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Carers UK media coverage during the coronavirus outbreak - Page 2 - Carers UK Forum

Carers UK media coverage during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance on coronavirus and a place to share concerns and support
Hello all

Here are some media highlights from the past week which feature Carers UK:
  • There was mention of our recent research on the impact of the coronavirus on carers on the BBC Asian Network and how caring and mental health isn’t openly talked about in Asian communities
  • Our comment on the Scottish Government’s plans to introduce a coronavirus supplement to Carer’s Allowance is included in a news story on the Big Issue’s website
https://www.bigissue.com/latest/scottis ... id-carers/
  • Our Director of Policy and Public Affairs Emily Holzhausen was quoted in a Guardian article on the specific challenges for parents of severely disabled children at the moment.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... oronavirus
  • The Sheffield Star and Sheffield Telegraph have covered Carers UK’s concerns about unpaid carers not having access to PPE, quoting segments from this particular section of our Caring Behind Closed Doors report.
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/politics ... ty-2850421
https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/ne ... ty-2850421
  • The activity of one of our fundraisers Martine was mentioned in the Burnley Express, and Jon Siddall’s climbing challenge was included in the Hampstead and Highgate Express. Jon also spoke about it on BBC Radio London.
https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/bowel-ca ... -1-6644279

Wishing you all well over the weekend

Hello all

Here are some recent highlights of Carers UK media coverage in relation to the impact of coronavirus on carers:

On 31 May an excerpt from Penny Wincer’s experience of caring was published in the Mail on Sunday (p18 and online) and at the bottom it references Carers Week and her new book. A similar article appeared in You magazine. Penny will be joining one of our Carers Week Care for a Cuppa sessions to read extracts from her book on Thursday 11 June.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/ar ... thers.html

On 28 May our Chief Executive Helen Walker was interviewed by Winifred Robison on Radio 4’s You and Yours programme about how people’s caring roles have changed during the pandemic.

On 27 May Carers UK's finding from our recent research that 70% of unpaid carers are providing more care during the pandemic was mentioned on Channel 4 news.

The latest edition of Closer magazine covers our research and encouraged people to donate to or fundraise for Carers UK.

Care Talk published a blog by our Chief Executive Helen Walker on how care professionals can get involved in Carers Week.

The New Statesman published an article online on 'Why carers need a new deal' which included lots of Carers UK statistics:
https://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/ ... d-new-deal

My Weekly are running a special on Carers Week and dedicated an entire page to resources for carers (mostly Carers UK resources), including our Forum.

Our DIrector of Policy and Public Affairs Emily Holzhausen gave an interview on ITV Calendar on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2020- ... e-workers/

And finally, Carers UK fundraiser Martine Manning received coverage of her fundraising efforts in the Burnley Express. The article includes a video of Martine having her head shaved!
https://www.burnleyexpress.net/news/peo ... rs-2857594

With good wishes

Dear all

We had some fantastic media coverage during Carers Week. Here are a few of the highlights.

The main Carers Week report was featured in the Times - see below for the report (the article can only be seen online if you have a subscription)
https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campa ... r-of-weeks

Penny Wincer's new book, 'Tender: the imperfect art of caring' was featured in the Telegraph. Penny also joined our Care for a Cuppa online meet-up on 11 June to read several extracts from the book.

Carers UK's Chief Executive Helen Walker and Director of Policy and Public Affairs Emily Holzhausen were interviewed on Radio 4's 'You and Yours', BBC Breakfast, Channel 5 News, and several regional TV stations to talk about the Carers Week report.

In Scotland the Health Minister mentioned Carers Week in her briefing yesterday and the Scottish Govt’s announcement of funding for young carers was covered in the Scotsman and up to 30 other publications.

The Director of Carers Wales Claire Morgan was interviewed on ITV Wales and on Carers World Radio. There was also coverage in the South Wales Evening Post and Wales online.

In Northern Ireland the launch of ID cards by the Department of Health received widespread coverage (e.g. BBC Newsline (Digital), Ulster Herald, BBC Radio Ulster).

And finally, this week The Guardian published an article highlighting Carers UK research which found that 100,000 carers have been forced to use food banks since the start of the lockdown. The article featured quotes from our Chief Executive Helen Walker and included Carers UK's call for an increase in Carers Allowance and a coronavirus supplement to paid to carers who are in receipt of Carer's Allowance.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... k-lockdown

With good wishes

Here are the links to our press releases for the last few weeks:

4 August
Covid-19 leaves unpaid carers without physical and mental health treatment
https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campa ... -treatment

31 July
Carers UK urges support for carers as shielding restrictions are eased
https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campa ... -are-eased

28 July
Carers UK launches Recovery Plan for carers
https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campa ... for-carers