This week (7th-13th June) is Carers Week. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contributions they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who do not think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify themselves as carers, and to access much-needed support.
What is a carer?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or who needs extra help as they grow older. It is not necessarily someone who volunteers or is employed to provide support.
It has been estimated that due to the pandemic, carers have lost around 25 hours of support a month, which was previously provided by friends, family, or medical services. This makes it increasingly difficult for them to have a break, or to complete practical tasks which ordinarily may be taken for granted.
The Yorkshire Ambulance Service has published an article which highlights the stories of families living with constant care requirements and shows the impact of these responsibilities on their personal lives.