Carers Week is the annual campaign to raise awareness of caring.
The aim is to highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK. The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to put on activities and events to promote and celebrate carers and caring.
This year Carers Week is focusing on Building Carer Friendly Communities
The objective is for communities to better understand the role of carers in society, to better support carers who look after loved ones and to recognise carers are their own persons with their own individual needs.
What you can do to support Carers Week
Carers Week is brought to life by the individuals, groups and organisations holding events and taking positive actions towards carers.
For some, Carers Week is an opportunity to pamper carers:
- by organising a coffee morning or afternoon tea for carers to meet and share stories
- by organising a drop in clinic for carers to meet and discuss issues with experts
- by arranging free massages, relaxation classes or thai chi lessions
- by organising a quiz, karoke or trivia night for carers
For others, Carers Week is about spreading the word for what a carer does and how important their contributions are.
The most common ways of doing this include:
- running an information stand
- holding a religous service to recognise the contribution of carers
- contacting local government figures or dignitaries to talk to carers
Ultimately how an individual, group or organisation promotes Carers Week is only limited by the imagination of the organizer. Every event illuminates carers as a vital part of society.
Still can't find an idea that suits you? The Carers Week website has plenty more inspiration.
How do I register my Carers Week event?
Registering a Carers Week event couldn't be simpler.
Once registered, you'll receive a free event pack. This will include an assortment of posters and leaflets to decorate your event or distribute freely.
How else can I support Carers Week?
During Carers Week we are asking social media users to post and tweet about events they go to and share stories and news articles involving carers and caring using the #CarersWeek and @CarersWales for Welsh events/stories.
We'd also like people to share with us pictures taken from these events to highlight the diverse nature of carers and the support being shown.