Carers Week (7th-13th June) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring. Highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face, campaigners aim to boost recognition for the valuable contributions made for families and wider communities throughout the country.
This year’s campaign is focused around making caring visible and valued. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or who needs extra help as they grow older. It isn’t someone who volunteers or is employed to provide support.
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.
Alyn Smith MP said:
‘The work that carers of all backgrounds do in our communities cannot be unstated, even more so during a global pandemic. Some of the most vulnerable members of our society maintain their dignity and quality of life thanks to the hard work and dedication of our carers.
‘I’m very glad to support efforts during Carers Week to raise awareness and understanding of the profession, and echo efforts to improve working and volunteering conditions.’
Alyn Smith has signed the pledge.
Further information about this years campaign can be found here: