Seafront attraction partners charity’s awareness and money-saving initiative
National Carers Week (12 – 18 June) is being celebrated in Southend-on-Sea with the launch of a new awareness and discount card for Essex people who take care of a family member.
The Carers Card will be available to help unpaid family carers in Essex to get more of the help and support they need and deserve, along with saving money as a small thank you in recognition of the hard work involved in taking on this role.
Sea-Life Adventure, and its sister attraction Adventure Island, were among the very first businesses to sign up to the brand new scheme, which is being organised by Essex charity Action for Family Carers.
The Carers Card will make it easier for Carers to tell others that they are looking after someone, and it will also give service providers the chance to take that into account. In addition, a range of discounts and offers will be available to Carers Card holders across a variety of leisure and retail sectors.
There are 180,000 people in Essex that provide unpaid care for someone who couldn’t manage without their help. Over 30,000 people provide care for over 50 hours per week. Action for Family Carers provides individual support to over 7,000 Carers each year.
The Carers Card is being officially launched by the Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, Cllr Fay Evans, at Sea-Life Adventure on Wednesday 14th June 9.30am.
James Clarke, Chief Executive at Action for Family Carers said: “If a Carer is accompanying someone using a wheelchair, it is obvious to others. But not all health conditions are visible. Imagine you look after a family member with a mental health condition or a learning disability. When you go out for a visit to somewhere like Sea-Life Adventure or Adventure Island you would like it if they could show some understanding and appreciation for you and the person you look after – but you don’t want to have to explain your situation to everyone. Now you will be able to present your Carers Card.”
Philip Miller MBE, owner of Sea-Life and Adventure Island said: “I and my company (Stockvale Group) have a long and proud history of supporting local charities and I know what a struggle it can be to look after someone at home when they are disabled or have a long-term condition. The Carers Card is a terrific way for my businesses and others to do something practical and positive to help, so I would encourage other local businesses to join this discount scheme to reward unpaid family carers."
Mr Clarke added: “We are absolutely delighted to be launching a Carers Card in partnership with Adventure Island and Sea-Life Adventure. This is the start of a long journey to create Carers Friendly Communities in Essex where unpaid Carers are better recognised and get the support they so richly deserve.”
Carers can find details on how to claim their free discount card at www.affc.org.uk