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Coffee Morning and Cake Sale Monday 11th June 11am - 2pm Thursday 15th June 11am-2pm A full week of fun activities in conjunction with Carers WEEK and celebrating 10years if supporting families affected by addiction across and not limited to the Sunderland areas.

The UK public does not feel that unpaid carers are sufficiently valued, according to a new online public poll published today (12 June 2017) for the start of Carers Week.

More than 7 in 10 (74%) of the UK public feel carers are not sufficiently valued by society for the support they provide and this figure rises to just over eight in ten (83%) of those who have previous experience of caring themselves. The unpaid care provided by the UK's carers has been estimated to be worth £132 billion a year.

Which? Elderly Care is a free website created by Which? offering practical information for people making care choices with or on behalf an older person or for themselves.

The site focuses on financing care, housing options and older people's needs, such as dealing with dementia and memory problems, and accessing local authority and NHS care and support. A section for family carers includes information about benefits, the carer's assessment, carers' rights at work and how to arrange respite care.

A care services directory enables visitors to the site to search for care homes, domiciliary care providers and support groups for people living with dementia together with local authority services for older people across the UK.


Alex Hayman, Managing Director at Which? says:

"We're delighted to be playing a part in shining a light on the inspiring role that so many people in our communities take on daily as a carer.

Caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill can have a huge impact on your life. Which? Elderly Care ensures those that need it can stay informed by accessing up to date guidance that's easy to understand, all in one place."

To help individuals and organisations make the most of Carers Week, we are preparing downloads and resources in addition to the printed materials available. Look out for 2018 materials here soon!

  • Get Involved guide - brimming with ideas and inspiration to help you run brilliant activities and events
  • Template local activity/event press release: download a template local activity/event press release for you to tailor to your particular areas and activities.
  • Being Carers Week - everything you need to know about using the Carers Week logo and looking the part
  • Carers Week logo pack  - containing all the files you'll need to use the Carers Week brand effectively.
  • Healthy and Connected logo - download the Healthy and Connected theme logo for Carers Week 2018. 
  • Wythnos Gofalwyr - containing the logo in Welsh. Printed Welsh language materials are available in the shop and are included in the free resource pack options.
  • "I'm helping" social media download: Print it out, hold it up, smile for a photo and share it on social media!
  • Carers Week Poster or Carers Week Poster to edit - a template poster for you to promote the week, your activities, or events. Also available as bilingual Welsh/English PDF and Word.

After you add an event to the map, we'll get in touch as soon as your free event pack is available. 


There are 6.5 million people in the UK providing unpaid care for an ill, older or disabled family member or friend. That’s 1 in 8 of your constituents.

Carers Week is an ambitious campaign, supported by eight major charities, to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the enormous contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.

In 2018 Carers Week will focus on building communities that support the health and wellbeing of carers – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

What are carer friendly communities?

Carer friendly communities are aware of the part played by unpaid carers within their community, encouraging everyone – whether employers, public services, local amenities or businesses – to do something to make life better for carers.

Becoming more carer friendly might include:

  • Putting employment policies in place to support carers, such as care leave or flexible working policies
  • GP surgeries offering appointments that fit around caring responsibilities
  • Schools and, colleges encouraging positive discussions about caring, ageing and disability
  • High Street services like pharmacies, identifying carers and providing information and advice, signposting to carers where appropriate

How are we supporting carers to be Healthy and Connected?

We are asking organisations, services and employers to pledge their support. 

During Carers Week we will also be releasing research on carers’ experience of their communities and what barriers they face in accessing the support they need with their caring role.

Pledge to take carer friendly action as a politician

Examples of carer friendly actions you could take as a politician might include:

  • Visiting a local carers organisation in your community
  • Encouraging organisations, services and employers in your constituency to become more carer friendly
  • Raising the profile of caring and carers in your Parliament/Assembly/Council

Every high street, every community service, every leisure facility has a role to play in making sure they are accessible to carers. Many are in a perfect position to make a difference by recognising carers and connecting them to the help and support available.

The most important step any organisation or individual can take towards being carer friendly is to adopt a carer friendly attitude. Such an attitude recognises the contribution carers make to their families and communities and seeks to remove the barriers which can leave carers feeling excluded, whoever and wherever they are.

Here are some practical ideas for using Carers Week to remove these barriers from within families and every corner of the community.

