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Carers Week logoCarers Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness and recognise the huge contribution carers make. Across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.

Carers Week 2019 is made possible by Carers UK working together with six other national charities. Together we're asking local communities, organisations and individuals to join us in 'Getting Carers Connected'. British Gas, part of Centrica, are the headline supporter of this year's Carers Week.

Visit for more information on Carers Week!

Carers In Wales

  • Caring for someone can make it difficult to connect with others: 8 in 10 (81%) said they felt lonely or socially isolated due to their caring responsibility. 
  • Carers can find it a challenge to find time to connect with others: Almost a quarter (22%) said they receive or buy no support to manage their caring responsibilities.
  • Carers are more likely to have physical or mental health conditions that prevent them connecting with people: 6 in 10 carers (61%) said their physical health was worse as a result of caring while 75% of carers in Wales said they suffered from mental health problems.

Statistics from 'The World Shrinks: Carer Loneliness" 2017 and State of Caring (Wales) 2018.

Show your support for carers in Wales and across the UK by pledging to help get carers connected across the UK by pledging to help get carers connected

What you can do for Carers Week

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 20170613 172355

For others, Carers Week is about shining a light on what unpaid carers do and recognising  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 

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.

All you need to do is fill in this form on the Carers Week website and your event will appear on the interactive map here

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 @CarersWeek handles.

We'd also like people to share pictures with us at @CarersWales so we can highlight the diverse nature of carers and the support being shown in Wales.  

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