Please campaign with us this Carers Week

Hello everyone

To help raise awareness of Carers Week 2021, please contact your local MP and ask them to publicly recognise unpaid carers and tell them about our new breaks campaign we have launched today!

Millions of carers have gone to extraordinary lengths over the past year to look after and support those they care for, with many caring around the clock without any meaningful breaks. This increased support has often come at great personal cost and left carers exhausted, burnt-out, and increasingly worried about the future. Our research in October 2020 shows that two thirds of carers have not had any breaks at all since the start of the pandemic.

That’s why this Carers Week we will shine a spotlight on the lack of breaks that carers have been able to take in the past year, and the worrying impact this is having on their health and wellbeing, as well as their ability to work and live a meaningful life beyond caring. To address this situation, we are calling on the Government to urgently increase funding for carers’ breaks by an additional £1.2 billion, so all carers providing significant hours of care can take a break.

To raise awareness of our campaign, please take a couple of minutes to write to your local MP ahead of Carers Week. When doing so, please tell them about your own experience of caring and how long it has been since you had a meaningful break. We have provided a template letter and ask that you add your own personal experience to this, before sending it, if you are currently caring!


Please forward any response you receive from your MP to, so that we can follow up with them, if you are happy to do so.

Thank you for your support!


Healthcare workers, first responders, the people who go to work everyday to support them.
All straight up heroes.

Whilst no-one disputes that those working in the care sector are heroes at this time, this campaign is for those of us who care for a family member and/or friend in an UNPAID, NON-PROFESSIONAL capacity -

WE are the unforgotten army who do it for love not remuneration.
WE are the ones that have gone unrecognised, ignored and unsupported by the state for decades and even more so during the Covid pandemic (even though we save the state millions every year).

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Dear Michael

For some strange reason this topic of yours is being spammed almost daily :open_mouth:
I am, therefore locking it :slight_smile: