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For media enquiries, please contact Carers UK’s press office through the contact details below.

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Christine Casely, Senior Media and Case Studies Officer, Carers UK

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Case studies, good practice examples and spokespeople are available on request.

 

News

Carers Week highlights the physical and mental strain felt by unpaid carers

07 June 2018

The physical and mental strain of caring “jeopardising” unpaid carers’ ability to care in the future, warn national charities

 

Lack of sleep, performing care tasks and the impact on their finances named as top stressors by unpaid carers.

Eight national charities have come together to call for urgent support for unpaid carers to be Healthy and Connected as new research released at the start of Carers Week reveals the toll that caring can take on many carers’ own health and wellbeing.

 

Released for Carers Week 11th – 17th June, the research reveals:

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.

Unless more support is provided,national charities are warning that the UK’s carers won’t be healthy enough to care for loved ones in the future.

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Cookery for Carers with Portsmouth City Council

09 April 2018

Many of us struggle to sustain a healthy diet, but the added responsibility of caring for a loved one can make food choices an afterthought. This year, nearly half of carers responding to our State of Caring survey said they struggle to maintain a balanced diet whilst 6 in 10 said their physical health had worsened since they started caring.

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Combating Loneliness in the Workplace

03 April 2018

Caring for the people we love can feel like the most natural thing in the world. Yet, financial, emotional, and even physical demands have the power to create isolation – especially if your caring obligations are less understood in the workplace. On top of this, many people do not identify themselves as carers. 

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Sue explains the difference a carer friendly GP can make

12 June 2017

Former carer, Sue, tells us how a GP surgery supported her when she was caring for her mum, who had Alzheimer's disease.

"I was with mum when she got her diagnosis and it was a shock, even though I had suspected for a few years that she wasn't well. I didn't know what to do or what would happen in the future. My mum's GP didn't just give us her diagnosis and send us on our way; he was very helpful. He printed off information on Alzheimer's and identified me as a carer, pointing me to support.

Not enough value placed on unpaid care, says general public

09 June 2017

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.

Charities join forces to Build Carer Friendly Communities

24 February 2017

Eight major charities have combined forces to get communities across the UK to register events and pledge support in the run-up to Carers Week 2017 (12-18 June). 

David Mowat MP, Minister for Community Health and Care, joined senior representatives from the Carers Week charities, NHS, local government and business to launch community engagement for Carers Week encouraging local organisations, the public and carers to get involved in the week and pledge their support to build Carer Friendly Communities.

Inspiring Carers UK volunteer Jacqui talks about her Carers Week experience

16 June 2016

Inspiring Carers UK volunteer, Jacqui, shares with us her great Carers Week experience.

"Living in Rutland, a rural part of the country, it has always been difficult to find those who do not know that they are carers. So using the theme ‘building carer friendly communities’ I decided that this year I would approach 4 GP’s surgeries and a local chemist and asked if I could have a stall in their venues. All those approached said “yes”.

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Carers Week is also supported by:

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

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