Ways to get involved
Whether you are a carer or someone being cared for; an organisation, school or charity; a politician, health or social care professional; or just someone who cares about unpaid carers - there are plenty of ways to get involved this Carers Week.
Make Caring Visible and Valued
Carers Week is brought to life by individuals, groups and organisations coming together from around the UK. This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many people and current carers are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and need support. And now, more than ever, it’s important that we highlight the challenges that the 6.5 million people providing unpaid care are facing across our nations.
So let’s raise our voices and let everyone know that carers deserve to be recognised for the vital contribution they make – and that we are there for each other during Carers Week and beyond. Let's Make Caring Visible and Valued in 2021.
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Add your voice
This year we want as many people as possible to join in by adding their voices to our call to Make Caring Visible and Valued. In just a few clicks, you can add your name and photo to our wall – and then tell your friends, family and colleagues to get involved too. Together, we can really make some noise!
Carers Week activities
All around the UK, in every nation, individuals and organisations will be hosting activities throughout Carers Week. Community groups are hosting wellbeing sessions online, employers are sharing how they support colleagues who are juggling work with unpaid care, volunteers are phoning carers in their community for a chat and to check they are okay, healthcare teams are displaying information, while others are offering free online feel good sessions – there really is something for everyone.
If you're organising an activity for Carers Week, make sure you add it to the site (and check out our downloads to help make the most of your day). And if you're a carer, check out what's going on every day.
Pledge your support
What will you do to recognise, support and celebrate carers? We're calling on you to add your pledge to show how you'll help Make Caring Visible and Valued during Carers Week and beyond.
Better breaks for unpaid carers
Carers have been under extraordinary pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many caring around the clock without access to support.
Please join us in calling on the government to increase funding for carers' breaks.