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Supporting carers in your constituency

Getting Carers Connected - ways to support

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 seven 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 2019, Carers Week is focussing on Getting Carers Connected.

How can we all Get Carers Connected?

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.

This 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 can you as a politician help Get Carers Connected?

As a politician you could:

  • Download our social media toolkit and share on your twitter and facebook accounts
  • Meet with a local carers' organisation in your community
  • Encourage organisations, services and employers in your constituency or community to Get Carers Connected.
  • Raise the profile of caring and carers in your Parliament/Assembly/Council or local media.

You can Pledge to Get Carers Connected


Carers Week

Carers Week 2019 headline supporter:


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Carers Week is also supported by:






These organisations have joined together to make Carers Week happen in 2019:

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