Carers Week is an annual national campaign which aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognize the contribution that they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year’s theme is “Making caring visible, valued and supported”. The aim is to ensure that caring is valued and respected by everyone in our society and carers have access to the information and support they need, where and when they need it.
Angus Health and Social Care Partnership and its key partner Angus Carer Centre recognise the immense contribution made by unpaid carers in Angus, 365 days a year.
Peter Burke, the Carers Representative on Angus Integration Joint Board (IJB) said, “Only about 3,000 out of the estimated 19,000 unpaid carers in Angus receive any type of formal support. We want to raise awareness among the general public to identify who are the unsupported, unpaid carers. Many may reject the label of ‘carer’, so we want to ask, ‘do you provide help to someone who would not cope without it?’ If the answer is yes, then you’re an unpaid carer, and you could be missing out on support, financial benefits, and the ability to shape the services for those who you support.”
You can support this year’s Carers Week by:
- Making a difference by volunteering: https://www.anguscarers.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/
- Spreading the word and making caring more visible: https://twitter.com/AngusCarers https://www.facebook.com/AngusCarersCentre
- Finding out if we can help: https://www.anguscarers.org.uk/request-for-support/
- Supporting us: https://www.anguscarers.org.uk/get-involved/donating/
For more information on what activities are planned, visit Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/carers-week-396299 or call Angus Carers Centre on 01241 439157.”