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Charities join forces to Build Carer Friendly Communities

24 February 2017

Eight major charities have combined forces to get communities across the UK involved, encouraging people to register events and pledge support in the run-up to Carers Week 2017 (12-18 June) – a national awareness week that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend.

David Mowat MP, Minister for Community Health and Care, joined senior representatives from the Carers Week charities, NHS, local government and business to launch community engagement for Carers Week encouraging local organisations, the public and carers to get involved in the week and pledge their support to build Carer Friendly communities.

Carers Week helps the public to understand more about caring, highlights the challenges carers face and celebrates the contribution carers make to their families and communities throughout the UK. The campaign galvanises support from all corners of society, including individuals, local organisations, businesses, politicians and the media. It will also be a time of intensive local activity with thousands of events taking place across the UK.

Caring can be a rewarding experience but without the right support many carers find themselves facing financial hardship, ill-health, emotional stress, relationship breakdown and isolation.

Carers Week 2017 will again focus on building Carer Friendly Communities – places that understand a carer's daily reality and do what they can to make life a little bit easier for them. For example, a GP practice might offer appointment times that fit around someone's caring responsibilities, or an employer might support employees who juggle work with care to work flexible hours or take time off.

David Mowat MP, Minister for Community Health and Care, said:
"Carers make an invaluable contribution to society — and I was delighted to join colleagues in promoting Carer Friendly communities. We are already working hard to support them and have introduced huge reforms, including a duty for local authorities to assess any carer who requires support. But we can all play a part to make sure our communities are carer friendly — I commend the Carers Week campaign to raise awareness of this vital issue."

Heléna Herklots CBE, on behalf of Carers Week, 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 have a huge impact on a carer's emotional and physical health, work and finances.

"Carers have told us that it makes a huge difference to their lives when they are supported by their local services and communities; building Carer Friendly communities, whether that's offering a flexible GP appointment, having flexible working policies or raising awareness in schools of caring, can make a positive difference.

"We want the public to recommend Carer Friendly communities and urge everyone to pledge their support to carers and make a change."

There are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers Week:

Caitlin’s Wish: Raising awareness for young carers

09 June 2016

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Victoria's daughter, Caitlin

 

By Victoria Lewin. 

 

The 2011 UK census stated that there were 200,000 young carers in the UK, but subsequent research shows that this figure is inaccurate – indeed it’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Dreams Come True: The Odd Pigeon

09 June 2016

 

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I’m Olivia, I’m 14 and I’ve been caring for my mother, who has MS, for the past six years. I am always on the go. If I’m not at home, I’m either at school or at work earning money to save for when we need it most.

We are a single-parent family. Mum, my two brothers and I are all very closely connected. We have strong family ties, partly down to MS.

Building Carer Friendly Communities: research report for Carers Week 2016

06 June 2016

The Carers Week 2016 research report presents key findings on Carer Friendly Communities across five themes: community, health, employment, education and older carers.

The research for this report was carried out as part of Carers UK annual State of Caring Survey. A total of 6,149 carers and former carers responded to Carers UK’s annual State of Caring Survey between March and April 2016.

 

CW research report 2016

 

 

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

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    Charitable Foundation
  • Nutricia

 

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