CARERS were unable to attend an event aimed at them – because a council day care centre closed for training on the same day.
And it’s prompted one Huddersfield carer to question whether council departments speak to each other.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said she and many other carers were missing out on getting vital information because there was nowhere to take the people they cared for.
She said: “I was looking forward to Carers Day on Friday and getting the vital information they are handing out.
“So what happened? Kirklees decided to shut their day centre in Almondbury for training that day. Is there no liaison between council departments?
“I and many more carers are disappointed and unable to attend as we will have to care for loved ones instead that day.
“Shame on you Kirklees.”
The council was hosting an event as part of Carers Rights Day at Gateway To Care in Huddersfield town centre yesterday. The event was focused on helping people during tough times. But because the council closed the Homestead centre, some carers missed out.
A council spokesman said: “The Homestead day service was closed for essential staff training.
“We write to all carers at the beginning of every year to tell them which dates any services will be closed – this allows carers to make alternative plans in advance, for example home care services or other family support. If anyone has been unable to attend the Carers Rights Day workshop, our staff will be more than happy to discuss the issues covered at the event if carers would like to call 01484 226050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We provide advice throughout the year to thousands of carers living in Kirklees.
“When people contact Gateway to care and give us their details, we can register them so that they receive useful information throughout the year”.