Why we need to care for carers on #GivingTuesday
There are approximately seven million unpaid carers in the UK. Many of them face significant challenges due to the amount of time they need to spend caring for someone. A major challenge faced by many carers is loneliness.
How you showed you care about carers on #GivingTuesday
We ran our campaign on Twitter. And many of you joined in by taking a photo of yourself holding up a sign showing why you support carers and tweeted your message of support on 27 November.
Raising awareness of carers on #GivingTuesday
We used #GivingTuesday to increase awareness of carers and the challenges they face. We know that loneliness is a big issue for many carers – in our research with older carers, 81% said they felt lonely and isolated and 83% said their loneliness and isolation was having a negative impact on their health.
So, we focused on loneliness as part of our #GivingTuesday campaign, particularly as the festive season can be a particularly lonely time for some carers.
Find out more about our research into the challenges faced by older carers, including loneliness.
How we’re helping carers tackle loneliness
Carers Trust carer services across the UK are helping carers to tackle loneliness and with your support on #GivingTuesday we can help even more carers find out about the help on their doorstep.
- Find out how one young carer, Kate, was helped by her local carer service.
- And how Esmond, who cares for his mother, received the support he needed.
Getting support if you’re a carer
Find out how you can access local support if you’re a carer and are feeling lonely.
Other ways to support carers on #GivingTuesday
A big thank you if you’re getting involved on social media. We also have lots of other ways you can show you care for unpaid carers:
- Donate to our Christmas appeal.
- Make a donation and make a difference to carers.
- Take part in an event – run a marathon for us or hold a cake sale!
- Involve your company.