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Welsh Deputy Minister for Health joins major charities to launch Carers Week campaign

01 March 2016

Today, six major charities in Wales launched Carers Week 2016 – a nationwide awareness campaign to improve public understanding about caring and the unique challenges carers face. Carers Week will run from 6-12 June.

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Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Minister for Health in the Welsh Government, joined the Carers Week charities to call on individuals and organisations from across Wales to sign-up to the campaign and do what they can to support carers in their community.

370,000 people in the Wales currently care, unpaid, for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Research for Carers Week 2015 revealed that carers are experiencing huge variations in the level of support and recognition they get from their local community. As a result, this is putting their health and ability to look after the person they care for at serious risk.

With this in mind, Carers Week 2016 will continue to focus on helping individuals, services and businesses to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that carers are individuals with needs of their own.

Vaughan Gething AM, Welsh Deputy Minister for Health said:  “Caring is characterised by selflessness, determination and resilience. But this can often be at the expense of a carer’s own aspirations, wellbeing and quality of life as they put the care and support they provide to their family, friends and neighbours before their own needs.

“In these challenging times we must all ensure carers are neither taken for granted nor forgotten. I want to send my best wishes to everyone involved in Carers Week 2016 and to all carers for the amazing work they do every day of the year.”

Carers Week 2016 is made possible by Carers Wales joining forces with Age Cymru, Carers Trust Wales, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society Cymru.

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

Visit the Carers Week website www.carersweek.org and:

  • Recommend an organisation or service that is carer friendly
  • Invite organisations or services to take steps to become carer friendly
  • Commit to using our Carers Checklist to see how your organisation or service can become more carer friendly
  • Join the thousands of people and organisations who have pledged their support for Carers Week
  • Run an activity and add it to the Carers Week website

Follow Carers Week on Twitter  and use the hashtag #CarersWeek

Like Carers Week on Facebook  and join in with the discussions

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
  • MSS-logo-orange partnersrow
  • MND logo
  • Which Elderly Care logo

Proudly supported by:

  • The Lockwood
    Charitable Foundation
  • Nutricia

 

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