CARERS: Making a difference

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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 take a serious toll on a carer’s health, relationships and finances.

That’s why this Carers’ Week (June 12-18) we are asking individuals and communities 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.

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.

We’re asking people to recommend carer friendly services. It might be an employer, GP, pharmacy, care service, school or café. We urge everyone to pledge their support.

There are lots of different ways to get involved.

Visit the Carers’ Week website at www.carersweek.org and recommend a service that is carer friendly, carry out a change that will help your organisation to become more carer friendly, or run an event and add it to the website to get a free pack with resources.

Follow Twitter @CarersWeek and Facebook at www.facebook.com/carersweek

Join in this Carers’ Week to build communities that recognise the vital contribution carers make to our families, communities and wider society.

Heléna Herklots CBE

Chief Executive of Carers UK