Carers Week 2018
This years Carers Week theme is about supporting carers to be Healthy and Connected. National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution carers make to our nation.
Anyone at any time can become a carer. National Carers Week is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all UK citizens about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.
Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, enriching relationships and bringing satisfaction and well-being. However, caring for others often comes at a cost to carers’ own health and well-being as they put their own needs to the back of the queue.
To be Healthy and Connected, carers need the information and practical support to care safely without harming their own physical and mental health and the right advice and financial support to be able to stay fit and eat healthily.
Key facts about carers
• 6.5 million people in the UK are carers; that’s 1 in 8 adults (Census 2011)
• By 2037, it is estimated that the number of carers in the UK will rise to 9 million (Carers UK)
• Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million
people every year (Carers UK)
• 58% of carers are women and 42% are men (Census 2011)
• The unpaid care provided by the UK’s carers is worth £132 billion per year, an average of
£19,336 per carer (Carers UK, University of Sheffield, University of Leeds)
• Over 3 million people juggle care with work, however the significant demands of caring
mean that 1 in 5 carers are forced to give up work altogether (Carers UK).
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