Over 850 organisations across the UK took part in this year’s Carers Rights Day. There were events going on in libraries, supermarkets, work canteens, hospitals, town halls, job centres and even hotels. As this year's theme was 'Getting help in tough times', many events gave carers the opportunity to access detailed advice on benefits.
Carers UK released new research highlighting the impact of sandwich caring - parents who are emotionally and financially overwhelmed by the pressures of raising children alongside caring for ageing relatives. The research showed that four in ten (42%) sandwich carers were struggling to cope as their careers, family finances and relationships suffered.
That report gathered plenty of national media interest with the BBC covering it and our Chief Executive Heléna Herklots was interviewed about it on the Adam Boulton show on Sky News.
The morning also saw the hashtag #carersrightsday trending on Twitter, the popular social network. This was a clear indication of how much activity there was going on across the country as people took to their phones to 'tweet' about carers.
Support for the day came from many quarters. Mayor of London Boris Johnson voiced his support in a statement that said "many carers may not know that there is information and advice on hand, or how to get that help. Carers Rights Day aims to put that right".
Many major employers used to the day to promote good workplace practices which support staff with caring responsibilities. Several of those employers came together at a launch event for Carers Rights Day. Speaking at the event Justin King Chief Execuitve of Sainsbury's said that "over 20,000 of our colleagues at Sainsbury’s have caring responsibilities. We now have a carers policy, which includes offering flexible working packages for our colleagues".