Right at Home is among many national organisations supporting the Carers Week Quest campaign this week.
The Quest aims to reach out to the thousands of family carers in the UK who are currently missing out on services and support.
One in eight of us are currently carers looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend.
The very nature of caring means very often people don’t at first, or sometimes ever, identify themselves as carers. Rather, they think of themselves simply as wife, husband, son, daughter, mum, dad or perhaps grandparent, niece or nephew helping a loved one.
Without the right help and support caring can have a devastating impact – carers can quickly become cut off with their physical and emotional health, work and their finances all hit hard.
Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. It does this by:
- Raising the profile of the role of caring in the national, regional and local media and encouraging groups and organisations to take part and organise events and activities.
- Helping the public identify themselves as carers and access the support, advice and information they need.
- Celebrating and recognise the contribution the UK’s 6.5 million carers make to the people they care for and their communities.
- Highlighting the challenges of caring and campaigning for sustainable funding for services and support for carers and the people they care for.
At Right at Home UK we have pledged to reach our clients’ family helpers with offers of free support and training, and the opportunity to provide respite care for their loved ones.