This year, carers are under more pressure than ever - and they need our support. This Carers Week we look at who is a carer, what they do and how you can support them.
Who is a carer?
When people need help with their day to day living, they often turn to their family and friends. Looking after each other is something that we do.
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse issue, or who needs extra help as they grow older.
This year, carers are under more pressure than ever - and they need our support.
Up and down the UK there are millions of people caring unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. While these people are called carers, they would probably say they are just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour.
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.
News in brief
- Do something for carers. Caring can be a constant juggling and balancing act, sometimes without a moment’s rest and many carers can feel isolated.
- Why not use this Carers Week as an opportunity to reach out and have a conversation with someone you know is caring?
- In 2020, Carers Week is made possible through Carers UK working together with five other major charities: Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness.
Carers Week – get involved
This year there are even more ways to get involved in Carers Week. Go to https://www.carersweek.org/ to find out more
Published on 10 June 2020