Community groups Local businesses  Carers' families

Community groups

Around one in eight members of your community group could be caring at any given time. These numbers will be higher if you have older people or women in your group, for example (though 4 out of 10 carers are men).

Many people with caring responsibilities don't think of themselves as carers, and they can often miss out on advice and information.

  • Talk about caring for relatives and close friends at one of your meetings.
  • Provide leaflets at your next group meeting.
  • Send round email links to support and information.
  • Invite someone along to talk to the group about caring.
  • Recognise that some of your group members might have difficulty attending meetings or taking part in activities. Are there ways that you could help make it possible? Could you offer lifts to and from meetings? Could they happen at different times to make it possible for them to attend?

Add an activity  Commit to be carer friendly

Local businesses

Whether you run a local café or work in the high street bank, there's lots you can do to help carers. At least one in eight of your customers will be a carer.

  • Ensure your business is disability and dementia friendly. This really helps to improve carers' lives.
  • Advertise the things you do have, such as flexible home delivery, free entry for carers if they are with a disabled person, or different or flexible appointment times.
  • Put up posters for Carers Week, if you can, and have a few leaflets around.

Add an activity  Commit to be carer friendly

Carers' families

Families and friends are an essential source of support for carers, providing emotional and practical help with their caring role.

Not all carers find it easy to talk to relatives and friends about the care they are providing, and the strain it places on them. The stresses and pressures of caring can make it difficult to maintain relationships with friends and relatives.

If a family member has taken on a caring role, you may feel a mixture of guilt and relief that they are doing that role rather than you. These feelings and relationships are complicated and can be awkward.

But if you avoid them by withdrawing from the relationship or pretending that caring has no impact on your family member, then it's time to get things out in the open.

As carers' friends and family members, Carers Week gives you a great opportunity to talk to them about their caring role, understand what they do and its impact on them, practically and emotionally. Find out about simple things you can do to help:

  • Ask a simple question to a carer among your friends and family members. What is caring like for you? Then listen.
  • Find out about the technology available to help co-ordinate care among larger groups of people, or enable caring to take place at a distance.

Add an activity  Commit to be carer friendly



Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition is the UK’s largest provider of specialist medical nutrition products and services.

We believe in the power of nutrition to make a positive and proven difference to health. And it’s our expert understanding of nutrition that means we have an important role in making this happen.

We focus our time and energy on pioneering nutritional solutions to meet both existing and emerging health needs. Our ambition is to establish medical nutrition as an integral part of healthcare. Our products are developed to meet the specific nutritional needs associated with a variety of conditions and diseases.

We also provide a wide range of support services that meet the needs of patients and healthcare professionals alike. For example, through our Nutricia Homeward service we deliver medical nutrition products, tube feeding systems and nursing care directly to about 27,500 patients’ homes across the UK.

To ensure that patients have access to the right nutritional care when they need it the most, we work closely and collaboratively with a variety of organisations and healthcare professionals.

Carers UK and Nutricia have worked in partnership for over 7 years now and have brought to light the previously hidden issue of the daily struggles that carers face in ensuring that their loved ones get the nutrition they need. Our work together has helped to improve the quality of life for those they care for and for carers themselves. Using our mutual expertise, we have provided much needed support to carers around nutritional problems and eating difficulties, through information resources, training, social media and website information.

“As Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition (AMN) we are proud to continue to support Carers Week and the important ‘health and well-being’ theme. Nutrition is a key part of health and well-being and it is important that if you have a caring role that you are looking after yourself and meeting your own nutritional needs, but also that you feel confident in providing the right food for the person you are caring for. Through the information and resources that Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition and Carers UK have developed in collaboration with carers, we are striving to make available the right information at the right time for carers, for them to feel confident that they know how, when and where to seek further support if needed. As an organisation we know that colleagues are also juggling working and caring for a loved one and during Carers Week, we will use this as another opportunity to raise awareness of the support that is available.” Filippo Della Torre, General Manager, Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition UK and Ireland

Support for carers who look after those with motor neurone disease (MND) is an important part of what we do at the MND Association and we are proud to be playing a role in Carers Week 2018.

In our most recent survey of carers and people living with MND we gathered information on what it is like to care for someone with MND. We found that more than half of unpaid carers spend over fifty hours a week caring for a person with MND. This is more hours than an average full time employee, so clearly the challenges of caring for someone with MND cannot be underestimated.

Perhaps more alarmingly, in the same survey, less than a third of unpaid carers said they have taken any planned breaks, even for as short as two hours.

