Across the UK today 6.5 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. Many carers are stretched to the limit – experiencing poor mental 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. During the COVID-19 pandemic, carers have been under enormous strain taking on extra care to keep the people they care for safe.
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. This Carers Week, we invite you to join with us as we Make Caring Visible and Valued.
Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:
“During the last year carers have been under enormous strain, with the majority taking on more care and without access to their usual support. It is more important than ever that carers are provided with the support they need to look after themselves and the person they care for.
"Carers Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness and recognise the huge contribution carers make. This Carers Week we want to make carers visible and valued. We want local communities, organisations and individuals to come together and recognise and value the role of unpaid carers, and provide them with support and information.”
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