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Carers UK

Every day, 6,000 people become carers. Many don't know how or where to get help. For some, caring comes suddenly: someone you love is taken ill or has an accident; your child is born with a disability. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed: your parents cannot manage on their own any longer; your partner's health gets gradually worse. No matter what the circumstances are, caring is rarely in the plan.

Many carers are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, and this can lead to them struggling with poor mental or physical health themselves. Carers often find it hard to make ends meet if they're unable to work or if they've reduced their working hours to care.

At Carers UK, we want 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. We give expert advice, information and support. We connect carers so no-one has to care alone and we campaign together for lasting change. 
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Carers Week has always been a great opportunity to focus on carers, raising the profile of what families and close friends do, unpaid. We know that there are millions of people caring day in, day out, supporting loved ones who are disabled, older or seriously ill and need care, but for many what they do is unrecognised. During Carers Week we ask local communities and individuals to find new ways to reach out and help carers to stay healthy and connected.

During Carers Week 2018 Carers UK will work with our active membership of over 40,000 carers. We will engage our hundreds of volunteers, over 100 organisations who are members of Employers for Carers, as well as almost 300 affiliate members - local organisations who are in touch with carers in communities throughout the UK. Together we can all make carers feel valued and supported for the huge contribution they make.

Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive, Carers UK said:

“Carers Week has become a regular fixture in the calendar in the UK where we come together as communities, individuals and organisations, to celebrate the vital contribution carers make every single day. Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without access to the right support at the right time, caring can also have a huge impact on a carer's emotional and physical health, work and finances.

“Engaging all parts of our community from GPs and pharmacies to supermarkets, universities and employers, Carers Week is an opportunity to come together to help carers stay healthy and connected ,supporting them to look after loved ones without putting their own lives on hold.”



Carers Week 2018

These organisations joined together to make Carers Week happen in 2018

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  • Carers UK new logo
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  • independent age
  • MacMillan Logo
  • MSS-logo-orange partnersrow
  • MND logo
  • Which later life care logo

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