What is Carers Week 2019 all about?
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families.
The campaign is brought to life by communities throughout the UK. It also helps to raise awareness as people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities may identify as carers as a result and be able to access much-needed support. Thousands of individuals and organisations will come together during the week to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.
We at Crossroads Care Surrey pride ourselves as being front line support for all Carers in Surrey who may need our help. We are already working with more than 1600 Carers in and around Surrey communities by taking over a caring responsibility to enable Carers to take that much needed respite break.
This year, Carers Week 2019 is themed around Carers Connected – it’s all about trying to get Carers support in their local area. There are 7 million people in the UK who are carers. They will be looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.
As part of this year’s Carers Week we are planning special activities for both Carers and Cared for in and around the communities where our Adult Clubs are based. Clubs are based in Farleigh, Reigate, Effingham and Worplesdon. Our clubs exist to enable unpaid Carers to have a respite break. Our clubs are staffed by trained professionals who take over a caring role for a period of 5 hours each week – why not find out about our Clubs.
During Carers Week, we want to hear from Carers in the community and we are asking all Carers across Surrey to connect with us by sending or uploading a picture of yourself with the person you care for; letting us know both what you love doing together. In addition, we would love to find out more about how Carers enjoy their respite time – let us know how you look after yourself when you have time away from your caring role. Look out for our social media posts and get involved with the hashtag #CarersConnectedSurrey
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Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring. Its impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.
The Carers Week website is full of helpful information if you or someone you know is a Carer about caring – what a Carer is and how caring might affect your lifeTags: Carers Week, CaringConnectedSurrey, unpaid Carers