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Carers Week 2020

It is currently Carers Week (Monday 8th June – Sunday 14th June), an annual campaign to raise awareness of the challenges faced by unpaid carers and the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK. It is also an opportunity for charities and organisations to help people who have caring responsibilities, yet have not been identified as a carer, to access much-needed support.

According to the official Carers Week webpage, a carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, whether mental or physical, a substance misuse issue, or who need extra help as they grow older. There are estimated to be 6.5 million people in the UK who are currently recognised as carers. The amount and type of support undertaken by a carer varies considerably, from only for a few hours a week to pick-up prescriptions and prepare meals, to providing full time personal care.

The theme for Carers Week 2020 is ‘Make Caring Visible’. We all have a part to play in making sure carers are seen, heard, and understood. It is important they are able to access and receive the support necessary to offer the best level of care. Caring impacts all aspects of life across relationships, personal health, finances and work. The current pandemic is adding extra pressure, therefore ensuring carers have the information, guidance and support they need is essential during this time.

This week all Sunderland landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, Northern Spire and Keel Square, have been lit up blue and green in the colours of Sunderland Carers Centre. If you want to find their website and further support for carers, they can be found below.

Published 12/06/2020 by Rachel Lawson