CARERS WEEK 2021

7 – 13 June 2021

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 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.

This year we are coming together to Make Caring Visible and Valued.

The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities, highlight the vital role carers play in our communities and draw attention to just how important caring is.

WHO 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 isn’t someone who volunteers or is employed to provide support.

WHERE CAN I GET FURTHER SUPPORT

Your local council will be able to signpost you to local support groups, and services available in your area.  They can also tell you what rights you have.

You can also contact Northamptonshire Carers (https://www.northamptonshire-carers.org/).

Within our Healthcare organisations, you can contact your Working Carers Network:

Other contacts :

The NHS is keen to support its unpaid working carers, both through COVID-19 and beyond. This factsheet provides additional guidance, and staff are encourage to make their employer aware they have caring responsibilities.  For further information, please contact your HR team.