As part of the national Carers Week campaign, Barnsley Council is celebrating unpaid carers in Barnsley, recognising their value and the contribution they make to their families, local communities and society. This year Carers Week takes place from Monday 8 June until Sunday 14 June based around the theme of Making Caring Visible.
Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives, children and friends, who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. While these people are called carers, they would probably say that they are just a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour.
The amount and type of support that carers provide varies considerably. Support can range from a few hours a week, such as picking up prescriptions and preparing meals, to providing emotional or personal care day and night. Carers also help with tasks such as shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.
In Barnsley, it is estimated that 28,429 people are caring for a family member or friend. Caring has a significant impact on all aspects of life, from relationships and health to finances and work, and therefore, carers must be able to access the right support.
As part of the Carers Week celebration, Barnsley Council will be sharing information on a range of services and how to access the support that is available. Visit their social media channels during the week for information with each day focusing on a different theme around caring.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “Carers Week is an amazing way for us to recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and it is important that they get the support they need.
“I would encourage everyone who cares for others, to visit our Carers pages below and see what help and support is available.”