Better breaks for unpaid carers
Imagine being on call all the time: on duty, never getting a night's sleep, no time to yourself or to relax with family and friends. This has been the reality for many carers, who've made do with far less support during the past year than they'd previously received. We are calling on the government to increase funding for carers' breaks. Thank you to everyone who took part in our campaign, contacting their MP to ask them to show their support.
What is Carers Week?
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities, highlight the vital role carers play in our communities and draw attention to just how important caring is.
Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older. It isn’t someone who volunteers or is employed to provide support.
Roundtable with the Minister for Care
Charities meet with Minister for Care to discuss recovery and respite for unpaid carers and launch the countdown to Carers Week 2022View news
And this year's theme is...
We're excited to announce that our theme for this year's campaign is 'Make caring visible, valued and supported'.View news