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A new collection of poetry and short stories reveals the highs and lows of caring for a loved one as charity Carers UK publishes an anthology largely written by carers and former carers on the theme of ‘family, friends and carers’.

Landmark new rights for families caring for loved ones from 1 April 2015

As landmark new rights for families who care for someone who is older or has a disability or illness come into effect, Carers UK is calling for enough funding to be put in place to make the new rights a reality for families.

More understanding of caring is needed within the workplace as new research shows that 7 in 10 working carers have felt lonely or isolated at work as a result of their caring responsibilities for older, seriously ill, or disabled family members. 

Minister for Health and Social Services joins appeal to support those caring for loved ones
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Professor Mark Drakeford AM has joined five major charities in Wales to launch a nationwide drive to reach out to thousands of carers missing out on vital support and services. 
From today, the five charities are calling on individuals and organisations across Wales to sign up to Carers Week 2015, which takes place in June.
Too many carers across all age groups are struggling to look after older, disabled or seriously ill loved ones alone. This year Carers Week 2015 will focus on Building Carer Friendly Communities urging individuals, organisations and service providers in every community, including schools, hospitals, GPs and local authorities to take action to improve the lives of carers. 
This could mean running or attending one of thousands of events which will take place across the country, between 8th and 14th June, or by pledging to support carers in some way. For example an employer could design and implement a carer-friendly policy, a GP could be more flexible about appointment times or an individual could visit a neighbour in a caring role. 
Minister for Health and Social Services, Professor Mark Drakeford AM said   
“All of us at some point in our lives are either going to be caring for someone or need the help of a carer, so it’s in all our interests to get better support in place and to really recognise the huge contribution they make to our society.
We sometimes think we’re an uncaring society; but with more than 121,000 people in Wales becoming carers for older, sick or disabled loved ones every year, the numbers suggest otherwise.
As a government we are committed to ensuring we do everything we can to support carers across Wales and thank them for the invaluable work they do day in, day out. That’s why we have legislated to ensure that from April 2016, carers in Wales will have equal legal rights to those they look after. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act addresses real life issues which matter to carers. It ensures they receive the help they need, in the ways they need it.”
Carers Week Manager Diana Walles said: 
“This is our call to action to urge individuals, organisations and service providers to wake up to the needs of carers and do their bit. Across the UK 6.5 million - 1 in 10 people - are caring for a loved one. Without help and assistance at the right time carers can find themselves facing financial hardship, health problems, emotional stress and relationship breakdown.” 
Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support and MS Society and their Nation offices in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Individuals and organisations can sign up and also pledge their support to the initiative at
Notes for Editors 
·Carers Week will take place from 8 - 14th June 2015 UK wide 
·Case studies and spokespeople available on request 
·Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with thousands of events planned for carers across the UK. In 2014 more than 5,000 events took place across the country. 
·Carers Week is kindly supported by Sainsbury’s and Nutricia. 
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Twitter: @CarersWeek 
Carers UK is a charity registered in England and Wales (246329) and in Scotland (SC039307) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (864097)

Carers UK welcomes today’s report by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) which calls for more support for former carers. 

Government has today announced £1.6m of funding for pilot schemes that will look at how technology and support can help carers combine work with caring responsibilities, a recommendation of an Employers for Carers, Carers UK and Government report on how to better support carers to remain in work.

New research[i] by Carers UK reveals that 8 out of 10 carers have felt lonely or isolated as a result of looking after a loved one and over a third feel uncomfortable talking to friends about being a carer.

New research by the charity Carers UK reveals that 10.6 million people will take on a new unpaid caring role for relatives and friends who are sick or disabled over the next five years, but unless changes are made, will be left under-equipped to deal with the challenges of caring.

Today the Government has published the statutory regulations and guidance which accompany the Care Act 2014. We now have the details of how the Act will work in practice including the threshold at which carers and those with care needs will be eligible for support.

Today, on the publication of the new NHS Five Year Forward View, Carers UK warmly welcomes the new vision set out for the NHS. For the first time, it sets out a clear commitment to identify carers better, provide more help for carers in crisis and a new programme of support for NHS employees who also have caring responsibilities. 

Carers UK welcomes CQC’s message that it is calling time on the poor quality care that is letting down families, employers and society as a whole.

Carers UK has welcomed the Government announcement that from April 2015 the earnings threshold for Carer's Allowance will be raised to £110 a week.

Carers across the UK are being pushed to the brink – suffering exhaustion, physical and mental breakdown as they struggle to care for older or disabled loved ones.

Carers UK has responded to the publication of the final report by the Barker Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England.

Cuts to social care funding have reached £3.53 billion over the past four years, a survey published today by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) shows.

The extension of working rights is an important step in helping workers to combine caring responsibilities for family members with paid employment, charity Carers UK says.

News stats reinforce need for nation to wake-up to carers needs.

Research reveals crisis of carers struggling without support and huge gaps in national understanding of growing social issue.

Carers Trust and Carers UK respond to NHS England carer pledge, launched today at Carers UK's annual State of Caring conference.

Charity and industry unite a century of experience to innovate support for caring families. 

Dementia is moving “centre stage” as a business issue with more that can and must be done to address the care crisis now looming over the economy, business leaders will be told today

Carers UK is celebrating securing historic new rights for parents of disabled children as Peers agree a last minute amendment to the Children and Families Bill to include them in new legislative rights for carers.

12-month investigation by Carers UK exposes stark reality faced by those looking after loved ones who are older, disabled or seriously ill: loss of savings, debt and struggling to afford food and heating

Government slashes support for full-time carers of older and disabled loved ones

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