Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to bring caring right out into the open – recognising and celebrating the contribution unpaid carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The focus for Carers Week is on Building Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones, while recognising that carers are individuals with needs of their own.
There are over 47,000 carers in Wiltshire but we know there are more – many people don’t identify themselves as carers.
3 in 5 of us will be a carer at some time in our lives. Looking after a wife with cancer, a father with dementia, a partner who has had an accident, a disabled child. 1 in 8 of carers are in employment and juggling caring with their job
Often unable to spend time with other family members, friends, or participate in after school or after work social activities many carers can feel isolated. That’s why Carer Support Wiltshire are running afternoon tea events for carers throughout the week. The afternoon teas will be a chance for carers to relax and enjoy a treat.
Carer Support Wiltshire will also be raising awareness in GP surgeries and in the regions hospitals throughout the week. If you see us please say hello.
You can help give carers a break by raising funds for the Carer Support Wiltshire, Time For Carers Appeal with a fundraising afternoon or cream tea of your own.
You can find out more at www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk
If you are looking after someone and need support, advice and help contact Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118