Some 6.5 million people in the UK care, unpaid, for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend.
Whilst caring can be rewarding, without the right support, it can also take a serious toll on a carer’s health, relationships and finances. That’s why, this Carers Week (12-18 June), we are asking individuals and communities up and down the UK to do what they can to make life that little bit easier for carers. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can make a difference. This year, we want to highlight the importance of Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services understand what it’s like to be a carer and show what they are doing to help and support carers better. As such, we’re asking people to visit the Carers Week website to recommend Carer Friendly services. It might be an employer, local GP, pharmacy, local care service, school or a café that is Carer Friendly. We urge everyone to pledge their support to carers and make a change. Visit the Carers Week website http://www.carersweek.org/
Heléna Herklots CBE
Chief Executive of Carers UK, on behalf of Carers Week
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