Carers Week 2021


Carers Week 7 to 13 June 2021

Carers First is on a mission to support and recognise carers during Carers Week in June.

Nobody understands carers more than Carers First does, and this year, as it celebrates 30 years of working alongside carers, the charity hopes to reach more carers than ever to help them live their lives to the fullest.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers – supporting family members and friends who are older, have a disability, mental or physical illness or need extra help as they grow older.

Between 7 and 13 June, Carers First will be inviting other organisations, like health and care services, schools, employers and businesses across the community to recognise the vital contribution made by unpaid carers.

 

Read some of our carer stories here.

 

Each year, unpaid carers save the UK economy £132 billion (the cost of a second NHS) but this enormous contribution is often overlooked and caring without the right information and support can be tough.

Carers First encourages carers in need of support to visit carersfirst.org.uk or call the Helpline on 0300 303 1555

As well as raising awareness of caring, the charity is hosting a number of events for carers during the week.

Alison Taylor, Chief Executive at Carers First, said:

“Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but we also know it can also be difficult at times, especially without access to the right support. This Carers Week we will be engaging with other professionals – to help them to make caring visible. We will also be holding events to show our already registered carers how much we value their incredible contribution.”

On behalf of the Carers Week charities, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic unpaid carers have played an essential role supporting older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends, doing so most of the year on their own behind closed doors. They have forgone breaks from caring and much of the support they would normally have relied on.”

Although Carer First has continued, throughout the pandemic, to provide their usual support service and group sessions by moving them online, it is already to starting to plan more outdoor and face to face events as part of its recovery plan.

Hundreds of other activities are also taking place across the country during Carers Week and many people have Added Their Voice on the Carers Week website to make caring visible this year. To find out more about activities visit https://www.carersweek.org  

Call 0300 303 1555 or visit our website Carersfirst.org.uk.

Would you like to be part of the conversation? Email partners@carersfirst.org.uk to find out how you can help.