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Lucy talks about juggling caring with studying

12 June 2017

For the last year, Lucy O'Brien, a 29-year-old mental health nursing student from the University of South Wales, has been the sole carer for her mother, who has terminal cancer and is now receiving palliative care at home.

An estimated 6m people in the UK are carers – giving their own time to help support a friend or relative with a disability, illness or condition.

James' story highlights the challenges of work and care

12 June 2017

James, 28, became a carer literally overnight. His dad, Owen, had a fall and was paralysed below the neck. As an only child James' life changed.

"Dad was an imposing man both in terms of his character and physical appearance. He was always sure of himself and decisive. Growing up, I have a lot of memories of visiting him at work, where he was in charge of health and safety on London's largest building sites.

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”.

Carers report dropping out of education or getting lower grades due to inadequate support from education services

09 June 2016

The life chances of many of the 6.5 million people in the UK who care, unpaid, for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend, are being damaged by inadequate support from education services, according to new research launched today for Carers Week 2016.

Carers aged 18 and over in education or training2 reported significant barriers to being able to balance caring for a family member or friend with their studies:

Caitlin’s Wish: Raising awareness for young carers

09 June 2016

Victoria Lewin writes about the number of hiddden young carers in the UK.

The 2011 UK census stated that there were 200,000 young carers in the UK, but subsequent research shows that this figure is inaccurate – indeed it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Professor Saul Becker has pioneered young carers research since the 1990s, and in 2010 he worked on research with the BBC, which showed that there are approximately 700,000 children providing the highest level of care, including personal care, in the UK today.

Dreams Come True: The Odd Pigeon

09 June 2016

Read 14-year-old Olivia's story, who cares for her mother, who has multiple sclerosis. 

I’m Olivia, I’m 14 and I’ve been caring for my mother, who has MS, for the past six years. I am always on the go. If I’m not at home, I’m either at school or at work earning money to save for when we need it most.

We are a single-parent family. Mum, my two brothers and I are all very closely connected. We have strong family ties, partly down to MS.

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
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  • MND logo
  • Which Elderly Care logo

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