Cares Week 10-16 June 2024

Carers Week kicked off yesterday with a bang! Amazing to see how many of you have added your voices and activities to put carers on the map.

If you haven’t yet added your voice, please do so to make sure you’re putting carers on the map!
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The Carers Week report, ‘No choice but to care’ was also launched yesterday, covering the impact of caring and what support unpaid carers need from UK Government. In an election period it’s more important than ever to put carers on the map – so keep going! Every event and action helps add to a chorus of carers’ voices.

The report found that 62% of those who care, or previously provided care, said they had ‘no choice’ in taking on the role because no other options were available. This accounts for 10 million people. Unpaid carers are being forced into impossible situations, with many having to give up or reduce work, or juggle work and care (48%).

The biggest impact found was on mental health, with 63% of current and former unpaid carers saying caring had a negative impact on their mental health, and 24% saying it was ‘very negative’. 53% also said caring has a negative impact on their physical health.

Caring is challenging, and ill-health affects every family at some point. With no robust social care system to turn to carers have no choice but to take on the work, and this has a lasting effect on people. Read full report ‘No choice but to care’ report launches | Carers Week

Thank you for taking part this Carers Week!

I’m really pleased with this year’s Carers week focus.
For too long ministers etc have been saying it’s a choice, when it isn’t!
I’m sure there is also an element of sex discrimination too.
Anyone else agree?


So many sleep walk into caring…I am seeing it with my mother’s neighbour. Compassion is used against the person caring.

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