DURSLEY Library will be opening its doors to carers this Saturday, June 16 as part of Carers Week.

The library will offer a free day of wellbeing sessions and complementary therapy treatments for carers, including yoga, Tai Chi and massage and reflexology. Carers are also welcome to bring along the people they care for.

Carers Week is an annual campaign, which takes place this week from June 11-18, to raise the awareness of and celebrate the UK’s seven million unpaid carers.

This year the campaign has focused on the theme of helping carers to stay healthy and connected.

Events have been organised across the county, including a mindfulness walk at Crickley Hill on Wednesday.

Carers Gloucestershire is a local charity that has been supporting unpaid carers for more than 25 years.

Chief executive Tim Poole said: “We know that in Gloucestershire alone, there are at least 63,000 carers, that’s more than 1 in 10 of the population. It’s a sobering thought that in Gloucestershire today, about 15 people will unexpectedly become an unpaid carer. A phone call or a diagnosis will lead to the same result, a life changed.

“One of the biggest issues for carers is isolation, feeling invisible while the world goes on around them. Connecting carers is all about bridging that gap and making it easier for carers to feel part of their community, recognised and supported."

The Dursley Library carers event runs from 9.50am-4pm. Places are limited so please book by calling Rachel Fisher on 01452 386283 or email rfisher@carersgloucestershire.org.uk