This year Carers Week is themed around Make Caring Visible and Valued. Discover what it means and everything you need to know
By Virgin Media
Carers Week was created to heighten the visibility of the country’s unpaid carers and highlight the important work they do, as well as the many challenges they face. Incredibly, there are over 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK, with 1 in 7 jugging work and caring, which last year’s pandemic has only made tougher.
Carers Week is also aimed at those with caring responsibilities who may not see themselves as carers to encourage them to identify themselves as such – as well as access vital information and support. That’s why this year Carers Week has the campaign theme Make Caring Visible and Valued.
The campaign sees thousands of individuals and organisations come together to run activities and raise the profile of carers in the UK. Among its main aims are to create a supportive community by connecting carers across the UK, as well as highlighting the challenges of caring and bringing together different organisations offering support. With lockdown cutting off access to local support services as well as restricting their ability to travel, unpaid carers need this support and awareness more than ever.
Unpaid carers often find themselves socially isolated and feeling invisible when looking after loved ones. That’s why Virgin Media has partnered with Carers UK over the course of five years, to help make life better by providing meaningful connections for 1 million carers by 2025.
Here’s how you can get involved in Carers Week…
Amplify the message
There are ways you can help promote the visibility and support for unpaid carers by sharing your support on social media, contacting your local MP to let them know it’s Carers Week, or encouraging your workplace or other local organisations to do more to support carers. If you’d like to start showing your support now, why not Add Your Voice alongside many others on the Carers Week website.
Host an activity
There are many ways to encourage your workplace or organisation to host an activity for Carers Week – you can also register and promote it via the Carers Week website where you can also find resources on how to get involved.
Reach out to local carers
Many carers aren’t aware that there is support and advice available for them to access. There are resources on the Carers Week website, which you can send them the link to, or print out on their behalf if they don’t have a computer. There’s also lots more information available on the Carers UK website, too.
For Carers Week, Virgin Media in partnership with Carers UK has teamed up with several carers to create a special campaign video, to highlight the important work that unpaid carers do. Hear their stories below:
Virgin Media & Carers UK
Find out how we’re teaming up with Carers UK to help build meaningful connections to help make life better for 1 million carers by the end of 2025.