TOWN councillors have given their backing to a national campaign to support carers next week.

Northwich Town Council has agreed to support Carers Week, which takes place from June 10 to June 16.

Cllr Kevin Rimmer, the town’s new mayor, works in social care and told councillors on Monday that he would do ‘everything within my means’ to support carers during his year with the chains.

“My word does social care need a shake up,” he said.

Northwich Guardian:

“It’s not just care homes, nursing homes, it’s the people that are being cared for a home as well, and the carers themselves.

“We are an ageing society. I know about the finances that are involved in care homes and oh my giddy, it is frightening, and once they run out of money what happens then?

“And for carers it is worse for them in some ways. So social care absolutely needs a shake up, in a positive way.”

Cllr Mitch Rowley added: “We will all become a carer at some point in our lives, if we are not already – whether its as a parent, or looking after an elderly relative.

“Whether we decide to it or not is irrelevant – it impacts on all of our lives.”

Age UK Cheshire staff will be in Sainsbury’s Northwich between 10am and 3pm next Tuesday to support Carers Week.

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Shoppers will be able to book a free falls prevention visit with, a home safety assessment and access to Age UK’s handyman service for fitting grab rails at reasonable prices.

Anyone over the age of 65 who lives in Cheshire West is eligible for a free visit.