What is Carers Week?
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
This year, carers across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding. So during Carers Week, we're coming together to help Make Caring Visible and Valued.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They are looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring's impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work can be significant, and carers are facing even more difficult circumstances this year. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough. It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need.
Carers UK 2021, About Carers Week [Online]. Available at https://www.carersweek.org/about-carers-week/ [Accessed 10 May 2021].
This year, PKAVS Carers Hub has worked in partnership once again with different Health and Social Care organisations to provide unpaid carers in Perth and Kinross with some meaningful events.
Like last year’s Carers Week event, this year’s celebration will be delivered online. We would like to encourage you to participate in these online events as much as possible and hopefully, we will be able to do a proper face-to-face event next year like we used to do. Please look at the events calendar and contact us at 01738 567076 (option 2) or email firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to book a space.
To find out more about the Strive for Life Health Walks happening during Carers Week in your area, please click on the link below
See you there!
Organisations who may be able to advise on practical issues or general inquiries regarding carers and your caring role.
Information and advice about equipment and technology that may make your caring role a little easier.
Within our newsletter, we hope that you will find useful contacts, information, and details of support available for Carers within Perth & Kinross and further afield.
Would you like to know more about the options and opportunities available to you in the local area?