It's Carers Week 2019! #ConnectingCarers
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 be a hugely rewarding experience but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring.
Its impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough. For example:
- 53% of carers have borrowed money as a result of their caring role; 3% have re-mortgaged their home or downsized
- approximately 69% of older carers say that being a carer has had an adverse effect on their mental health
- 68% of young carers in the UK have experienced bullying at school
- young adult carers between 16-18 are twice as likely to not be in education, employment or training (NEET)
This Carers Week, we're coming together to help carers get:
- Connected to advice and information
- Connected to services
- Connected to friends and family
- Connected to others, including carers
- Connected to technology
Throughout the week, we'll be sharing stories and resources that will benefit carers of Southwark!
Stay tuned to our website and social media for updates!