Carers Week is an annual national event and is about recognising and valuing unpaid carers. As such we at, Carer Support Dorset, want to champion you as carers! The theme for this year’s Carers Week is ‘Making Caring Visible and Valued’ to recognise the amount of work you put in that often goes unseen.

Who are carers?

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or who needs extra help as they grow older. They might be a person’s main carer or may help with other members of the family or community.

You could be helping with household tasks such as cleaning or cooking, administering medication, organising and transporting someone to medical appointments, providing personal care or providing emotional support.

Some carers may not identify themselves as a ‘Carer’ because it’s something they just do. However, it can be an important step to recognise just what you do as a carer and how it can impact you. For example, it can be a lot to come to terms with when someone we love changes or struggles with their physical or mental health.

Your experiences of being a carer

You may feel you fell into your caring role because you had to, or there was no one else to take on the role for someone you love. Being a carer can be a huge part of your life, and deserves to be recognised.

We have carers’ stories every day this week. We wanted to hear from you about what your caring role was like and how it has impacted you. Sharing carers’ stories, let’s us talk about caring in your own words.

Our carers have been open and honest in their stories around the difficulties of caring, particularly in the last year throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. This might be because they feel they have no time for themselves or the hardship of having to do everything, including personal care, because of dementia’s impact on their partner.

Take a read of Barbara, Grace, Steve, Sandra and Alfie’s stories.

Carers Week activities

We have lots of activities this week to help you take time for yourself and have fun! The week starts off with your chance to speak to various carer organisations across Dorset and find out some tips and advice on looking after your mental health and wellbeing as a carer.

Join in any of our activities for free and be in with the chance to win a prize or get one of our free pamper or craft packs.

Monday 7 11am-12.30pm. Meet Dorset’s Carer Organisations. Drop-in celebration event for carers with carer-friendly organisations across Dorset. Held via Zoom.

Tuesday 8 10-11am. Show and tell: Bring your own pet. Bring along your pet and share your best pet story for the chance to win a prize! Held via Ring Central.

Wednesday 9 7pm-8pm. Quiz Night with Dorset Carers Hub.  A fun quiz night for you to join in with others carers, with a small prize up for grabs for the winner. Held via Zoom.

Thursday 10 2pm-3pm. Art and Wellbeing. An informal art session focused on wellbeing, led by one of our Carer Advisers. Held via Ring Central.

Friday 11 4pm-5pm. Relaxation and Pamper. A pamper session for carers, with one of our Carer Advisers. Held via Ring Central.   

To find out more about these sessions and book, please contact us on 0800 368 8349 or email admin@carersupportdorset.co.uk.