News Release 43/19
11th June 2019
10th – 16th June is Carers Week this year, and the need to support people who care for partners, relatives and friends who can’t manage alone is greater than ever. There are an estimated 6.5 million people in Britain providing care, and often they are juggling this with looking after children and paid employment.
Services for Independent Living(SIL) is inviting carers, services and businesses to recognise and support unpaid carers this Carers Week and celebrate the vital contribution made by carers in Herefordshire.
Shelagh Callaghan, SIL’s Head of Marketing and DPSS said: “It’s hugely important our community recognises the contribution of unpaid carers this Carers Week. We work with a great many families with caring responsibilities; looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it sometimes comes with its difficulties, including getting the right support. This Carers Week all parts of the community – family and friends, employers, businesses, schools, health and care services – have a role to play in getting carers connected to the information and support they need.”
“SIL shares information on national and local support groups on our website and social media. In addition all of our services are not just about supporting the individual with the support plan or budget but improving and empowering the whole family”.
Hundreds of events are taking place across the country during Carers Week and many people have already pledged their support for carers online. To find out more about events in Herefordshire visit https://www.carersweek.org/get-involved/events-near-you