Some 6.5 million people in the UK care unpaid for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend.
Whilst caring can be rewarding, without the right support it can also take a serious toll on a carer’s health, relationships and finances.
That’s why this Carers Week (June 12-18) we are asking individuals and communities 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.
This year, we want to highlight the importance of Carer Friendly Communities – places where people and services understand what it’s like to be a carer and show what they are doing to help.
We’re asking people to visit the Carers Week website to recommend Carer Friendly services. It might be an employer, GP, pharmacy, care service, school or a café.
There are lots of ways to get involved in Carers Week.
Visit the website www.carersweek.org and recommend an organisation or service that is carer friendly, or pledge your support for Carers Week and carry out a change that will help your organisation to become more carer friendly.
Run an activity and add it to the Carers Week website to get a free event pack with resources.
Follow Carers Week on Twitter @CarersWeek and like it at www.facebook.com/carersweek
Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society and Which? Elderly Care, and supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition and the Lockwood Foundation.
Join in this Carers Week to build communities that recognise and value the vital contribution carers make to our families, communities and wider society.
Heléna Herklots CBE
Chief Executive of Carers UK