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Carers Outreach Service offers chance to experience life as a wheelchair user

The wheelchair race will be held from 10am to 12 noon on Monday (3 November)
The wheelchair race will be held from 10am to 12 noon on Monday (3 November)

Unpaid carers, in Middlesbrough will be able to experience life as a wheelchair user in a sponsored wheelchair push in the town centre next week.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s Middlesbrough Carers Outreach Service will be hosting the event outside Primark next Monday (3 November) from 10am to 12 noon.

Carers who aren’t currently using the service, as well as those they care for, are welcome to attend, but will need to bring their own wheelchair.

A limited number of wheelchairs have also been supplied to the service on loan from local store Shop Mobility for use by clients.

Once assembled, the temporary wheelchair users and those pushing them will embark on a tour around Middlesbrough city centre.

The event is designed to give both unpaid carers and carers outreach staff an understanding of the experience of life in a wheelchair to better appreciate the needs of those requiring care.

Those already signed up to take part will also be raising money for a trip to Leeds Christmas Market for carers currently receiving support through Middlesbrough Carers Outreach Service.

Local service manager Wendy Collins said: “Our sponsored wheelchair push is a perfect opportunity to reverse the roles of carer and those cared for, and should help provide a greater understanding of the perspective of someone receiving care.

“The event will also provide a gentle break for carers in Middlesbrough as it will help us to cover the cost of a trip to Leeds Christmas Market for them.”

Middlesbrough Carers Outreach Service provides support for unpaid carers by assisting with welfare and benefits, planning for the future, establishing social contacts and activities or access to training courses.

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