Radio DJ Johnnie Walker took part in the first Carers Dorset Festival in November, but if you missed it, you can still view it online.
The DJ and his wife Tiggy, who are patrons of Carers UK, spoke at the festival which was held at Dorset Museum recently.
Dame Philippa Russell, the vice president of Carers UK, spoke about her near 60-year experience with care provision and how technology could help more people in the future.
Unpaid carers can be a full-time carer or have a full-time job as well as caring for someone else and the festival organisers were conscious many would not be able to watch the live sessions.
The virtual sessions available to watch were from providers such as CAiD, Help and Kindness and CRISP, and provided information about digital support, assessments, paying for care and technological advances.
Tiggy Walker said of the festival: “A huge well done for what you achieved. You pulled off something really special and as a result will have helped many. Glad we could help in a small way.”
Cllr Peter Wharf, portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health, was among the estimated 300 people who logged on or attended the face-to-face events, and said: “Listening to Dame Philippa, and others who shared their personal stories, was just inspirational.
“She spoke so eloquently about her journey as the mother of a son who has needed care, during less enlightened times in the 60s and 70s to today where the developments in technology facilitate independent living.”
The festival was made possible by the sponsorship between Dorset and BCP councils, Dorset Museum, Carers Support Dorset, The Leonardo Trust and MYTIME.
Some of the recordings can be found at https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/carers-dorset-festival.
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