Earlier this week, I’ve attended with my husband Andrew Bridgen the Carers Week that celebrates carers of those living with illness or disability.
Earlier this week, I was invited to attend the Carers Week’s event in Westminster, a national awareness campaign that was taking place from 10th to 16th of June across the UK.
Here, in Westminster, the event was called to celebrate and
As I’ve entered the
All these volunteers are involved in many charities
Carers often feel lonely
I sat down with carers and charity executives gathered around an oval table to learn their stories and hear more about their experiences.
‘Carers often feel lonely, many carers do not have any friends as they spend their lives taking care of others’, said Richard Kramer in front of ‘Sense’, a charity
organisationthat supports Deaf and Blind children and adults.
As we were talking to
Get involved and help unpaid carers
In addition to fundraising, I was interested to hear from Richard how can people who cannot afford to donate get involved. ‘They can volunteer; they can work in a charity shop; they can campaign for us. There are many ways to get involved if you can not donate’, he said.
Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, told me that caring for family or friends can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support, it can also make
‘Our research shows that many carers feel alone and are struggling with low levels of well being despite the invaluable contribution they make. It’s time carers received greater recognition and support,’ Walker said.
Carers week is not only the celebration of the contribution carers make but an open call for individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to improve the lives of carers by getting them connected to practical and financial support.“Government, employers, health and care professionals, schools and universities, and each of us individually, all have a role putting carers in touch with practical and financial help,” said Halen Walker.
I felt moved by the need to make a difference in the way society supports those who care, unpaid for their family and friends.
On that note, thousands of events are taking place across the country this week, and people have already pledged their support for carers online. To find out more about events in your area or for further information about
- twitter:@CarersWeek #carersweek
Get connected, get involved! Help those who care for others by showing them your support.