Making caring visible and valued this Carers Week

This week, we’re supporting national Carers Week.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates and recognises the contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers – supporting family members and friends who are older, have a disability, mental or physical illness or need extra help as they grow older.

In Barnsley, it’s estimated that 28,429 people are caring for a family member or friend. Caring has a significant impact on people’s lives, from relationships and health to finances and work, and it’s important that carers can access the right support.

Many of the people we call carers would probably say that they are just being a husband, wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour. The support that carers provide varies considerably. It 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.

It’s important that carers are recognised and celebrated for the difficulties they experience and provided with information, support and understanding.

As part of Carers Week, from Monday 7 to Sunday 13 June, we’ll be sharing information on a range of services and how you can access the support available. Take a look at our Facebook and Twitter pages during the week for information each day on carers and the support in place.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “Carers Week is a time for us to recognise and celebrate the work of carers in our communities. It’s a great way for us to acknowledge the fantastic contribution made by carers, and to make sure that they get the support they need. If you’re a carer, I would encourage you to visit our website and look at the help and support available.”

For more information on the support available for unpaid carers, please visit the Carers Service page and Barnsley Carers Service Facebook page.

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