Getting together to highlight Carers Week 2023


Solihull’s councillors in charge of adults and children’s services joined the chief executive of Carers Trust Solihull to promote Carers Week, which starts today (Monday 5 June). 

Solihull Council commissions Carers Trust Solihull to support carers of all ages.  Councillor Tony Dicicco, cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health and Councillor Michael Gough, cabinet member for Children, Education & Skills, caught up with the Trust CEO Brandon Scott-Omenka to learn more about the campaign.

CEO Carers Trust Solihull, Brandon Scott-Omenka said: "I am excited about this year's Carers Week. We will have a mix of public activity and digital information so carers unable to attend the events can also join in the annual celebration of the vital role that unpaid, mostly family carers play in Solihull.” To find out what unpaid caring is, watch this video on our website.

“We will start with our annual Carers Charity Walk on Sunday 4th, June which will get the week off to a fun start and end in the same vein with two coach trips to Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday 10th, June. To learn about all the activities in between and where to get support and assistance, visit our website."

Cllr Dicicco said: “The Council and Carers Trust are here to help carers look after their own health and wellbeing.  Please make the most of what’s on offer to support you.  That could be a training course or practical help so you can have a break from your caring role.  The Council has successfully introduced a new respite facility for people with learning disabilities.  The feedback from carers has been positive and we want more people to benefit from it.”  

Cllr Gough said: “Whilst I appreciate the incredibly important role of all the carers across Solihull, because of my role as Cabinet Member for Children and Education I’d like to express my particular support for all the young carers in the borough. Solihull Carers Trust do incredible work to support these young people, ranging from advocating for them to organising days out and practical help. There’s a specific area of their website dedicated to Solihull Young Carers where you can find out how to access all the available support. If you are a young carer or know somebody who is, please take a look and see the help that’s out there.”

More information about Carers Trust Solihull is available by visiting their website, calling 0121 788 1143, emailing or following them on social media.  Carers Trust Solihull and the Council are encouraging people to show their support for carers this week on social media by using the hashtags #CarersWeek #Carers #Solihull #icare #makecaringvisible