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Local MP Virendra Sharma pledges support to help create Carer Friendly Communities in Ealing, Southall for Carers Week 2016

Virendra_Sharma_MP.jpgVirendra Sharma MP today pledged his support to carers across Ealing, Southall as part of the national Carers Week 2016 awareness campaign, which runs from 6-12th June.

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, of which  9,461 carers are in Ealing, Southall.

The seven charities driving Carers Week 2016 are calling on individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to improve the lives of carers by building ‘Carer Friendly Communities’ – encouraging all parts of the community to think about carers and do things differently to support them.

The call comes after research for Carers Week revealed that a combination of inadequate support from local services and a lack of understanding about caring from wider society is having a negative impact on carers’ health, wellbeing, relationships and finances.

 

Local MP, Virendra Sharma, said:

Carers make a huge contribution to our society, providing vital and often hidden support to friends and family members.That is why I am supporting Carers Week 2016 and encouraging services across Ealing, Southall to think about what more they can do to help meet the needs of carers and make our communities more Carer Friendly.”

 

Emily Holzhausen, who leads the Carers Week partnership, said:

With an ever increasing number of families taking on caring roles for older, ill or disabled loved ones, it is great to see MPs showing their support for carers.

While carers have told us that it makes a huge difference when they are recognised and supported by their local services and communities, too many carers tell us they struggling to balance caring with other areas of their lives. By working together during Carers Week we have a huge opportunity to make our communities more Carer Friendly and make a difference to those who contribute so much”.

 

Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society.

Thousands of events are taking place across the country this week, and thousands of people have already pledged their support for carers online. To find out more about events in Ealing, Southall visit www.carersweek.org 

 

About Carers Week 2016

Carers Week will take place from 6–12 June 2016, across the UK.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with thousands of events planned for carers across the UK.

Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society.

Carers Week is kindly supported by Sainsbury’s, Nutricia and the Lockwood Charitable Foundation.

Website:          www.carersweek.org

Twitter:            @CarersWeek

Facebook:       www.facebook.com/CarersWeek

YouTube:        www.youtube.com/user/CarersWeek

Carer Friendly Communities

Carer Friendly Communities are places where local people and services understand a carer’s daily reality and do what they can to make life a little bit easier for them. For example, a GP practice might offer appointment times that fit around someone’s caring responsibilities, or an employer might implement HR policies to support employees who juggle work with care.

www.carersweek.org/about-carer-friendly-communities   

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 problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

For some, taking on a caring role can be sudden: someone in your family has an accident or your child is born with a disability. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed: your parents can’t manage on their own any longer or your partner’s health gradually worsens.

The amount and type of support that carers provide varies considerably. It can range from a few hours a week, such as picking up prescriptions and preparing meals, to providing care day and night.

Caring will touch each and every one of us in our lifetime, whether we become a carer or need care ourselves. Whilst caring can be a rewarding experience, it can also have a damaging impact on a person’s health, finances and relationships.

To find out how you can get support in your caring role, visit: www.carersweek.org/support

Facts about carers

6.5 million people in the UK are carers; that’s 1 in 8 adults

By 2037, it is estimated that the number of carers in the UK will rise to 9 million

Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people every year

58% of carers are women and 42% are men

Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer

Over 3 million people juggle care with work, however the significant demands of caring mean that 1 in 5 carers are forced to give up work altogether

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