Connect with our net­work of car­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

SIX ma­jor char­i­ties are com­bin­ing forces to launch Car­ers Week 2015, be­tween Mon­day, June 8 and Sun­day, June 14, which calls on in­di­vid­u­als, or­gan­i­sa­tions, the gov­ern­ment and the me­dia to join a na­tion­wide drive to reach thou­sands of car­ers miss­ing out on vi­tal sup­port and ser­vices.

Across the UK, 6.5 mil­lion – one in 10 peo­ple – are car­ing for a loved one who is older, dis­abled or se­ri­ously ill. As our pop­u­la­tion ages, the num­ber of car­ers is ris­ing fast which leaves more peo­ple in need of sup­port.

With­out help and as­sis­tance at the right time, car­ers can find them­selves fac­ing fi­nan­cial hard­ship, health prob­lems, emo­tional stress and re­la­tion­ship break­down.

Car­ers Week will be en­gag­ing with in­di­vid­u­als and lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity groups, GPs, health and so­cial care pro­fes­sion­als and em­ploy­ers and ask­ing them to connect with those who are car­ing.

The week aims to raise aware­ness of car­ing, high­light the chal­lenges car­ers face and recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion car­ers make to the peo­ple they care for and their com­mu­ni­ties.

Car­ers Week is made pos­si­ble by Car­ers UK join­ing forces with Age UK, Car­ers Trust, In­de­pen­dent Age, Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port and MS So­ci­ety.

HELéNA HERK­LOTS Chief ex­ec­u­tive

Car­ers UK

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