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Carers Week 11 – 17 June 2018

Carers Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of the UK’s 6.5million unpaid carers. A carer looks after a friend, family member or neighbour who needs support due to illness, disability or old age. Did you know that there are over 33,000 carers in Croydon alone?

This year’s Carers Week theme is Healthy and Connected, calling on communities to help carers get connected to health and wellbeing support. Learn more on the Carers Week website.

The Carers Support Centre in Croydon has a jam-packed programme for Carers Week, including health and wellbeing events, an international food tasting day, an afternoon pub quiz, information and advice events and much more! Download the flyer for dates and details.

Helen and Victoria holding up Carers Week pledges

Helping Croydon carers get connected with #CarerConversations

To help carers get Healthy and Connected, we are raising awareness of caring and loneliness in Croydon, and encouraging the Croydon community to do more to help carers feel connected.

Loneliness can affect anyone, but carers are particularly at risk. According to research by the national carers’ charity Carers UK, eight in ten unpaid carers have felt lonely or isolated because of their caring role.

If left unchecked, loneliness can be devastating. Research shows that lacking meaningful social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad, 2015). 

Please note that #CarerConversations is run by the Carers Information Service and not the national Carers Week campaign. Visit www.carersweek.org to learn more about the national campaign. 

Show your support this Carers Week 11 - 17 June 2018

We all have a part to play in helping Croydon carers feel more connected. To help you get involved, we've created a Carers Week 2018 toolkit and resources so you can join in:

Carers Week 2018 Toolkit

Carers Week 2018 Poster

#CarerConversations Pledge for Carers card

#CarerConversations Hope for the Future card (for carers)

#CarerConversations Social Media Graphic (Facebook)

#CarerConversations Social Media Graphic (Twitter)

Pledge ideas

Not sure how you can help? One simple action can help us spread the word and make a difference to Croydon's 33,000 unpaid carers. Here are some ideas you could try:

For everyone

  • I will spread the word about Carers Week.
  • I will hold a Carers Week event at my workplace, school or community group.
  • I will try to be more carer and disability aware.

For friends and family

  • I will start a conversation about caring with people I know.
  • I will call a carer I haven't spoken to in a while to see how they are.
  • I will offer carers practical help if they need it.
  • I will try to be understanding when a carer cancels social plans because of their caring commitments.

For professionals

  • I will ask my clients if they have a caring role.
  • I will offer carers support and understanding.
  • I will tell Croydon carers about the Carers Support Centre.

For employers

  • I will offer staff flexible working options.
  • I will support our workplace to be more carer friendly.

Take a selfie!

Why not help inspire others by taking a selfie of yourself with your pledge? 

Before you send us your photo, please read and sign our photo permissions form, then send us a copy with your photo as an attachment to amydeakin@carersinfo.org.uk.

Please be aware that will share your photo on our website, Twitter, Facebook and other publicity. So make sure you are happy with your photo being in the public domain before taking part!

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Carers Support Centre

Open weekdays 10am - 4pm, feel free to drop in for advice or support with any issues related to caring.
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