Carers Week 2014 takes place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June.
Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. It does this by:
- Raising the profile of the role of caring in the national, regional and local media and encouraging groups and organisations to take part and organise events and activities.
- Helping the public identify themselves as carers and access the support, advice and information they need.
- Celebrating and recognise the contribution the UK’s 6.5 million carers make to the people they care for and their communities.
- Highlighting the challenges of caring and campaigning for sustainable funding for services and support for carers and the people they care for.
The theme for Carers Week in 2013 was Prepared to Care? Every day at least 6,000 people start caring. Becoming a carer can impact significantly on a person’s life – it takes time, energy, can leave you isolated and can be costly.
Prepared to Care? – the 2013 Carers Week campaign – focused on how the UK’s carer population was coping, how effectively Government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.
Through Prepared to Care? Carers Week highlighted the impact of caring on daily life and, with an ageing population and higher incidence of disability and serious illness, encouraged the public to think whether they could manage a caring role now and in the future.
Prepared to Care? also helped those already caring to make sure they were accessing all the practical and emotional support they needed to care safely and look after themselves. This was achieved by the thousands of events organised by the over 2,600 organisations that took part.
Carers Week 2013 was delivered by a partnership of national charities: Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK. It was supported by Independent Age, the Stroke Association and Carewell.
In 2013 the campaign was also sponsored by Sainsbury's and Skills for Care.
Organisations throughout the UK were encouraged to take part and join in by organising events, running information sessions and recognising the carers they work with or support. Local groups and organisations can register to take part in the campaign in 2014 in the New Year.
If your organisation would like to become a national partner or sponsor the campaign please get in touch to find out about the benefits in joining in with Carers Week.
For more information or to sign up to the e-news to keep you informed of developments please contact Helen Clarke or telephone 020 7378 4955.