Raising awareness or carers in Sainsbury’s

Home-Start at Sainsbury's for Carer's Week.
Home-Start at Sainsbury's for Carer's Week.

Sainsbury’s shoppers came home with food for thought last week as health and wellbeing charities were invited to boost awareness.

Carers Week is a national campaign to celebrate the contribution of carers in the UK from June 18 to 24 and it was recognised and sponsored by Sainsbury’s in Horsham.

Volunteers from Home-Start CHAMS (Crawley, Horsham, and Mid Sussex), a charity that gives support to any parent with at least one child under five, were invited to help spread word of their work in the store’s lobby last week.

Home-Start CHAMS office manager Sarah O’Connell was very grateful for the opportunity to speak to Horsham residents.

She said: “A lot of people don’t know that we have been operating in the area for about 13 years, so we want to raise our profile and let more people know what we do.

“We also need volunteers to help us raise funds to go towards the running of the charity, such as the cost of training courses for volunteers who go into the homes of people who need their help.

“We would like to thank Sainsbury’s for giving us the opportunity to promote ourselves there.

“We will also be at Sparks in the Park on Sunday July 15.”

Sainsbury’s Horsham store manager Ian Maxey said: “We invited a number of local groups into store during Carers Week to raise awareness about the important work that carers do, including CHAT, Carers Support Service, Hearing Dogs, Parkinsons UK Horsham Branch and The Springboard Project.

“Overall, we received great feedback from our customers and we’re now looking forward to developing our partnership with these groups to continue to raise awareness on local support available to our colleagues and customers who are carers.”

Visit www.homestartchams.org.uk.