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Unpaid carers talk about the challenges and realities of caring

11 June 2019


On 10th June 2019, the seven charities responsible for delivering Carers Week came together to run a speed-networking event in Parliament to ensure that politicians had the chance to meet with carers and understand the challenges that they face in 2019.


The seven charities involved were: Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rethink Mental Illness, and Sense. Each brought a number of carers with them to the event, to meet with MPs and Peers and talk to them about the reality of being a carer. The event was also attended by the headline supporter for Carers Week, British Gas, as well as by Nutricia Advanced Medical Research.


We were delighted that both Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage, and Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Justin Tomlinson, were able to join us and talk to carers about the challenges they face in delivering care for family members or friends.


Commenting on the event, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

"Holding our annual speed-networking event in Parliament provides carers, and the charities involved in delivering Carers Week, the opportunity to network with parliamentarians and tell them what the reality of caring for someone is in 2019.

"Carers across the country play a hugely important role in supporting friends, family members and others in their community; so we were delighted to see so many parliamentarians attend the event this year and hope that those who attended will continue to show their support for carers all year round. It was particularly pleasing that both the Minister of State for Care, and the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work were able to come and talk at length with some of the carers and we will continue to work with both their departments in the coming months to ensure carers get a better deal."


In total 102 parliamentarians (99 MPs and 3 Peers) attended the event. Carers UK and the other charities involved will be conducting follow-up work with attendees over the coming months to ensure they continue to support carers; both in their constituencies, and nationally. Positively, a number of new parliamentarians have already joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers (for which Carers UK provides the secretariat), which was recently addressed by Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP. Additionally, we are hoping to hold a debate in parliament on carers and caring this Autumn, once MPs have returned from their summer recess.

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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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