Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges unpaid carers face. It also works to get recognition of the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities and highlight the vital role carers play in our communities, drawing attention to just how important caring is.
This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They are looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.
Caring’s impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated, and carers are facing even more difficult circumstances this year. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.
It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need.
At SIL we recognise how important being a carer is; we not only provide care for nearly 75 people through our team of support workers but we also work with many families supporting them to get the help they need to care for family members and friends.
We will contact the winner by reply to their original email.
Please note we may use some of the nominations on our Facebook page to highlight the importance of carers. We will only first names to identify any stories we use.
SIL provides a Direct Payment Support Service – we can assist you with getting the right financial assistance from local authorities to ensure that you get the help and support you need, help with keeping the books and on recruiting and managing additional help if you decide that is the right choice for you.
You could also go to www.carersuk.org to find out what support is available where you live.