Carers Week 2020

This year, Carers Week takes place from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness about caring, highlight challenges 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.

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 share their powerful caring experiences in our Caring and Sharing Blog 

Making Caring Visible 

This year, across the UK people are facing new uncertain challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic – the impact of this continues to touch all of our lives. For unpaid carers this means they are taking on many more caring responsibilities for their family and friends. More than ever unpaid carers need to be recognised and valued for the huge challenges they are currently experiencing, and provided with much-needed information and support. That’s why this year, Carers Week is about Making Caring Visible. 

We can all do our bit to help raise awareness for Carers Week and help Make Caring Visible:

  • Connect with us via our social media platforms: FacebookTwitter and Instagram. During Carers Week we’ll be sharing information about Carers Week, and resources and videos to help carers.
  • Spread the word about Carers Week on social media by using hashtags #CarersWeek and #MakeCaringVisible 
  • Help us to raise awareness of young adult carers in Newcastle: share our #WeCareToo animations – four short animations created by a group of young adult carers to generate change in Newcastle upon Tyne by helping more 18-25 year olds with a caring role know about the support available to them.
  • Help us to raise awareness of young carers in Newcastle: share This is Charlie – our postcard for young carers. 
  • Add your voice – add your voice to Make Caring Visible and help support the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers during Carers Week.
  • Pledge your support for Carers Week – what will you do to recognise, support and celebrate carers? Add your pledge together with support from organisations, politicians, carers and more.
  • Are you professional working with carers in Newcastle? – share information about Carers Week on your organisation/business website, in their newsletter or on their social media platforms to help raise awareness of unpaid carers and what support is available.

Carer Friendly Communities Awards

Do you know someone in your community who has gone the extra mile to help and support you in your caring role?… nominate them for a Carer Friendly Communities Award!

Download our Nomination Form – the form is set up so you can type/fill in the form without having to print it out, then email your completed form to us at [email protected]

You could nominate anyone who has helped to make things easier for you as a carer, or helped other carers in your community. This could be: a local community group or organisation, a local business, a GP, a teacher, a social worker, or an individual member of the community.

This is a chance for you to say “thank you” to someone for making a positive difference in your caring role.

Please note: we cannot accept nominations for people who live in the same household, or for members of staff/volunteers from Newcastle Carers. Before nominating please let the person/organisation know and seek permission.

We will be holding an awards ceremony at the Discovery Museum, on Thursday 3 December (late afternoon), and award winners will be announced! More information about the ceremony will be released closer to the date. 

View our Carer Friendly Communities Awards Ceremony video.

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.

Did you know?… There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers.

Did you know?… There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers.