As part of the Mind the Gap Programme Boots have given the project a massive boost by organising two awareness raising events at two of the busiest shopping centres in Belfast.

On Thursday 18 September 2014 (10.00 to 17.00)  Boots Staff, representatives from Belfast Carers Centre, representatives of Belfast Health Trust, Mind the Gap Staff and Carer Volunteers will hold an awareness raising event at Kennedy Shopping Centre and a similar event will be held on 26 September at Connswater Shopping Centre. The event  aims to raise awareness of carers and identify carers not currently in receipt of support. Information leaflets and support workers will be readily avaliable and the Boots staff will carry out health checks and pampering sessions.

Sean Caughey Development Manager NI Carers Trust commented " The programme is deeply indebted to Marie Smith of Boots and Eileen Sweeney Partner Support Manager Carers Trust for putting so much work into arranging what I am sure will be a very valuable awareness session. It is the intention that similar sessions will be arranged right throughout Northern Ireland which can only be good for those hidden carers most in need. The benefits of partnership working will be clearly evident at these events and everyone is encouraged to visit both events