Carers Week: 6-12 June 2016
 
Today, Carers Trust is one of seven major charities to launch Carers Week 2016 – a nationwide awareness campaign to improve public understanding about caring and the unique challenges carers face. Carers Week will run from 6-12 June. 
 
Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Social Care and Community, joined the Carers Week charities to call on individuals and organisations from across the UK to sign-up to the campaign and do what they can to support carers in their community.
 
Around seven million people in the UK currently care, unpaid, for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Research for Carers Week 2015 revealed that carers are experiencing huge variations in the level of support and recognition they get from their local community. As a result, this is putting their health and ability to look after the person they care for at serious risk.
 
With this in mind, Carers Week 2016 will continue to focus on helping individuals, services and businesses to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services support carers to look after their family or friends, while recognising that carers are individuals with needs of their own.
 
Carers Week 2016 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society. 
 
Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said: 
 
“Carers Week is a great opportunity to highlight and recognise the rewarding work that unpaid carers do in looking after their family and friends. They make a massive contribution to our community, but are sometimes not necessarily acknowledged or supported in what they do.
 
“By continuing to build carer-friendly communities in places like schools and workplaces, we are recognising what they do and offering them the help and support they need. The local services we work with are helping to deliver this support by providing advice, information, respite care and other practical support.”
 
There are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers Week:
 
Visit the Carers Week website www.carersweek.org and:

  • Recommend an organisation or service that is carer-friendly
  • Invite organisations or services to take steps to become carer friendly
  • Commit to using our Carers Checklist to see how your organisation or service can become more carer friendly  
  • Join the thousands of people and organisations who have pledged their support for Carers Week

Follow Carers Week on Twitter @CarersWeek and use the hashtag #CarersWeek
Like Carers Week on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carersweek and join in with the discussions
Find out about what Carers Week events are happening in your local area and go along. Or you could run your own event. Find out what’s happening in your area: www.carersweek.org/events-near-you