Carer’s Week happens every year and raises awareness of caring, highlights the challenges unpaid carers face and recognises the contribution they make to families and communities such as ours in Wythenshawe and Sale East. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. There are many children in our community who are providing hours of care around their school commitments.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a monumental impact on unpaid carers’ lives – not only because of the increased amount of care that many provided, but because of the far-reaching effect that providing this level of care has had on unpaid carers. Many people also took on new caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, provided with information, and given the support they need to care safely. So during Carer’s Week, we are coming together to make caring Visible, Valued and Supported.
A carer is anyone who looks after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring’s impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work can be significant. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough. It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need.
I understand the reality of being a carer, and this #carersweek2022 I pay tribute to all those who are providing care to a loved one. Thank you for all you are doing, I will endeavor to all I can to ensure you are visible, valued and supported.