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Health Minister congratulates Women Carers at Me Unltd’s Celebration Day

Health Minister Edwin Poots today attended the Me Unltd’s Celebration Day for Women Carers at Trinity Community Centre in Lisburn.
Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The Minister presented certificates of outstanding achievement and commitment. They are designed to promote carers health and wellbeing and help carers recognise their true potential. The certificates are part of the Personal Development Programmes run by Me Unltd an award winning community Interest Company in conjunction with the South Eastern Health Social Care Trust (SEHSCT).

Speaking after the ceremony, Minister said: “Today is about real people and real change. I would like to congratulate everyone who received a certificate here today. Rarely do we take time to recognise those who look after the sick, elderly and disabled.”

Each Carer received a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for completing the “It’s All About Me” 8 week intensive Personal Development Programme. The programme required each individual to make a firm commitment to taking personal responsibility for improving their own emotional, mental, physical and holistic well-being.

The Minister continued “Each certificate presented here today confirms your contribution, commitment and the ‘going beyond’ the requirements of being a wife, mother, aunt, sister and the difference that you have made to the lives of those people under your care and to yourselves. Your commitment to the “All About Me” programme has been deservedly recognised and rewarded.”

Me Unltd delivers its unique brand of personal development programmes to more than 600 unpaid carers across Northern Ireland and the Border counties. They provide continued support for 11 Me-Time Support Groups for carers and have levered upwards of £200,000 from private sponsors and donors to assist carers to realise their potential and develop as individuals. Over the past year and a half, Me Ultd has delivered its unique “It’s All About Me” personal development programme to 59 women carers across all care sectors, in the South Eastern Trust Area with funding provided by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT)

The Minister concluded saying: “It is reassuring to learn that Me Unltd, through initiatives such as the Personal Development Programme, are promoting carers’ health and well-being by encouraging and enabling carers to achieve important personal development goals and to provide all the practical resources and support necessary to help carers realise their true potential.”

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2. A total of 60 certificates were presented by the Health Minister at the event.