This week is Carers Week (7-14 June 2021) a national event run each year to recognise, celebrate and support unpaid carers. People across the country are coming together this year to make caring more visible and valued and to offer thanks and support to carers.
Over 63,000 people in Worcestershire are currently unpaid carers and this includes one in seven workers. It is important to remember that a carer can be any age and there are many young people, from 7 to 18 years of age, who are carers.
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or who needs extra help as they grow older. The caring responsibility could be anything from doing everyday tasks to providing emotional support and companionship.
Unpaid carers juggle work, education, children, and home life as well as their caring responsibility and this can be challenging, especially in the current Covid crisis.
Worcestershire County Council understands that whilst caring for a loved one can be rewarding it can also be difficult, so those with caring responsibilities in the county are encouraged to seek support by contacting the Worcestershire Association of Carers, ‘Carers Hub’ on 0300 012 4272, Monday to Friday - 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday - 9 am to 12 pm or visit Worcestershire Association of Carers (opens in new window)
Youth Support Services (YSS) provides support to young carers, aged 7 to 17 years old, and young adult carers, aged 18 to 24 years old. To find out more visit Worcestershire Young Carers/Shropshire Young Carers | YSS
The Stroke Association provide help and support specifically to carers of stroke survivors. To find out more visit Caring for a stroke survivor | Stroke Association or call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 or email email@example.com
Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Worcestershire County Council, said: “Unpaid carers have been supporting vulnerable people throughout this crisis by providing the care and support they need.
“There have been many times when unpaid carers have gone above and beyond in the last year or so, yet too often, this care happens behind the scenes, quietly and competently making a difference in people’s lives.
“Unpaid Carers across the county do a fantastic job in helping those who need extra help and support in their daily lives, to remain as independent as possible and it’s great that we’ve been able to take the time to shine a light on them and say thank you for all they have done and continue to do.”