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Carers UK joins Minister and national charities to launch campaign to build communities that value and support carers

25 February 2016


Carers Week 2016Today, Carers UK and six other major charities launched Carers Week 2016 – a nationwide awareness campaign to improve public understanding about caring and the unique challenges carers face. Carers Week will run from 6-12 June 2016.

Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Social Care and Community, joined the Carers Week charities to call on individuals and organisations from across the UK to sign-up to the campaign and do what they can to support carers in their community.

6.5 million people in the UK currently care, unpaid, for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Research for Carers Week 2015 revealed that carers are experiencing huge variations in the level of support and recognition they get from their local community. As a result, this is putting their health and ability to look after the person they care for at serious risk1.

With this in mind, Carers Week 2016 will continue to focus on helping individuals, services and businesses to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that carers are individuals with needs of their own.

Carers Week 2016 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society.

Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, said:

“We are delighted to be running Carers Week 2016 alongside a number of incredible charity supporters. Now in its third decade, Carers Week gives us all a chance to celebrate the vital contribution carers make to our families, communities and society.

“Providing care and support for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also take its toll. When carers don’t get the support they need, it can leave them feeling alone and isolated.

"Our aim at Carers UK is to ensure that no-one has to care alone. Through our work for Carers Week, we hope that everyone will be inspired to do what they can to make life that little bit easier for carers. Everyone can make a difference. Building Carer Friendly Communities won’t happen overnight, but we can make them a reality – brick by brick.”

Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt said:

“Carers Week is a great opportunity to recognise the invaluable contribution that carers make to society. After all, caring will touch each and every one of us at some point in our lives; whether we take on a caring role for a loved one or we need care ourselves.

“Through the Government’s new Carers’ Strategy, we want to ensure that carers are supported to care well for their loved ones and have a life of their own outside of caring. Individuals, organisations and communities can all work together to make this a reality. I would encourage everyone to sign-up to Carers Week and find out how they can help build Carer Friendly Communities.”

There are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers Week:

  • Visit the Carers Week website and:
    • recommend an organisation or service that is carer friendly
    • invite organisations or services to take steps to become carer friendly
    • commit to using our Carers Checklist to see how your organisation or service can become more carer friendly
    • join the thousands of people and organisations who have pledged their support for Carers Week
  • Follow Carers Week on Twitter and use the hashtag #CarersWeek
  • Like Carers Week on Facebook and join in with the discussions
  • You could run an activity or event and add it to the Carers Week website


1 Building Carer Friendly Communities: Research Report 2015, Carers Week 

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Notes to Editors

About Carers UK

Carers UK is a charity led by carers, for carers – our mission is to make life better for carers.

  • We give expert advice, information and support
  • We connect carers so no-one has to care alone
  • We campaign together for lasting change
  • We innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers

About Carers Week 2016

Carers Week will take place from 6–12 June 2016, across the UK.

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.

Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society.

Carers Week is kindly supported by Sainsbury’s, Nutricia and the Lockwood Charitable Foundation.

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