Across the UK today 5.7 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill
Carers hold families together, enable loved ones to get the most out of life and make an enormous contribution to society. However caring can come with high personal costs. Many carers are stretched to the limit – experiencing poor mental health or physical health themselves, finding it hard to make ends meet, struggling to juggle work and family life, or having to give up work to care. With friendships and relationships impacted, caring can be a lonely and isolating role. Many carers feel that their caring role is not recognised, that they are invisible or forgotten about.
At Carers UK, we want carers to know that they're not alone. We're here to listen, to give expert information and advice, campaign for lasting change, and find new ways to support carers with their caring role. We want to see a world where carers are supported not only to cope with the challenges of looking after someone, but to build a life of their own too. A life which includes caring but is not overwhelmed by it, and one where carers are able to look after their own health and wellbeing too. Every year it's important to recognise, value, and support unpaid carers, but with a Westminster election on the horizon, Carers Week is even more important. This Carers Week, we invite you to join us in Putting Carers on the Map, to ensure they get the recognition and support they both need and deserve.
Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:
“The dedicated, committed support unpaid carers provide day in day out has been valued as the equivalent of a second NHS, but often carers tell us that they feel unseen and undervalued. Many are at breaking point, facing challenges managing caring alongside their own health and wellbeing – with 78% of carers worried about being unable to care in the future.
“Recognition for carers in their communities and at national government level during an election year, has never been more important – making Carers Week a vital opportunity to put carers on the map. This is a key moment to increase visibility for carers with services, employers, politicians and communities to raise awareness ensuring that carers’ voices are heard and campaigning for all carers to receive the support they deserve.”
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