Today, seven major charities launched Carers Week 2016 – a nationwide awareness campaign to improve public understanding about caring and the unique challenges carers face. Carers Week will run from 6-12 June.
Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Social Care and Community, joined the Carers Week charities to call on individuals and organisations from across the UK to sign-up to the campaign and do what they can to support carers in their community.
6.5 million people in the UK currently care, unpaid, for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Research for Carers Week 2015 revealed that carers are experiencing huge variations in the level of support and recognition they get from their local community. As a result, this is putting their health and ability to look after the person they care for at serious risk.
With this in mind, Carers Week 2016 will continue to focus on helping individuals, services and businesses to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that carers are individuals with needs of their own.
Carers Week 2016 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society.
Carers Week spokesperson said:
“Carers Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the vital contribution carers make to our families, communities and wider society. We know that caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time, caring can also take a serious toll on a carer’s health, relationships and finances.
“By shedding light on what it means to be a carer, we hope that everyone will be inspired to do what they can to make life that little bit easier for carers. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can make a difference. Building Carer Friendly Communities won’t happen overnight, but we can make them a reality – one brick at a time.”
There are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers Week:
- Visit the Carers Week website carersweek.org and:
- Recommend an organisation or service that is carer friendly
- Invite organisations or services to take steps to become carer friendly
- Commit to using our Carers Checklist to see how your organisation or service can become more carer friendly
- Join the thousands of people and organisations who have pledged their support for Carers Week
- Follow Carers Week on Twitter @CarersWeek and use the hashtag #CarersWeek
- Like Carers Week on Facebook at facebook.com/carersweek and join in with the discussions
You could run an activity or event and add it to the Carers Week website: www.carersweek.org/events