During Carers Week 2020 West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is inviting health and care services, schools, employers and businesses across the community to recognise the vital contribution made by unpaid carers in West Lancashire.

MP Rosie is also using Carers Week to promote to West Lancashire constituents who carers are, particularly those who don’t see themselves as carers.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am delighted to be supporting Carers Week, which is now in its 26th year. I feel that carers are the real unsung heroes in our community and it is right that we recognise the valuable contribution they make.

“Due to the Coronavirus, we won’t be able to celebrate carers’ contributions in the usual manner but that doesn’t stop us promoting their work and Carers Week online and local businesses and organisations doing the same.

“I want to take the message of Carers’ Week to as wide an audience as possible, and to get it across that support, advice and practical help is available for those who may be feeling isolated, exhausted or ill because of what is effectively a 24 hours a day, seven days a week job.

“It is a fact that many carers don’t really see themselves as a carer. They are usually husbands, wives, brothers, sisters or even friends of the person they are caring for.

“With the current pandemic, many carers will have been working even harder to support their loved ones in difficult circumstances, and we should recognise and appreciate their efforts.”

On behalf of the Carers Week charities, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:
“This year it is more important than ever to raise the profile of caring and recognise the enormous contribution made by unpaid carers, who throughout the COVID-19 outbreak have played an essential role supporting friends and family who are older, disabled or seriously ill. I am delighted that so many individuals and organisations are getting involved with virtual activities, helping carers to connect to others and access advice and information.

“Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it sometimes comes with difficulties, including getting the right support. This Carers Week all parts of the community – family and friends, employers, businesses, schools, health and care services – should do their bit to make caring visible and recognise carers’ vital contribution to society.”

For Carers Week 2020 charity Carers UK is joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness to help raise awareness of caring around the country. The headline sponsor is British Gas, part of Centrica, and Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition is the supporting sponsor.

The six charities driving Carers Week 2020 are calling on individuals, services and organisations to do their part in Making Caring Visible – helping carers get the practical, financial and emotional support they need to care for a loved one.

Hundreds of activities are taking place across the country during Carers Week and many people have already Added Their Voice to make caring visible this year. To find out more about activities in West Lancashire visit https://www.carersweek.org/get-involved/events-near-you

About Carers Week 2020

Carers Week will take place from 8-14 June 2020 across the UK.

Carers Week, established by Carers UK 26 years ago, is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with hundreds of activities planned for carers across the UK.

Website: www.carersweek.org

Twitter: @CarersWeek #carersweek

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarersWeek

There are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers Week. From sharing information with a struggling friend, to holding a virtual information event in your workplace, we all have a role to play to help get carers connected.

Visit the Carers Week website (www.carersweek.org) and:

  • Add Your Voice for Carers Week by spreading awareness of caring on the Carers Week website or on social media
  • Run an activity and register it on the Carers Week website so that others can find it
  • Follow Carers Week on Twitter @CarersWeek and use the hashtag #Carersweek
  • Like Carers Week on Facebook (www.facebook.com/carersweek) and join in with the conversation

What is a carer?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse issue, or who needs extra help as they grow older.

For some, taking on a caring role can be sudden: someone in your family has an accident or your child is born with a disability. For others, caring responsibilities can grow gradually over time: your parents can’t manage on their own any longer or your partner’s mental or physical health gradually worsens.

The amount and type of support that carers provide varies considerably. It can range from a few hours a week, such as picking up prescriptions and preparing meals, to providing emotional support or personal care day and night.

Caring will touch each and every one of us in our lifetime, whether we become a carer or need care ourselves. Whilst caring can be a rewarding experience, it can also have a huge impact on a person’s health, finances and relationships.

Rosie Cooper MP
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