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Supporting carers in your constituency to be Healthy and Connected

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 focused 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?

During Carers Week we asked organisations, services and employers to pledge their support. 

For Carers Week 2018 we released research on the health and wellbeing of carers. This research revealed that almost three quarters (72%) of carers in the UK said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring, while well over half (61%) said their physical health had worsened.

Carers were most likely to say that the impact of stress and anxiety on their own health was their main worry about the impact of caring on their own health and wellbeing.

Carers named the main stressors contributing most to their stress and anxiety as not getting enough sleep, providing hands on care for the person they care for, and managing financially.

You can still 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

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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