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Independent Age

As a charity campaigning to give a voice to older people on the issues that matter to them, Independent Age is proud to support Cares Week 2018. Every day our Helpline advisers hear from older people and their families about the challenges they are facing, so we understand the important role that carers play.

Carers Week recognises the valuable contribution that people make when they look after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. There are 6.5 million carers in the UK and 1.5 million are over 60. Every day, 6,000 people take on new caring responsibilities.

Independent Age Chief Executive, Janet Marrison, says:

“Carers play an extremely important role in our society. Not enough carers get the support or recognition they need. We were shocked to learn from our research that there are at least 380,000 older carers in England who provide 50+ hours of care a week without any help from their local authority. Carers Week 2018 not only gives us an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work that carers do, but it also gives us the chance to think about what we can be doing as a community to support those with care responsibilities.”

About us

Every day in the UK there are thousands of older people struggling to make ends meet, battling ill-health and coping with inadequate care, support and housing. Many also face endless weeks, months or even years feeling completely alone.

At Independent Age, we support older people to stay independent and live well. We offer quality information and expert one-to-one advice to older people, their families and carers, regular calls and visits to lonely older people through our Friendship Services, and a strong campaigning voice.

We also inspire people to support us in whatever way they can, from becoming a volunteer to running a marathon or giving a regular gift.

For more information, visit our website

Call us on 0800 3196789 for information, to arrange free, impartial advice from an adviser or to order one of our free guides. Lines are open Mondays to Fridays, 8am-8pm and Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

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

Proudly supported by:

  • Nutricia


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