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‘Upper Hutt Cares’ to support care in Upper Hutt

12 August 2011

‘Upper Hutt Cares’ to support care in Upper Hutt

Upper Hutt City Council announces ‘Upper Hutt Cares’ expo to help those who help others.

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 12 August 2011—Every New Zealander, at some stage in their lives, can expect to either give or receive support care through family members and friends. ‘Upper Hutt Cares,’ an information expo for care givers, is to be held on 23 August. The expo will bring together over 40 exhibitors from a variety of information, advocacy, support services, and equipment suppliers. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk directly with these agencies and find out what they offer. The free event will also have goody bags and giveaways, along with a ‘Carers Coffee Corner’ for people to sit and talk. Laurie Hilsgen, CEO of Carers New Zealand, will keynote the expo at 12.00 pm and will highlight the different kinds of support available for carers locally and nationally.

The expo is being hosted by Upper Hutt City Council‘s Community Services team. The idea for the expo originated from the Upper Hutt Seniors Action Forum who saw a need for more information and support for people caring for older family members. Council’s Senior Advisor, Virginia Barker says, “We are continuing to work closely with advocates in and for our community, and respond to the needs that they highlight.”

The event organiser, Ms Barker says that her own experience of having a daughter with Cystic Fibrosis encouraged her to widen the scope of the expo to include information and support services to carers of all age groups. “I don’t think of myself as a ‘carer,’ I just think of myself as a mum. I think a lot of people might not identify with the word ‘carer’ but that shouldn’t stop them from coming to the expo. It will be a valuable opportunity to talk to organisations in one easy place, not to mention the great giveaways and discounts that will be available at the expo!”

‘Upper Hutt Cares’ is being held on Tuesday, 23 August 2011, from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm at Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt.

For more information visit www.upperhuttcity.com/carerexpo

About Upper Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council is the steward and custodian of Upper Hutt City, providing governance, infrastructure, and community services and resources, and promoting opportunity in the city for business, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure. Upper Hutt City is located 30 km north-east of Wellington City (41°07'34" S, 175°04'06" E) and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities.

For more information on Upper Hutt City and the City Council, go to www.upperhuttcity.com

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