This week is the annual campaign for Carer’s week. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of caring, the challengers carers may face as well as recognise the contribution they make to families and communities.
This year we are being asked to focus on building Carer Friendly Communities. Carers week is full of activities and events throughout the UK which draws attention to just how important carers and caring is.
Carersweek.org are asking communities to be aware of the part unpaid carers play within their own community. For communities to have an understanding of a carer’s daily pressure which can often be hidden from view. Within a carer friendly community your local services and systems will be able to assist in making caring easier as well as the lives of carers. This can be various services such as hospitals, works places, schools or leisure centres.
Did you know that –
Three in five of us will be carers in our lifetime
By 2037 there will be 9 million carers in the UK
One in five adults have seen their full time work negatively affected
40% of carers have a breakdown in family relationships
Carers giving up work is having a cost impact on the economy
Six in ten carrs reach breaking point and require medical treatment
To find out more information on how you can help with your community visit www.carersweek.org
For help and advice if you are a carer visit carersuk.org, they offer advice and support across the country.