Let the countdown to Carers’ Week begin. Over 6.5 million people care for a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness. Sometimes a person simply needs more help as they enter their senior years. Read on to find out how you can help to make caring visible and valued.
This year Carers Week is 7th – 13th June ‘21
Carers’ Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring. The week aims to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face. It recognises the contribution they make to families and our communities.
Significantly, many carers don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities. This week must also help those people to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
Across the country, the Corona pandemic has resulted in people facing new challenges. The pandemic may be nearly over, but it is definitely not for these people. Unfortunately, their roles see them face daily difficulties that often go unseen. We must recognise these people and understand those difficulties. Along with that, they deserve our respect for all they are doing. Providing them with information, support and understanding is one step towards helping them.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. An additional 4.5 million took on extra caring roles during the pandemic. During Carers’ Week, it is essential that we join together to help ‘Make Caring Visible and Valued.’
Thousands of individuals and organisations have brought this campaign to life. They provide vital support to carers to help them to keep going. Not only that, but they also run activities that highlight the vital role these carers play in our communities. In addition, they draw attention to just how important caring is.
Caring impacts all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work. Furthermore, carers are facing even more difficult circumstances this year. Unsurprisingly, many carers feel that caring roles is one of the most important things they do. Despite this, we should not underestimate the challenges they face. Caring without the right information and support is tough.
Join an Event
Organisations and individuals have planned hundreds of events nationwide www.carersweek.org
If you are a carer who live in Northants please look out for details of exciting events we run at Northamptonshire Carers:
- Music Making
- Wellbeing Workshops
- Dementia Friendly Get-togethers,
- Facebook Northamptonshire Carers
- Instagram Northamptonshire Carers
- Call 01933 677907
Specific teams from the Young Carers, Parent Carers and Working Carers projects also offering educational and fun activities. Please note some events are on-line.