What is Carers Week?
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
Caring can impact on all aspects of life, from relationships and wellbeing to work and finances. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.
Carers Week’s theme this year is ‘Making Caring Visible’. This will ensure that unpaid carers get the information and support they need from services and the wider public.
What is happening in the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and The Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea during Carers Week?
Carers Network is currently supporting thousands of unpaid carers across the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea.
During Carers Week, they will run a virtual programme of activities for local carers in response to Covid-19 restrictions.
Local unpaid carers have shown their continued resilience and adaptability by adopting new technologies during the lockdown. They have already been engaging with regular online groups that Carers Network has started running.
Carers Network’s groups during Carers Week will include a carers’ poetry club, make-up tips, mindfulness, carer-led line dancing, an art club, a film club, a chocolate workshop and a quilting session. Full details can be found here:
Carers Network also aims to generate publicity that will help local people who care for someone (but don’t recognise themselves as a carer) to realise they have caring responsibilities – and that this entitles them to support from local agencies.