Carers Week 2011 to show the true face of carers

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Carers Week LogoCarers UK and eight other national partners will be organising Carers Week 2011, to take place during 13-19 June 2011. There will be thousand of events and activities throughout the UK, around the theme The True Face of Carers.


An increasing number of employers now hold awareness raising events on caring issues for their employees during Carers Week. Nomura, a Leadership Group member of Employers for Carers, will also be holding a Networking Event event for EfC members on 14 June 2011. Further details of the event - and a toolkit for employers and how they can get involved - have been forwarded to EfC members.


Carers Week will ask how hard is life as a carer? Or how easy? How much help do carers actually receive from statutory agencies and government, local and national? Or should that be how little?


How do carers think society sees them? What is the reality of caring in the UK in 2011? What are the biggest surprises that you and I encounter when we become carers? What can really make a difference to carers lives? Is it money? Or something else?


Is caring a perpetual struggle with no thanks and no recognition? Or a richly-rewarding experience that brings out the best in the human spirit?


All this and more will be revealed during 13-19 June 2011. Carers will be centre-stage during the biggest awareness week in the UK when the truth will be  revealed about caring and the myths will be swept away.


To find out more about Carers Week, and how to take part, please contact Paul Matz, Carers Week Manager at info@carersweek.org or call 0845 241 2582.


The other charities who jointly organise Carers Week with us are; Age UK, Counsel & Care, Crossroads Care, Dementia UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, MS Society, Parkinson's UK and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.