their own needs when caring for some one. The project therefore provided much needed diet and exercise advice, respite care, holistic therapies to counter stress, counselling for emotional support, groups for social support and the availability of these services at home.

The launch was attended by the Minister for Health, Edwin Poots and the Director of Nursing for the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Brenda Creaney. Both were extremely supportive of the project and emphasised the importance of carers in society and the savings this makes to the Health budget. Also speaking were two carers who told of the impact of the project on their daily lives. They explained how their emotional and social needs were met and how it helped them cope much better with their caring roles.

The students gained a lot from the day. They were able to make a link between their classroom learning and a real life situation. They could see how the carers’ lives had been positively affected by the project and how this could impact on the provision of health services.

The students were photographed with the Minister for Health, Edwin Poots and the Chairman of the Board of the Belfast Carers’ Centre, William McCormick.