Local people, services and businesses in Reading are coming together to support carers, and celebrate the vital contribution they make for Carers Week 2017 on 12-18 June.
Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. 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. The amount and type of support that carers provide varies considerably. It can range from a few hours a week, such as picking up prescriptions and preparing meals, to providing care day and night.
Thousands of events are taking place across the country, for Carers Week, and thousands of people have already pledged their support for carers online. To find out more about events in Reading visit www.carersweek.org
Dr Kajal Patel, GP Lead for Cancer at South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group, said:: “Carers Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the vital contribution made by the people in Reading who care, unpaid, for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend, and we are proud to support it. Caring can be a rewarding experience but without the right support carers can face financial hardship, ill-health, emotional stress and isolation. That is why it is really important people let their GP know if they care for someone as they can offer you further support.
“It’s fantastic to see events taking place across our area to support local carers, and we’ll be promoting them to encourage people to go along.”
To find out how to get local support in if you are in a caring role, visit: www.carersweek.org/support
For media enquiries, please contact:
Jan Leslie, Communications Officer
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Notes to Editors
About Carers Week 2017
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 and kindly supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition and the Lockwood Foundation.
To find out how you can get support in your caring role, visit: www.carersweek.org/support
Facts about carers
- 6.5 million people in the UK are carers; that’s 1 in 8 adults (Census 2011)
- By 2037, it is estimated that the number of carers in the UK will rise to 9 million (Carers UK)
- Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people every year (Carers UK)
- 58% of carers are women and 42% are men (Census 2011)
- The unpaid care provided by the UK’s carers is worth £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer (Carers UK, University of Sheffield, University of Leeds)
- Over 3 million people juggle care with work, however the significant demands of caring mean that 1 in 5 carers are forced to give up work altogether (Carers UK)
- A BBC Survey (2010) estimated there are more than 700,000 young carers
- There are 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 16-25 (Census 2011)
- 1 in 5 people aged 50-64 are carers (Census 2011)