Carers Week 7–13 June 2021
Let's Make Caring Visible and Valued in 2021
We’re one of six organisations that worked together to make Carers Week happen in 2021, making 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 our nations are continuing to face challenges as a result of COVID-19. Many people and current carers took on even more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older who need help, but some carer support services have been withdrawn due to the pandemic.
During Carers Week we celebrated unpaid carers’ contribution and highlighted the continued challenges they face. We let everyone know that unpaid carers deserve to be recognised for the vital contribution they make – and that we are there for unpaid carers during Carers Week and beyond.
A big thank you to everyone who took part and helped us generate lots of media coverage and activity on social media, including a feature on the BBC East Midlands Today Evening News and in the London Post. With your help we were able to highlight how unpaid carers are being supported by Network Partners, including in Blackburn and Darwen and Brighton and Hove.
Nasr cares for his wife. During the pandemic he took part in a mindfulness course with his local Carers Trust service in Yorkshire.
Young adult carer James helps care for his younger brother and sister. With help from his local Carers Trust service he was able to apply for a Carers Trust grant which enabled him to buy recording equipment, helping him to get some respite through music during lockdown.
Ways you could have got involved in Carers Week 2021
This year there were even more ways to get involved in Carers Week. You could have:
- Added your voice to our call to Make Caring Visible and Valued.
- Checked out our wall of voices from people and organisations who have already added theirs.
- Added your activity to tell everyone about what you had planned for Carers Week.
- Checked out activities currently listed.
- Pledged your support and what you plan to do for unpaid carers – or be inspired by viewing pledges already received.
And keep watching the website for news of the 2022 Carers Week.