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Build Carer Friendly Communities in your constituency

There are 6.5 million people in the UK providing unpaid care for an ill, older or disabled family member or friend. That’s 1 in 8 of your constituents.

Carers Week is an ambitious campaign, supported by eight major charities, to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the enormous contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.

In 2017 Carers Week will continue its focus on building Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

What are Carer Friendly Communities?

Carer Friendly Communities are aware of the part played by unpaid carers within their community, encouraging everyone – whether employers, public services, local amenities or businesses – to do something to make life better for carers.

Becoming more carer friendly might include:

  • Putting employment policies in place to support carers, such as care leave or flexible working policies
  • GP surgeries offering appointments that fit around caring responsibilities
  • Schools and, colleges encouraging positive discussions about caring, ageing and disability
  • High Street services like pharmacies, identifying carers and providing information and advice, signposting to carers where appropriate

How are we building Carer Friendly Communities?

We are asking organisations, services and employers to pledge to take ‘carer friendly’ actions. We are also asking carers to recommend services that are already ‘carer friendly’ - sharing the good practice that already exists.

During Carers Week we will also be releasing research on carers’ experience of their communities and what barriers they face in accessing the support they need with their caring role.

Pledge to take carer friendly action as a politician

Examples of carer friendly actions you could take as a politician might include:

  • Visiting a local carers organisation in your community
  • Encouraging organisations, services and employers in your constituency to become more carer friendly
  • Raising the profile of caring and carers in your Parliament/Assembly/Council

Carers Week 2017

These organisations have joined together to make Carers Week happen in 2017.

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  • Carers UK new logo
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  • independent age
  • macmillan
  • MSS-logo-orange partnersrow
  • MND logo
  • Which Elderly Care logo

Proudly supported by:

  • The Lockwood
    Charitable Foundation
  • Nutricia

 

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