A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.
Carers Week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.6 million unpaid carers – people who look after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without them.
Carers Week raises awareness of caring, highlights the challenges unpaid carers face and recognises the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
For this Carers Week, we're coming together to help Make Caring Visible.
How to get involved
Here are some ways that you can help make caring visible in your community:
- Download the Carers Week resources
- Follow the Carers Week Twitter
- Like the Carers Week Facebook page
- Write to your MP and ask them to show their support for Carers Week 2020
Making Caring Visible will help carers get the information and support they need.
For more information and resources, head to https://www.carersweek.org/