7 June 2021

Carers Week

Carers Week (7–13 June) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK. The theme of this year’s Carers Week is making carers visible and valued.

Did you know that across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers? That’s 1 in 8 adults who care, unpaid, for family and friends. Carers hold families together, enable their loved ones to get the most out of life and make an enormous contribution to our community.

Are you a carer? If you provide unpaid care for another person who is ill, frail, has disabilities, poor mental health or drug dependency, the answer is probably yes. You may not think of yourself as one, but anybody who provides regular care and support to a friend or relative, even without pay for their services, is a carer. And, as a carer, you too deserve support.

As part of Carers Week, Shropshire Carers Support Service is offering a programme of free events designed to do just that. Events will take place between Sunday 6 June to Sunday 13 June and include garden and museum visits, guided walks, nature trails and picnics, carers surgeries, quizzes, storytelling, arts and crafts as well as health and wellbeing sessions. Some are in-person, others are online. There’s something for everyone, so take a look at the listing and book yourself in for a boost.

‘We know this year carers across Shropshire are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the pandemic. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

This Carers Week is our opportunity to say thank you to all unpaid and family carers in Shropshire, we do recognise and appreciate the valuable support you provide to others.

We hope these activities will be therapeutic and bring you joy and companionship. These events are our small way to say thank you for all that you provide.’ – Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council cabinet member for adult social care.

For more about the events, see https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/18962/carers-calendar-of-events-vs4.pdf

For more information on Careers Week, see www.carersweek.org