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Putting Carers On The Map

Carers Week (10th-16th June) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the 5.7 million unpaid carers across the UK, highlight the challenges they face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who may not identify as carers to get the support they need with the caring responsibilities they have.

A carer is anyone who looks after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older. This can impact all aspects of life including relationships and health to finances and work. Carers can face a number of challenges, and without any external help and support, caring for someone can be tough. It is important that carers get the recognition for the contributions they make in order for them to access the support they need to care safely.

The theme for this year's campaign is 'Putting carers on the map', in order to make sure the voices of unpaid carers are heard in the community. Each day will also have a specific focus:

  • Monday: Launching the latest Carers Week research

  • Tuesday: Health and social care

  • Wednesday: Work and employment

  • Thursday: Younger carers

  • Friday: Older carers

  • Saturday: Mental health and wellbeing

  • Sunday: Reflections on Carers Week

Taking care of your health and wellbeing is essential when you are caring for someone, but it can be challenging. You may struggle to eat and sleep well, find the time to exercise and manage your stress levels. It’s common to feel lonely or isolated as a carer, especially as friends and family might not understand how difficult it can be. You can find out about local support groups and services by contacting your local council or NHS services.

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