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Making Caring Visible – Carers’ Week

June 10, 2020 2:19 PM

Carers WeekCarers Week runs from Monday 08 until Sunday 14 June 2020 and this year the charity Carers UK has joined forces with five others, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness, plus organisations and individuals across the UK, coming together with the aim of Making Caring Visible.
Research released for Carers Week shows the following:
• 4.5 million additional people caring for older, disabled or seriously ill relatives or friends since the Covid-19 pandemic. This is on top of the 9.1 million unpaid carers who were already caring before the outbreak, bringing the total to 13.6 million.
• 2.7 million women (59%) and 1.8 million men (41%) have started caring for relatives who are older, disabled or living with a physical or mental illness.
• Typically, they will have been supporting loved ones from afar, helping with food shopping, collecting medicine, managing finances and providing reassurance and emotional support during the pandemic.
• Some will have taken on intense caring roles, helping with tasks such as personal care, moving around the home, administering medication and preparing meals.
• 2.8 million people (62%) who have started caring since the outbreak are also juggling paid work alongside their caring responsibilities, highlighting the need for working carers to be supported as they return to offices and work sites.
• The six charities supporting Carers Week are calling on the UK Government to recognise and raise awareness of the role unpaid carers are playing during the pandemic and ensure they are supported through it, and beyond.
• Both unpaid carers (71%) and adults without caring responsibilities (70%) said managing the stress and responsibility of being an unpaid carer was/ would be the top challenge when caring. Families are under a huge amount of pressure managing their caring roles and are worried about how they will cope in the weeks and months ahead.

The full report can be found on the Carers Week website, which also explains the many ways any of us can get involved: https://www.carersuk.org/images/CarersWeek2020/CW_2020_Research_Report_WEB.pdf