The vital role played by carers in South Tyneside is being celebrated.
Carers in the borough were invited to South Tyneside College to be pampered as a way of thanking them for the work they do.
They are a lifeline for many of our older and vulnerable people in our community so it is only right that we acknowledge and celebrate their contribution.Coun Mary Butler, lead member for adult social care and support services at South Tyneside Council
They were given facials and manicures by hairdressing and beauty students at the South Shields college.
Carers were also told about the range of help available to them and given a presentation on how new legislation might affect them.
Coun Mary Butler, lead member for adult social care and support services at South Tyneside Council, said: “The role of carers cannot be overstated.
“They are a lifeline for many of our older and vulnerable people in our community, so it is only right that we acknowledge and celebrate their contribution.
“We understand that the role of a carer can bring with it many challenges, so making sure that carers know who to turn to for help and advice when they need it is incredibly important.”
Every year more than two million people in the UK become carers.
Many give up their careers to provide regular, unpaid help to a friend, relative or neighbour. One of those at the pampering event was full-time carer Yvonne Warren, of Jarrow.
Yvonne cares for mum Marjorie, an Alzheimer’s disease sufferer, and her husband Keith, a wheelchair-user affected by memory and sight problems.
She said: “It is very important to have days such as this because they make you feel like a person again, not just a carer.
“It was lovely to take some time out for me, but it was also really useful to find out about the help and support on offer to carers.”