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Six major charities launch appeal to support those caring for loved ones

27 February 2015

Six major charities to launch a nationwide drive to reach out to thousands of carers missing out on vital support and services.

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From today, the six charities are calling on individuals and organisations across the UK to sign up to Carers Week 2015, which takes place in June.

Too many carers across all age groups are struggling to look after older, disabled or seriously ill loved ones alone. This year Carers Week 2015 will focus on Building Carer Friendly Communities urging individuals, organisations and service providers in every community, including schools, hospitals, GPs and local authorities to take action to improve the lives of carers.

This could mean running or attending one of thousands of events which will take place across the country, between the 8-14 June, 2015 or by pledging to support carers in some way. For example an employer could design and implement a carer-friendly policy, a GP could be more flexible about appointment times or an individual could visit a neighbour in a caring role.


 

Carers Week Manager, Diana Walles, said:

“This is our call to action to urge individuals, organisations and service providers to wake up to the needs of carers and do their bit. Across the UK 6.5 million - 1 in 10 people - are caring for a loved one. Without help and assistance at the right time carers can find themselves facing financial hardship, health problems, emotional stress and relationship breakdown.”

Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support and MS Society.

Individuals and organisations can sign up and also pledge their support to the initiative at www.carersweek.org


Notes for Editors

Carers Week will take place from 8-14 June 2015 UK-wide

Case studies and spokespeople available on request

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with thousands of events planned for carers across the UK. In 2014 more than 5,000 events took place across the country.

Carers Week is kindly supported by Sainsbury’s and Nutricia.

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Website: www.carersweek.org

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Carers Week 2018

These organisations joined together to make Carers Week happen in 2017

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  • Carers UK new logo
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  • independent age
  • macmillan
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  • MND logo
  • Which Elderly Care logo

Proudly supported by:

  • The Lockwood
    Charitable Foundation
  • Nutricia

 

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