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Minister joins charities to urge communities to do what they can to support those looking after family and friends

25 February 2016

Today, seven major charities launched Carers Week 2016 – a nationwide awareness campaign to improve public understanding about caring and the unique challenges carers face. Carers Week will run from 6-12 June.

Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Social Care and Community, joined the Carers Week charities to call on individuals and organisations from across the UK to sign-up to the campaign and do what they can to support carers in their community.

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6.5 million people in the UK currently care, unpaid, for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Research for Carers Week 2015 revealed that carers are experiencing huge variations in the level of support and recognition they get from their local community. As a result, this is putting their health and ability to look after the person they care for at serious risk.

With this in mind, Carers Week 2016 will continue to focus on helping individuals, services and businesses to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that carers are individuals with needs of their own.

Carers Week 2016 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society. (See below for photo caption).

Carers Week spokesperson said: "Carers Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the vital contribution carers make to our families, communities and wider society. We know that caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time, caring can also take a serious toll on a carer's health, relationships and finances.

"By shedding light on what it means to be a carer, we hope that everyone will be inspired to do what they can to make life that little bit easier for carers. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can make a difference. Building Carer Friendly Communities won't happen overnight, but we can make them a reality – one brick at a time."

Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt said: “Carers Week is a great opportunity to recognise the invaluable contribution that carers make to society. After all, caring will touch each and every one of us at some point in our lives; whether we take on a caring role for a loved one or we need care ourselves.

“Through the Government’s new carers’ strategy, we want to ensure that carers are supported to care well for their loved ones and have a life of their own outside of caring. Individuals, organisations and communities can all work together to make this a reality. I would encourage everyone to sign-up to Carers Week and find out how they can help build Carer Friendly Communities.”

There are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers Week:

  • Recommend an organisation or service that is carer friendly
  • Invite organisations or services to take steps to become carer friendly
  • Commit to using our Carers Checklist to see how your organisation or service can become more carer friendly
  • Join the thousands of people and organisations who have pledged their support for Carers Week
  • Run an activity or event

Photo caption:

Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Care and Support (centre), with the Carers Week charity partners, sponsors and supporting organisations.

From left to right:

  • Janet Morrison (Chief Executive, Independent Age)
  • Tim Fallowfield (Company Secretary and Operating Board Sponsor for Disability & Carers, Sainsbury's)
  • Hannah Pearce (Head of Public Affairs, Age UK)
  • Heléna Herklots (Chief Executive, Carers UK)
  • Dr Fran Woodward (Executive Director of Policy and Impact, Macmillan Cancer Support)
  • Laura Bennett (Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers Trust)
  • Michelle Mitchell (CEO, MS Society)
  • David McNally (Head of Patient Experience, NHS England)
  • Chris James (External Affairs Director, Motor Neurone Disease Association)
  • Kate Hall (External Affairs Manager, Nutricia)
  • Ray James (President, ADASS)
  • Cem Kucukcan (‎General Manager, UK & Ireland Nutricia / Danone CODI)

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
  • MSS-logo-orange partnersrow
  • MND logo
  • Which Elderly Care logo

Proudly supported by:

  • The Lockwood
    Charitable Foundation
  • Nutricia


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