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Scottish Government helps launch Carers Week 2015

27 February 2015

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement & Mental Health, who leads on carers issues for the Scottish Government, has joined five major charities to launch a nationwide drive to reach out to thousands of Scottish carers.

Jamie Hepburn MSP with Simon Hodgson, Director of Carers Scotland

The five charities are calling on individuals and organisations across Scotland to sign up to Carers Week 2015, which takes place in June.


Too many carers across all age groups are struggling to look after older, disabled or seriously ill loved ones alone. This year Carers Week 2015 will focus on Building Carer Friendly Communities urging individuals, organisations and service providers in every community, including schools, hospitals, GPs and local authorities to take action to improve the lives of carers.

This could mean running or attending one of thousands of events which will take place across the country, between 8th and 14th June, or by pledging to support carers in some way. For example an employer could design and implement a carer-friendly policy, a GP could be more flexible about appointment times or an individual could visit a neighbour in a caring role.

Minister for Sport, Health Improvement & Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn MSP said:
“We recognise the invaluable knowledge and experience that carers and young carers bring, not only to the people they care for, but to their local communities.

We are committed to involving the people of Scotland fully in all our processes and policies, building on our plans for community empowerment. We will continue to work together with carers, public sector, and voluntary sector partners to ensure that carers and young carers are better identified and supported across Scotland.”

Carers Scotland’s Director, Simon Hodgson said:
“This is our call to action to urge individuals, organisations and service providers to wake up to the needs of carers and do their bit. Across Scotland 657,000 - 1 in 8 people - are caring for a loved one. Without help and assistance at the right time carers can find themselves facing financial hardship, health problems, emotional stress and relationship breakdown.”

Carers Week is made possible by Carers Scotland joining forces with Carers Trust Scotland, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support and MS Society.

Individuals and organisations can sign up and also pledge their support to the initiative at www.carersweek.org where they will be able to download information and materials to help promote their events.

Notes for Editors

• Carers Week will take place from 8 - 14th June 2015 UK wide

• Case studies and spokespeople available on request

• Carers Week is an annual 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 across the UK. In 2014 more than 5,000 events took place across the country.

• Carers Week is kindly supported by Sainsbury’s and Nutricia.

• Picture credit – Marc Marnie.

Media Contacts:
Simon Hodgson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0141 445 3070 Mobile 07582 464 752
Fiona Collie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0141 445 3070
Nermin Oomer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0207 378 4937

Twitter: @CarersWeek
Website: www.carersweek.org

 

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