As one of the partners of Carers Week 2013, we are inviting carers to complete a new survey to explore how emotionally and practically prepared they were for their caring role.

Findings from the "Prepared to Care?" survey will be incorporated into a report to be published at the start of Carers Week 2013— taking place this year from Monday 10th to Sunday 16th June.

Highlighting the impact of caring

The "Prepared to Care?" survey aims to not only reveal the impact that caring has on the daily lives of the existing carer population, but also whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.

Every day at least 6,000 people start caring. That’s 6,000 people whose lives are suddenly and significantly changed through the practical, emotional and financial requirements of caring for a loved one.

The survey should take less than 30 minutes to complete—but could make a big future difference to carers across the UK.

About Carers Week

Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. It does this by:

  • Celebrating and recognising the contribution the UK’s 6.4 million carers make to the people they care for and their communities.
  • Helping the public identify themselves as carers and access the support, advice and information they need.
  • Highlighting the challenges of caring and campaigning for sustainable funding for services and support for carers and the people they care for.

Carers Week is delivered by a partnership of charities: Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society and Parkinson's UK. It is supported by Independent Age, the Stroke Association and Carewell.

Register to take part in Carers Week 2013 now and receive a free welcome pack sponsored by Sainsbury's.