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Carers Week…..

Written by on 7th June 2022

In support of Carers Week (6 to 12 June) the council and NHS in Gloucestershire want to say thank you to all our county’s unpaid carers and help highlight the support available to them. 

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The theme for this year’s Carers Week is ‘Make caring visible, valued and supported.’ The council and its health partners want to raise awareness of caring, the amazing work carers do to look after some of our county’s most vulnerable people, and highlight the support available for unpaid carers.

There are over 63,000 unpaid carers in Gloucestershire, 1 in 10 people are carers, and 1 in 7 juggle caring responsibilities with work. Most people probably have at least one carer living in their street, but they may not know.

Carers will often be looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, or who needs extra help as they grow older. This can have a significant impact on their lives, from relationships and health, to finances and work.

Most of the time, the care provided by unpaid carers is in people’s homes and is largely invisible to the local community. Some people don’t even realise they would be classed as a carer. If you or someone you know is a carer, contact the Gloucestershire Carers Hub for a chat to see how they can help.

By registering with the Hub carers can access a wealth of support, including the Carers Emergency Scheme which builds on personal contingency planning and can mean that extra emergency support is available for them if they need it

The Gloucestershire Carers Hub which is funded jointly by the council and NHS, has a wonderful Carers Week programme on offer each day from Monday 6 June for all unpaid carers to attend, with online and face to face sessions across the county. Look at the programme of activities here

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care at Gloucestershire County Council said: “Carers are unsung heroes who work hard day in and day out and they can get forgotten. We want to use this week to highlight the fantastic work they do and say thank you, whilst encouraging everyone to think about carers all year round.

“Many people do not recognise themselves as a carer. They identify as a ‘husband’, ‘wife’, ‘mother’, ‘father’ or ‘friend’, rather than understand they are carrying out a caring role over and above this. We want all people in Gloucestershire to help us identify carers, so they get the recognition they deserve and can access the support available.”

Support is also available for young carers through Gloucestershire Young Carers, visit their website here

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