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Carers Week 10-16 June 2019 Posted on 7 Jun 2019

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Getting Carers Connected this Carers Week 10-16th June 2019

In England 5.5 million people provide care, unpaid, 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.

Carers Week takes place each June to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the country. This year Carers Week is focussing on connecting carers to support.

Help get carers connected

Carers are not always identified by their GP practice. Many carers may not readily identify themselves as a carer. Instead, they see themselves as someone’s partner, relative or friend who is simply 'doing their best' to help someone they care about. That’s why they need support from health professionals to help them identify as carers and access the support that is available to them.

Many of your employees will also be providing unpaid care – recent polling by Carers UK suggests as many as one in five of the NHS workforce is an unpaid carer, compared with the national workforce average of one in seven. 

You could make a real difference by:

  • Helping carers identify by running awareness- raising activities. Why not hold an information stall in the surgery during Carers Week promoting the support available to carers from your Practice? You can find lots of resources on the Carers Week website. Don't forget to register any event on the Carers Week map.
  • Refering to carers’ services for more specialised information, advice and support.
  • Sharing what you’re doing and your support for carers with a
    Pledge on the Carers Week website.

You can find lots of ideas of how to get involved and get free resources to support your activity on the Carers Week website. Will you show your support for carers?

With best wishes,

Helen Walker

Chief Executive Carers UK on behalf of Carers Week

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