CARERS WEEK 11th – 17th JUNE 2018…

Carers Week 2018 research

Carers Week 11th-17th June 2018 are looking at all the ways they can support carers to stay Healthy and Connected. Building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.

Help celebrate and raise awareness for these very special individuals. The physical and mental strain of caring “jeopardising” unpaid carers’ ability to care in the future, warn national charities Lack of sleep, performing care tasks and the impact on their finances named as top stressors by unpaid carers. Eight national charities have come together to call for urgent support for unpaid carers to be Healthy and Connected as new research released at the start of Carers Week reveals the toll that caring can take on many carers’ own health and wellbeing.

Released for Carers Week 11th – 17th June, the research reveals that almost three quarters (72%) of carers in the UK said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring, while well over half (61%) said their physical health had worsened.

Unless more support is provided, national charities are warning that the UK’s carers won’t be healthy enough to care for loved ones in the future. You can recognise and celebrate carers by making a pledge on the Carers Week website. 

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Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

This Carers Week, we’re coming together to build communities that support the health and wellbeing of carers. Around 6.5 million people in the UK are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend. 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. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own well-being whilst caring. The impact of caring on health and well-being should not be underestimated this Carers week we will be looking to share examples of good practice from supporters of which have helped carers to stay Healthy and Connected.

Find out how you can get involved in Carers Week to help carers to stay Healthy and Connected.

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