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Deputy Presiding Officer joins launch of Carers Week Quest 2014

12 February 2014

David Melding AM, Deputy Presiding Officer has today (Weds 12 February) joined members of Carers Week partners in Wales to launch the Carers Week Quest – the greatest ever drive to reach out to carers in Wales and across the UK

Carers Week launch - walesCarers Week Quest 2014 is calling on individuals and organisations across the UK to sign up to a groundbreaking initiative to reach carers in their local communities missing out on vital support and services.

The very nature of caring – of being there for a loved one facing ill health or disability – means too often people don’t at first, or sometimes ever, identify themselves as carers and, therefore, miss out on support.

Without the right help and support caring can have a devastating impact. Carers can quickly become cut off, with their physical and emotional health, work and finances all hit hard.

The Carers Week Quest will rely on the help of individuals and organisations – including community groups, GPs, health and social care professionals, employers – to connect with those who are caring.

The aim is to encourage improved collaborative working in local communities to reach the thousands of carers missing out on help.

David Melding AM said:

“I am pleased to give my support to Carers Week in Wales and the Carers Week Quest. Without the right information, at the right time, carers often feel isolated and miss out on help and practical support that can make a real difference to their lives and the lives of those that they look after."

Helen Clarke, Carers Week Manager said:

“The Carers Week Quest is an important new initiative aiming to reach out to the thousands of carers in the UK missing out on support and services that can help them with their caring role. By working together during Carers Week with charities, businesses, community groups and public services, we have a huge opportunity to raise the profile of what caring is, who carers are, the impact it has on their lives and to help thousands of people who are missing out on help and support which could make a real difference to their lives.”

At the heart of Carers Week Quest activity will be a focus on working together in local communities during Carers Week, which takes place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June 2014. 

WAL
News

Deputy Presiding Officer joins launch of Carers Week Quest 2014

12 February 2014

David Melding AM, Deputy Presiding Officer has today (Weds 12 February) joined members of Carers Week partners in Wales to launch the Carers Week Quest – the greatest ever drive to reach out to carers in Wales and across the UK

Carers Week launch - walesCarers Week Quest 2014 is calling on individuals and organisations across the UK to sign up to a groundbreaking initiative to reach carers in their local communities missing out on vital support and services.

The very nature of caring – of being there for a loved one facing ill health or disability – means too often people don’t at first, or sometimes ever, identify themselves as carers and, therefore, miss out on support.

Without the right help and support caring can have a devastating impact. Carers can quickly become cut off, with their physical and emotional health, work and finances all hit hard.

The Carers Week Quest will rely on the help of individuals and organisations – including community groups, GPs, health and social care professionals, employers – to connect with those who are caring.

The aim is to encourage improved collaborative working in local communities to reach the thousands of carers missing out on help.

David Melding AM said:

“I am pleased to give my support to Carers Week in Wales and the Carers Week Quest. Without the right information, at the right time, carers often feel isolated and miss out on help and practical support that can make a real difference to their lives and the lives of those that they look after."

Helen Clarke, Carers Week Manager said:

“The Carers Week Quest is an important new initiative aiming to reach out to the thousands of carers in the UK missing out on support and services that can help them with their caring role. By working together during Carers Week with charities, businesses, community groups and public services, we have a huge opportunity to raise the profile of what caring is, who carers are, the impact it has on their lives and to help thousands of people who are missing out on help and support which could make a real difference to their lives.”

At the heart of Carers Week Quest activity will be a focus on working together in local communities during Carers Week, which takes place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June 2014. 

About the Quest

The purpose of the Carers Week Quest is to:

  • Reach out to carers missing out on advice and information, support and services
  • Help and encourage individuals and organisations to come together to improve support for the UK’s 6.5 million carers
  • Provide a focus and impetus for activities throughout the UK including fundraising.

To find out more visit www.carersweek.org

UK launch

The UK launch of the Carers Week Quest campaign also took place today (Wednesday 12 February) with the Minister of State for Care and Support Norman Lamb MP and the campaign’s supporters.

Case studies and spokespeople available on request.

Pictured from left to right – Amy Clifton - Age Cymru, Keith Bowen – Carers Wales, David Melding AM – Deputy Presiding Officer, National Assembly, Simon Jones – Marie Curie, Nesta Lloyd-Jones - Macmillan Cancer Support, Simon Hatch – Carers Trust

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