As a charity which campaigns to give a voice to older people on the issues that matter to them, Independent Age is proud to support Cares Week 2016. As a provider of free advice and information to older people and their families, we understand the important role that carers play. Carers Week recognises the valuable contribution that people make when they look after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. There are 6.5 million carers in the UK – 1.5 million are over 60. Every day, 6000 people take on new caring responsibilities.
Janet Morrison Chief Executive, Independent Age, said:
“Carers play an extremely important role in our society. Not enough carers get the support or recognition they need. We were shocked to learn from our ‘Bigger Picture’ research that there are at least 380,000 older carers in England who provide 50+ hours of care a week without any help from their local authority. Carers Week 2016 not only gives us an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work that carers do, but it also gives us the chance to think about what we can be doing as a community to support those with care responsibilities.”
Independent Age is a growing charity helping older people across the UK to live more independent, fulfilling lives.
Founded over 150 years ago, we are an established voice for older people and their families and carers, offering free advice and information and providing services, such as befriending, to promote wellbeing and reduce loneliness.
In addition to this, we use the knowledge and understanding gained from our frontline services to campaign on issues that affect older people, like poverty, loneliness and carers’ rights.
For more information, visit our website www.independentage.org