National Carers Week: Who Is a Carer?
A carer is a person who provides support or care for someone who has an illness, addiction, disability, mental health issue or who is elderly. It is known that being a carer can be extremely rewarding, but equally the responsibilities entailed can have a significant impact on all aspects of the carer’s life, including their mental health and general well being. Anxiety and stress often become overwhelming and sleepless nights and financial worries can add to already busy work life.
It is estimated that there are 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK with 1 in 9 currently in the workforce (although there are likely to be many more because family carers caring for a loved one do not consider themselves officially as carers because they feel that it is something they just ought to do). This unpaid care work would have cost the UK £530 million per day.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of carers has increased substantially with more carers than ever registered and many more unregistered. Managing caring responsibilities on top of everyday duties can be particularly overwhelming when already trying to juggle careers, children and many other life commitments.
National Carers Week: What Is Carers Week?
Carers Week is a campaign to raise awareness and give much-needed support to carers across the UK, a part of society that is often undervalued and underpaid. Carers make a massive contribution to society and this campaign is used to highlight and give much-needed support to these often overlooked roles. Carers often pride themselves on taking care of a loved one and do not recognise their own individual needs.
Carers Week takes place between 6-12 June 2022. The theme for this year’s Carers Week is “Make Caring Visible, Valued and Supported”
“We believe that unpaid carers and the challenges of caring should be recognised in all areas of life, caring should be valued and respected by everyone in our society, and carers should have access to the information and support they need, where and when they need it.” – carersweek.org
Part of the aim of the campaign is to draw awareness to the support that carers need. Have a look through the website here to find out how you could gain advice, access support or take part or help organise many of the activities on offer. Many employers can be reasonable and flexibility is essential when considering staff and their roles within their families.
Carers often carry the burden in silence, often suffering but feeling obliged to do ‘their duty’. Careers should be encouraged to join the numerous carers’ groups that are around, and, not forfeit their own well-being.
Often carers feel trapped between bringing up their young families whilst also helping their elders which means they have no time for themselves. This is not healthy and carers need a balanced view of their roles. Often this is forgotten and their emotional well-being suffers as a result. From a society’s perspective, this then filters down to family life so it’s really important to look after yourself.
By bringing awareness of these issues Carers’ Week aims to illustrate to society as a whole the extra special role these people play and to appreciate and support them on every level.
For more information visit Carers Week Official Home page.
National Carers Week: How To Get Involved
If you’d like to organise an event for carers or take part in one yourself, as a carer, click the link below to see what is scheduled for Carers Week 2022. There are also useful guides for carers regarding financial support and advice. Others can get involved by raising awareness, and organising and sharing related content. You can also make a pledge/donation by clicking this link here: