NEW practical sessions for Redditch residents who care for a relative or friend who is an adult have been launched by Worcestershire County Council's Carers Unit.

Each year 30 per cent of those over 65 living in the community will fall. Many of these people will be cared for by a family member or friend. Residents across the county who care for someone are being encouraged to book early for the new 'falls prevention' sessions that start in late January.

The sessions will focus on what causes falls, the impact of a fall and how falls may be avoided or the risks reduced.

One of the sessions will be taking place in Redditch, at the Ecumenical Centre in Evesham Walk, on Wednesday, February 20, from 10am to 1pm.

Clare Scott, CARE-wise Co-ordinator at Worcestershire County Council, said: "Whatever your caring role, we would encourage anyone who is caring for an adult relative or friend to book onto the falls prevention sessions or to find out more about our other courses.

“The practical training sessions are really useful and you are likely to meet carers in similar situations or with similar experiences to talk to. Many carers have found the training and practical sessions extremely helpful in maintaining their general well-being or developing new skills.”

The county council can help with transport or provide someone to stay with the person being care for, if the carer would otherwise not be able to attend a session or course.

To book a place, residents can phone Worcestershire Carers Unit on 01905 728824 or email More information is also available at