Carers: Spotlight is on communities

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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 also 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 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.

There are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers’ Week.

Visit the Carers’ Week website at www.carersweek.org and recommend an organisation or service that is carer friendly.

You can also pledge your support for Carers’ Week and carry out a change that will help your organisation or service to become more carer friendly.

Additionally, you can run an activity or event and add it to the Carers’ Week website to get a free event pack with resources.

Follow Carers’ Week on Twitter @CarersWeek and use the hashtag #carersweek

Like Carers’ Week on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carersweek and join in with the discussions.

Carers’ Week 2017 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society and Which? Elderly Care.

It is kindly supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition and the Lockwood Foundation.

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

Heléna Herklots CBE

Chief Executive of Carers UK