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Virtual Carers Week Kirklees 8th - 14th June 2020

Welcome from Suzi Henderson, CEO, Cloverleaf Advocacy

 

Since 2013, when we started to provide our first Carers Count service in Kirklees, we have worked hard to raise awareness of carers - who is a carer, what are their rights, and how we can support them by providing information, advice, advocacy and emotional support.

 

Carers Count Kirklees has nearly 5900 carers registered with the service - which is a huge achievement, but we know there are so many more people out there providing unpaid support to a loved one, due to ill-health, disability, growing older or mental health issues.  This is challenging at times, and carers deserve recognition, respect, and the right support so that their own health and wellbeing can be maintained.

 

That's what makes the theme of this year's Carers Week so important - Making Caring Visible.  Never has it come at a more relevant time - so many more people will find themselves providing extra support and help to loved ones during the current pandemic.

 

We hope you will join us this Carers Week, through the online events and videos.  We want to celebrate the huge contribution that carers make to our communities and society.  We would love this years’ Carers Week to reach even more people who don’t currently realise they are carers, and help them get the right support when they need it most.

 

Suzi Henderson

Making Caring Visible 2020

“This Carers Week, we're recognising that now, more than ever before, it's time for us to come together and help Make Caring Visible.” – Carers Week 2020

 

There are around 40,000 people caring for someone in Kirklees, and an estimated 8.8 million adult carers across the UK. Yet carers often feel they are on their own; surveys report that 8 in 10 people caring for loved ones say they have felt lonely or socially isolated.

 

Caring can be rewarding, but it does impact every aspect of a carer’s life, including their own mental and physical health, relationships, finances and work. And now, due to the coronavirus outbreak, carers are facing even greater challenges to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

 

It is vital that we all recognise the valuable contribution that carers make to society, that the role they play is not underestimated or overlooked, and that carers receive the information, advice and support they need to look after their own wellbeing.

 

We all have a part to play in making sure that carers in Kirklees are seen, heard and understood at this critical time. That’s why, at Carers Count, we have planned events throughout Carers Week which we hope will help make carers visible to:

 

  • Support services across Kirklees
  • GP surgeries and other health and social care providers
  • Other carers within our community
  • Employers
  • Carers’ family, friends, colleagues and neighbours
  • The general public

 

These events will be happening virtually. Take a look at our plan for the week to see how you would like to get involved! Please just remember to pre-book for the sessions you would like to join.