In sickness and in health
WHAT IS A CARER?
Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Carers give so much to society yet as a consequence of caring; they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination. Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who care for family or friends.
At some point in our lives every one of us will be involved in looking after an older relative, a sick friend or a disabled family member. Carers are contributing so much to their communities by looking after the people they love. It isn’t fair that those who contribute so much are valued so little. Carers UK wants society to respect, value and support carers.
TV personality Graham Norton believes carers should get more recognition for the work they do. He says: “I was staggered to hear that carers save the Exchequer £87 billion every year. That’s the same cost as running a second NHS. Carers work so hard, they deserve all the support we can give them. Carers Week is an ideal opportunity to spread the word. “
Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. During the week the UK’s six million unpaid carers are celebrated and recognised for the contribution they make to those they care for, and to their communities. During the campaign we raise the profile of unpaid carers in the national, regional and local media. Organisations throughout the UK are encouraged to take part and join in by organising events, running information sessions and recognising the carers they work with or support.
Let Carers Wales know if you are planning an event or activity, they would love to know. Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us as we celebrate the fantastic work of Rhondda Cynon Taf Carers. Carers Week Begins on Monday 18th June 2012 where you will find a number of events taking place throughout the week. To learn more
In Rhondda Cynon Taf we have a Carers Support Project which is dedicated to advising and supporting carers of all ages living within Rhondda Cynon Taf. If a young carer needs ongoing support, they can be referred to the Rhondda Cynon Taf Young Carer’s Project run by Action for Children.
To find out more or to book a place at any of the events call the Carers Support Project on Freephone 0808 100 1801, or you can email CarersSupportProject@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk.
You can learn more by clicking on to the Young Carers Handbook “Do You Care”. Click here to download
For further information and useful contacts click on http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/healthsocialcare/carers/youngcarers/youngcarers.aspx
Carers Week is a partnership of eight national charities, who come together to fund and organise the largest national awareness week in the UK:-
Age UK, Carers Trust. Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK.
Age UK has a vision of a world in which older people flourish. Information Line: 0800 169 6565 www.ageuk.org.uk
Carers UK improve carers’ lives by providing information and advice. CarersLine freephone: 0808 808 7777 www.carersuk.org
Carers Trust work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail or disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. 020 8498 7900 www.carers.org
Independent Age provide a national information and advice service for older people, their families and carers. Contact Independent Age advice service: 0845 262 1863 www.independentage.org
Macmillan Cancer Support provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support; listen to people affected by cancer and work together for better cancer care. Macmillan Support Line freephone: 0808 808 00 00 www.macmillan.org.uk
Marie Curie Cancer Care provide free nursing care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes and the charity’s hospices. Marie Curie Cancer Care freephone: 0800 716 146 www.mariecurie.org.uk
MS Society are the UK’s leading multiple sclerosis charity, which provides information, grants and support etc. MS Helpline: 0808 800 8000 www.mssociety.org.uk
Parkinson’s UK are the Parkinson’s support and research charity. Helpline: 0808 800 0303 www.parkinsons.org.uk
To know more about the national organisations http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/directory-of-national-organisations