Outreach worker, Sharon Braacx with local carer Jim Sharpe

An event in Lichfield city centre yesterday highlighted the important role of the District’s “hidden heroes’ and make them aware that help is available.

The event was held jointly between several local organisations, Lichfield District Council, Carers Association South Staffordshire, South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust and Staffordshire County Council at the city’s Three Spires Shopping Centre. Lots of people stopped by to find out more at the “Hidden Heroes” table.

Marie duQuesnay, Lichfield District Director of Social Care and Health, said: “When you are caring for someone it can be such a comfort to know there is help to fall back on. We hope we’ve reached lots of carers out there, and would urge anyone who cares for a family member or a friend to come forward and find out the types of support that are available.”

Jim Sharpe, who cares for his wife who has Alzheimer’s, said: “I’ve found the Carers Association a great support these past five years. They pointed me in the direction of help and information, and are a nice bunch of people who are easy to talk to.”

Anyone wanting more information, such as carers or those who know carers, should contact Carers Association South Staffordshire (CASS) on 01785 606675 or visit their web site.

South Staffordshire College students who helped out at the event