The recognition of carers as unsung heroes is a cause close to our hearts; that’s why our Cheltenham office has nominated Gloucestershire Young Carers as our 2018 charity, and why we’re giving our full support to them for National Carers Week.
Young carers have to grow up quickly to be able to cook, clean, shop, pay bills and also may have to wash, dress and/or administer medication. Although they may be looking after a disabled sibling whilst parents are at work, they are usually in single-parent households and so have to handle everything around their studies. Often they feel unable to leave home to study at 18 because of their necessary home role. What you may not know is that although there is an allowance claimable by adults who care for others, no financial help is paid to young carers.
This is why Gloucestershire Young Carers play such a crucial role in providing financial, practical, group and individual support for the County’s young carers who are ignored by the system. In spite of this, their funding is less than it ever has been, and so Thomson & Bancks Solicitors are supporting their fundraising attempts and volunteering at their career fayre. If you wish to support their upcoming events, please visit their website.
More than 7 in 10 (74%) of the UK public feel carers are not sufficiently valued by society for the support they provide. This figure increased when those who have had a caring role in the past were asked if they had felt valued by society (83%).
This Carers Week, the aim is to look at all the ways carers can be supported to stay ‘Healthy and Connected’—such as building communities which help carers to look after their loved ones while recognising their own individuality and needs. A whopping 51% of carers let a health problem go untreated as they place others’ needs in front of their own.
From putting up posters to launching a carers network, Carers Week gives you a great platform to recognise and support the carers in your workforce. As well as running events and activities, you can use social media, distribute flyers, contact your MP, put up a poster or issue a press release. Together we can show just how important it is to care about the nation’s carers. They’re not going anywhere; there are 6.5 million carers in the UK currently, and Carers UK estimates that we will see a 40% rise in the number of carers needed by 2037 as the population continues to age.
For more information about National Carers Week and how you can get involved, including making a pledge as an individual or as an organisation, visit the official website.
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