Local MP Backs Local and National Campaign
Stirling MP Alyn Smith has pledged his support for carers across the Stirling area as Carers Week kicks off. Spanning from 5th-11th June, National Carers Week highlights and celebrates the work of unpaid carers, and throughout the week organisations across Scotland will be raising awareness of issues facing carers.
Taking the lead locally is Stirling Carers Centre, who have a whole host of activities, drop-ins and events for community members to enjoy. Anyone interested should visit www.stirlingcarers.co.uk/CarersWeek for booking details.
In the Stirling Council area, there are approximately 12,000 unpaid carers, part of an estimated 800,000 unpaid carers across Scotland who take part in some form of care work – with only a fraction of people accessing needed support to which they are entitled to.
Local Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:
‘The pandemic and these tough economic times have highlighted the huge community capacity which exists to look after each other and keep our friends, neighbours and loved ones looked after. I am honoured to support Carers Week and shine a spotlight on the vital work of carers across Stirling’s communities. People take their care responsibilities extremely seriously, devoting their time, energy, and love to support those in need.
‘In turn, it’s our responsibility to ensure they receive the support, and resources they deserve. Carers Week plays an important part in recognising the work of unpaid carers in particular, ensuring they are thanked for their efforts and signposted towards the support to which they are entitled. I thank them all for their huge contributions to their communities, and for helping develop Stirling into an even better place to live, work, study and visit.’