Every day, 6,000 people become carers. Many don’t know how or where to get help. For some, caring comes suddenly: someone you love is taken ill or has an accident, your child is born with a disability. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed: your parents cannot manage on their own any longer, your partner’s health gets gradually worse.
Many carers are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, or even struggling with poor health themselves. Carers often find it hard to make ends meet if they’re unable to work or if they’ve reduced their working hours to care.
Carers UK is a an organisation of carers for carers that puts carers at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to make life better for carers. We give expert advice, information and support. We connect carers so no-one has to care alone. We campaign together for lasting change. We innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers.
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Carers Week has always been a great opportunity to focus on carers, raising the profile of what families and close friends do, unpaid, caring day in, day out, supporting their relatives who are disabled, ill or frail and need care. Carers Week has grown year on year and we are always inspired by the ingenuity, creativity and commitment from local communities and individuals to find new ways to reach out and help carers.
We’re also reminded every day through our contact with carers, just how important it is to ensure that families get the right help, advice, support and recognition early on. Too many people continue to care without that support they need and we need to change this.
Carers UK will engage all of our networks in Carers Week 2016. We’ll be working with our active membership of carers, our hundreds of volunteers and around 100 companies engaged in our Employers for Carers forum. We will work with our network of local affiliated organisations, who are in touch with carers in communities throughout the UK.
Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive, Carers UK said:
“Caring can make people feel very alone and isolated. Carers UK’s aim is to ensure that no-one has to care alone. Through our work for Carers Week, we hope will galvanise people, organisations, public services, businesses, families – everyone – to help build Carer Friendly Communities, break carers’ isolation and make life better for carers.”