Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness about caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Many people do not identify themselves as carers and feel they are just doing what anyone else would, so they don’t always know what help and support is available to them. Although for some, caring can be a positive and rewarding experience, we know for many others caring can be stressful and challenging, and leave them in need of help and support. This is why the theme for Carers Week 2019 is Getting Carers Connected.
Supporting Carers to Get Connect in their Communities
Connected to information, advice and support:
When looking after someone, having the right information at the right time can make a difference. It's important for carers to get the right information and advice about caring and their individual caring situation.
At Newcastle Carers we have a free and confidential Carer Information and Advice Line, and free Drop-in Information and Advice Sessions for one-to-one support held around Newcastle. Find out more.
Connected to services
We can help carers to get information and get connect to support services. We have a range of services to help support carers in their caring role, see What's On.
Connected to friends and family
One in three carers has felt lonely or isolated because they are uncomfortable talking to friends about their caring role. Being a carer can often be isolating. Carers Week this year aims to raise awareness about this and try to get carers more connect in their communities.
Talking to someone can really help and our Listening Link service is a telephone support service for carers in Newcastle. It links you to a volunteer who will call you regularly to offer a listening ear.
Connected to technology
While technology can never replace being with others, simple devices and Apps can help people connect on a day to day basis, it can also provide peace of mind to carers. Technology can also help carers connect with each other through online forums providing emotional support.
Carers UK has an online forum.
Can you help?
All parts of the community – family and friends, employers, businesses, schools, health and social care services – have a role to play in getting carers connected to the information and support they need.
There's lots of ways to get involved this Carers Week:
Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who looks after someone who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol.
You might be looking after someone close to you who needs help and support on a regular basis, and you are not being paid to provide this care. Anyone can be a carer, at any time of their life.
Caring will touch each and every one of us in our lifetime, whether we become a carer or need care ourselves.
Find out more about Who is a carer?
Carers Week, established by Carers UK 25 years ago, 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 where individuals and organisations around the country run lots of local events that bring carers together and raise awareness of caring.