The national awareness campaign Carers Week took place in June across Wales and the UK. Having worked in social care before becoming an MP, supporting and raising awareness of carers is an important issue to me and on Friday 13th I held one of my surgeries in Bridgend’s carers centre.
A surprisingly large number of people in the UK are carers - one in eight adults in the UK, and over 18,000 across Bridgend County Borough care for someone. Over 2000 of those are unpaid, looking after family, friends or neighbours, often with minimal support.
Without the right help and support, the pressures of caring for loved ones can have a serious impact on physical and emotional health, work and finances. Therefore this year Carers Week focused on running the biggest drive to date to reach out to unsupported and unrecognised carers across the country.
Bridgend’s own Carers Centre, based in Park St’s Friends Meeting House, held a busy week of events, but it doesn’t stop there. You can find advice, information and support with caring in Bridgend at: www.bridgendcarers.wordpress.com/
- Carers Week is an annual UK-wide awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with thousands of events planned for carers right across the UK. In 2013 more than 2,600 organisations registered to take part in the campaign.
- Across the UK 6.5 million - 1 in 8 people - are caring for a loved one who is older, disabled, terminally or seriously ill. As the population ages, the number of carers is rising fast. By 2037 Carers UK estimates that the number of carers will have risen to 9 million.
- Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK, Skills for Care and the Stroke Association.