This year’s exciting new initiative, called Carers Week Quest, will take place between 9 and 15 June 2014 with the aim of reaching out to the thousands of carers in the UK who are currently missing out on the services and support available to them.
The week was officially launched by Care Minister Norman Lamb in Westminster on 12 February and was attended by national charity supporters.
Moira Fraser, Carers Trust Director of Policy and Research, who attended the event, said: “One in 10 people in the UK are carers, but many of them don’t know how to access the care, help and support that they need. Carers Week aims to identify them, raise awareness of the difficult situation they face and let them know that they are not alone, but that help and support is available.”
Our Network Partners will be among the services and centres hosting more than 12,000 events and activities during Carers Week to raise awareness of the support available to carers. This year we are very excited that Carers Trust will be leading on a specific young carers awareness day on Friday 13th of that week. The aim of the day will be to help raise the awareness and identification of young carers in schools and colleges as well as with the general public.
The very nature of caring means very often people either initially or ever identify themselves as carers, viewing their responsibilities as duties of helping a loved one. Without the right help and support, these unpaid carers can quickly find themselves cut off with their physical and mental health, financial well-being, and social life.
This is why it is important that we pledge to reach out to carers with help and advice, while also encouraging organisations and individuals in the general public to come together to support the UK’s seven million carers.