At some point in our lives 3 out of 5 of us will become carers. Caring can be both wonderful and tough. Right now, we know that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will be placing significant additional pressure on carers across the county. But we want carers to know they are not alone. In fact, carers should be celebrated for the incredibly vital work they do every day for friends and family members. Which is why we want to shine the light on the amazing work carers are doing right now, and to let them know that we are here to offer support and guidance along with practical and emotional support.
As well as all the media during the week – we are also working with our partners at West Sussex County Council to “shine a light” on everything carers do.
Together let’s make caring visible to our friends, family and at work, visible to other carers and visible to the communities we live in.
Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to bring caring right out into the open – recognising and celebrating the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This Carers Week, we’re recognising that now, more than ever before, it’s time for us to come together and help Make Caring Visible.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, yet they often feel isolated – and they are seven times more likely to say they are lonely than the general population. They will be looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, or who needs extra help as they grow older. Many carers feel isolated and that their caring role is hidden.
Everyone has a part to play in making sure these carers are seen, heard, and understood; and helping them to get the support they need to care.
This could include an employer setting up an online carers’ network, a GP practice offering an annual health check or alternative appointment times to carers, or a business offering special deals or priority access for carers. Or it could be each of us reaching out to our family, friends or neighbours, who we know are caring for someone, and letting them know that we are there for them too.
For more information, please visit the official Carers Week website.