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June 2018 – Blog on National Carers Week; 11-17 June 2018

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National Carers Week

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.

National Carers Week – How can you help?

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 National 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, National 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.

Catch up with Lucy Sherry’s previous blog posts

May 2018 – Blog on Stay Healthy, Stay Walking
April 2018 – Blog on Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM)
March 2018 – Blog on the Importance of Good Oral Health
February 2018 – Blog on World Thinking Day – 22nd February
January 2018 – Blog on Losing Weight with The High Calcium Diet
December 2017 – Blog on World AIDS Day 2017
November 2017 – Blog on Antibiotic Resistance – Causes, consequences and how you can help
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October 2017 – Blog on Why Eating Curry is Good for Your Health
September 2017 – Blog on Challenge the Stigma of Dementia
August 2017 – Blog on Road Victims Awareness Month – August 2017
July 2017 – Blog on Group Streptococcus B Awareness Month
June 2017 – Blog on Brain Food!
May 2017 – Blog on Why Eating Less Meat Could Help Save the Planet!
April 2017 – Blog on the EWG’s Clean 15 & Dirty Dozen
March 2017 – Blog on Going Sugar-free this Lent
February 2017 – Blog on Antibiotics in Animal Feed & the Rise of the Superbug; 1 Reason Why I was Vegetarian!
January 2017 – Blog on Alcohol; a harmless social escape or a dangerous poison?
December 2016 – Blog on Our annual Christmas binge & January famine!
November 2016 – Blog on Battling Stress at Work
October 2016 – Blog on The Taboos About Men’s Mental Health

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