Steve Bell, Deputy Director of Care at the MND Association said:

“Through our communications with carers and the caring section of our website we try to raise awareness of rights, whether it is the right to a carers assessment or benefits and allowances. In addition we seek to provide information and support for carers who are part of our MND family.

“We are engaging with Government and holding them to account in the development of a carer’s action plan to improve the support available to unpaid carers. The MND Association also offers grants to carers to improve their quality of life.”

About MND

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a fatal, rapidly progressing neurological condition affecting up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time. The disease causes messages from nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that control movement to gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste. The result is that people become locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe.

Some may experience changes in thinking and behaviour, with a proportion experiencing a rare form of dementia. MND kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis.

Today six people will be diagnosed and six will die from MND. There is no cure.

About the MND Association

The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

We are a membership organisation with over 9,000 members forming a powerful national and local network that provides information and support alongside fighting for improved services.

We have over 7,000 active volunteers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and around 190 paid staff, all dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by MND, now and in the future.

Our vision is a world free from MND.

Caring is a part of life. We need to start conversations about caring earlier, to break down stigma about current or future caring, raise awareness of the role of carers and create an environment where carers can access help and support.

Schools, colleges and universities can identify children, young people and adults with caring responsibilities. They can recognise the impact caring can have on their studies as well as their personal lives. They can take action to ensure carers get the help they need to cope with what can be an intense additional pressure.

Use Carers Week to raise awareness through assemblies, fairs, tutor groups and other activities. Train key figures such as school nurses and welfare reps to support young carers and refer them to appropriate services.

Here are some other practical actions you can take:

  • Offer flexibility with timetabling or internal deadlines.
  • Offer remote access (such as Skyping into a class) or distance learning where possible.
  • Introduce caring as a subject within the school curriculum. Talk about caring as a normal part of life, whether it is having grandparents who support each other, a brother or sister with a disability who needs care, or being a carer yourself.
  • Take steps to find out what you can do to identify any pupils or students who have caring responsibilities and support them to make sure they get help and their learning and studies are not affected.
  • Look after your own staff who have caring responsibilities.
  • Make sure your pupil and student welfare officers are aware of age-appropriate support for any pupils or students who have caring responsibilities.

Hold an event or activity Pledge to take a simple carer friendly action



Nearly half of carers work, alongside caring. To combine the two, carers need to be able to rely on good quality, flexible health and care services. They also need to have an understanding employer and flexible working arrangements.

Carers should be able to work in an environment that supports them. This can be achieved through formal policies and procedures, or informal arrangements with the support and understanding of colleagues and managers.

Use Carers Week to let your employees know what you're already doing to help them manage the strain of caring alongside work. It's also the perfect opportunity to launch something new.

Employers Managers 


There are some simple steps that employers can take to reduce feelings of isolation and ensure that carers are able to balance work with their caring responsibilities:

  • Introduce and promote flexible working policies.
  • Introduce paid care leave so that carers are not forced to take annual leave for caring emergencies.
  • Set up or encourage staff to set up a carers' staff network.
  • Invest in an employee assistance programme.
  • Ensure that there is regular communication to employees informing them of their rights, including their right to request flexible working and take emergency time off to care for dependents when they need it.
  • Around 1 in 9 of your employees will also be carers. Use Carers Week to make sure they are aware of the support available in the workplace and externally. Use a Carers Week email template or hold an exhibition or other event to help people to know what's available.
  • Ask your Human Resources department to highlight the kind of support people can get through flexible working.
  • When you are recruiting, be aware that candidates may have gained valuable skills as carers such as managing direct payments, and complex scheduling such as co-ordinating a range of professionals.

Hold an event or activity  Pledge to take a simple carer friendly action


You have a vital role in helping your staff juggle work alongside their caring responsibilities and help promote a carer friendly workplace.

There are many simple actions that you can take to support carers to be Healthy and Connected in your workplace:

  • Ensure that all your staff are aware of the relevant HR policies that your organisation has in place to support staff with caring responsibilities.
  • Make it easy for your employees to talk to you about their caring responsibilities at work and offer whatever support you can offer within your company's policies. Whether you can provide specific support or not, it is better for you and your staff if they are able to talk to you about their caring role, rather than overstretch themselves.
  • Signpost colleagues to support they can get outside the workplace, such as advice and information services and peer support groups.

Hold an event or activity  Pledge to take a simple carer friendly action


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