Seek help, old folk’s carers urged

CARER CALL ... John Briers of Age UK South Tyneside.
CARER CALL ... John Briers of Age UK South Tyneside.

PEOPLE in South Tyneside who are looking after elderly relatives are being encouraged to seek help.

The call came from Age UK South Tyneside chief executive John Briers, after an event dedicated to people who give up their time to care for others.

The organisation, which is based in Beach Road, South Shields, hosted a pamper session as part of its Older People’s Festival.

During the afternoon, carers were encouraged to forget their responsibilities for a few hours, and indulge in a range of treatments on offer, including manicures and hand massages, and afternoon tea.

There are 16,000 people in South Tyneside providing more than 50 hours a week unpaid care and support to a relative, partner or friend.

Mr Briers said: “Caring can be an overwhelming experience, bringing irreversible change to lives and relationships.

“Carers need emotional and practical support to assist them in their day-to-day tasks and access to respite to take a break from their caring role.

“Our Time 4 U service identifies hidden carers, and we provide a number of events and activities to encourage carers to take time for themselves.”

For information on the Time 4 U service, contact Age UK South Tyneside on 456 6903 or visit

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Older People’s Festival activities this week include:


Coach trip to Thirsk. Meet at Age UK South Tyneside, Beach Road, South Shields at 9am. Places are £14. Call 456 6903 to book.

A stay safe shopping online session at Hebburn Library, Station Road, Hebburn, from 10am to 11am.

A get online session at Whitburn Library in Mill Lane from 10am to noon and Jarrow Library in Cambrian Street, Jarrow, fro 1pm to 3pm.

An introduction to e-books at Hebburn Library from 11am to noon.

Cupcake decorating at Whitburn Library from 2pm to 4pm


A get online session at East Boldon Library, Boker Lane, from 10am to noon.

A health and wellbeing information day at the People’s Cafe, Central Library, Prince Georg Square, from 10.30am to noon.

Strictly Come Tea Dancing at Jarrow Comunity Association, Cambrian Street, Jarrow, from 1pm to 4pm. Places cost £2.50 per person.

Health trainer advice at Boldon Lane Library, South Shields, from 10am to 11am.

Mat Making at Central Libarary, from 11am to 12.30pm

A wine and dine cabaret evening at Tavistok Retro Italia, Stanhope Road, South Shields, from 7pm to 11pm. To book a place, costing £15, contact 456 6903.

Music and Memories at Custom Space in Captains Row, South Shields: 1pm - 3pm.

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