Carers Week is an annual national event and is about recognising and valuing unpaid carers.
A carer can be someone of any age, who may be in paid work or not, who supports a friend or family member due to their illness, disability, frailty, mental health or substance misuse.
Some of us may not identify ourselves as a ‘Carer’ because it’s something we just do.
The following organisations – Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council, Dorset Council, Dorset Healthcare, Dorset CCG, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Bournemouth and Poole NHS Trusts, Carer Support Dorset and Rethink are working in partnership with each other and many others organisations across Dorset to reach out, support and help celebrate carers and what they do, especially at this difficult time.
‘Making Carers Visible’ is the theme this year and we are encouraging carers, and everyone in the community, to celebrate and recognise the contribution of this often-hidden group of people known as carers.
Even if you are not a carer, think about your friends and family, it is probable that you will know someone who is looking after another person.
Across the UK today an estimated 6.5 million people or 1 in every 8 are carers and this includes many thousands who live in Dorset!
Organisations across Dorset would like you to customise the Carers Week logo with your own colours or style or create your own!
Whatever you decide to do please put it in the window and show carers that we value all they do and that they are not alone.
If you are a carer your local carers support organisation will be holding events in the week such as virtual coffee mornings, workshops, poetry writing. They will also be available for a chat if that is what you need right now. To find out more please contact:
Carers’ Resource Information and Support (CRISP) for Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch
01202 458204 www.crispweb.org
Carer Support Dorset
0800 3688349 www.carersupportdorset.co.uk/