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Carers Week 2021 - Make Caring Visible and Valued

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

This year, carers across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding. So during Carers Week, we came together to help Make Caring Visible and Valued.

New research released for Carers Week 2021: "Breaks or breakdown"

Research released for Carers Week has found that carers lost, on average, 25 hours of support a month they previously had from services or family and friends before the pandemic.

  • More than a third (35%) of people caring unpaid for family members or friends feel unable to manage their caring role
  • 72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic
  • Carers Week charities call on Government to give back to carers and fund breaks

The six charities supporting Carers Week - Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness - are calling on the UK Government to provide £1.2 billion funding for unpaid carers’ breaks, so that those providing upwards of 50 hours of care are able to take time off for their own health and wellbeing.

Find out more and read the full report here.

Join our campaign!

This Carers Week we shone a spotlight on the lack of breaks that carers have been able to take in the past year, and the worrying impact this is having on their health and wellbeing, as well as their ability to work and live a meaningful life beyond caring. 

To address this situation, we are calling on the government to urgently increase funding for carers’ breaks by an additional £1.2 billion, so all carers providing significant hours of care can take a break.

To raise awareness of our campaign, please write to your local MP ahead of Carers Week. When doing so, please tell them about your own experience of caring and how long it has been since you had a meaningful break. We have provided a template letter and ask that you add your own personal experience to this, before sending it. Please click the link below and take a couple of minutes to write to your local MP. Please forward any response you receive from your MP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so that we can follow up with them, if you are happy to do so.

Click here to write to your MP about our campaign!

You can find out more about Carers Week and how to get involved here:

Carers Week is led by Carers UK, with the support of five other national charities in 2021: Age UK, Carers Trust, MND Association, Rethink Mental Illness and Oxfam GB. We are delighted that our headline supporter this year is British Gas, and to also have support from Nutricia. 

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We will keep campaigning until every carer gets proper recognition and support.

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