Carers Week 10-16 June 2019
The Carers Information Service is once again taking part in Carers Week, the annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
We have FREE health and wellbeing events for carers - including dance, Tai Chi, singing, art, poetry, Health & Wellbeing Cafe and much more.
We will also be heading out across the Croydon borough to spread the word about carers, where to find support, and how we can all help the carers in our community.
But who is a carer?
A carer looks after a friend, family member or neighbour who needs their support due to illness, disability or old age.
There are over 33,000 carers in Croydon - around 10% of the local population. Three in five of us will become carers at some point in our lives.
Why do carers need support?
Carers work tirelessly to look after friends and family, often at the cost of their own wellbeing. Many people do not realise they are a carer, and struggle to get the support they need from services.
Without proper support, carers are at risk of stress, anxiety and loneliness, placing a toll on their health. 72% of carers experience mental ill health and 61% of carers face physical health problems because of caring.
Source - Carers UK.
Get involved with Carers Week
Supporting carers is everyone’s business. You can get involved by:
- Requesting a Carers Week outreach talk.
- Ordering a free carers information pack.
- Listening to carers around you - a sympathetic ear could be just what a person needs.
- Holding your own Carers Week event or stall in your workplace or community group.
- Telling staff, colleagues or friends about Carers Week.
- Making a Carers Week pledge to support carers.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and to let us know what you are planning in Croydon.