There are currently 6.5 million carers in the UK who 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.
This Carers week, running from 10th – 16th June, aims to support carers to get connected to their communities, helping them to get the support they need and deserve. This could include employers creating carer-friendly policies, GP practices offering annual health checks or alternative appointment times or even leisure centres offering special deals for carers.
What is a carer?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, menta or physical illness, substance misuse issue, or who needs extra help as they grow older.
For some taking on a caring role can be sudden; someone in your family has an accident or your child is born with a disability.
For others, caring responsibilities can grow gradually over time: your parents can’t manage on their own any longer; your partner’s or your child’s mental or physical health gradually worsens.
The amount and type of support that carers provide varies considerably. It can range from a few hours a week, such as picking up prescriptions, preparing meals or cleaning to providing emotional or personal care day and night.
Without the right support caring can have a significant impact.
If you or someone you know cares for someone and you would like to find out more about available support and benefits, check out these helpful websites for information.