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An unsung army of heroes is being recognised in an awareness campaign this week.
Carers Week takes place from June 7 to June 12 to highlight the challenges faced by unpaid carers – and to focus on their invaluable contribution to society. The 2022 week of events is led by Carers UK, with the support of six other national charities – Age UK, Carers Trust, MND Association, Rethink Mental Illness, Oxfam GB and The Lewy Body Society.

What will Carers Week do?

The important work done by carers is all too often overlooked – but this week a spotlight is being shone onto their contribution to society.

As well as highlighting what carers do, the week-long event is also a way to reach people who, despite their responsibilities, don’t think of themselves as carers and don’t realise that help is available for them.

With this year’s theme of Visible, Valued and Supported, the aim is to ensure recognition and respect for carers and to give them information and support .

Organisers say the Covid-19 pandemic has had a “monumental impact” on the lives of unpaid carers – with many having to provide an increased amount of care.

What is a carer?

A carer is classed as anyone who looks after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older. It can be a tough role and can have an impact on carers’ relationships, work and health. It’s vital that they are given the help and support they need to enable them to look after themselves while they are caring for others.

Research by Carers UK for its 50th anniversary in 2015 found that 8 out of 10 carers had felt lonely or socially isolated as a result of looking after a loved one. The charity said carers faced problems including financial pressures and a lack of understanding from others.


Launch of New Campaign

This year Carers UK and the other charities involved with Carers Week 2022 have launched a campaign calling on the Government to outline additional support in a number of areas. This would include breaks, respite and care services, infection control, identification of carers, financial help, and support to juggle work and care. The charities say this would acknowledge the impact the pandemic has had on carers, and the people they care for, and would help to mitigate some of the adverse effects.


Get Involved

You can get involved in the campaign by writing to your MP. For more details visit https://www.carersuk.org/

Carers UK wants every carer in the country to be part of its movement for change. It welcomes donations and offers to fundraise.


Get Help

With its slogan “You are Not alone” the charity offers help and advice on a number of issues – such as coronavirus, health, work, relationships and financial and practical support.

More information about local support groups and services is available from local councils, who can also give advice on rights and arrange a carers assessment to look at what support is needed and what is available. Many of the charities supporting Carers Week 2022 also give guidance and help. Carers Trust has a network of local services providing support as well as a grants programme that can give one off support payments.


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