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Carers Week 2022 - 'Make Caring Visible, Valued and Supported'

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a monumental impact on unpaid carers’ lives – not only because of the increased amount of care that many provided, but because of the far-reaching effect that providing this level of care has had on unpaid carers. Many people also took on new caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, provided with information, and given the support they need to care safely. So, during Carers Week, we came together to make caring Visible, Valued and Supported.

A Recovery and Respite Plan for unpaid carers

Carers UK and the six other charities involved with Carers Week 2022 called on Government to outline additional support for carers across a range of areas – including breaks, respite and care services, infection control, identification of carers, financial help, and support to juggle work and care. Doing so would recognise the enormous impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on carers’ lives, as well as the people they care for, and help to mitigate some of the negative impacts that caring can have on carers’ physical and mental health.

Despite the call for a Recovery and Respite Plan receiving support from MPs on a cross-party basis, as well as the APPG on Carers, the Government responded to a joint letter, sent by the Chief Executives of all the charities involved in Carers Week 2022 (see below), that they had ‘no plans’ to do so.

Carers UK and the other charities involved continue to push for the implementation of a Recovery and Respite Plan; our hope is this will lead to the creation of a National Carer’s Strategy in 2022/2023.

You can find out more about the campaign and read our open letter to government here.

Get involved

We all have a role to play in helping make caring Visible, Valued and Supported, whether it's by providing support to a member of your local community group or connecting with a family member or friend who is caring for someone.

You can find out more about Carers Week and how to get involved here: www.carersweek.org

Carers Week is led by Carers UK, with the support of six other national charities in 2022: Age UK, Carers Trust, MND Association, Rethink Mental Illness, Oxfam GB and The Lewy Body Society.

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