Carers Awareness Week 2019


Join Narinder Sharma the CEO of Derbyshire Carers Association on the Bigger Lunch on Wednesday 12th June 2019.


Carers Week is this week from Monday 10 to Sunday 16 June. It is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the important contribution made by the UK’s 8.8 million carers. It is also a time of local activity, with thousands of events planned for carers across the UK. During Carers Week 2019, Carers UK are aiming to get carers connected with their community.

The campaign gets support from individuals, local organisations, businesses, politicians and the media and aims to raise awareness and understanding of unpaid caring. The national charities Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society, Rethink Mental Illness, Sense, Independent Age and Macmillan Cancer Support, have come together to stress the “urgent need to tackle loneliness and improve wellbeing among the UK’s carers”

Carers look after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring. Its impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.

Many unpaid carers struggle alone without support and there are reforms needed for social care funding and for the Government to improve financial support for them. Employers, health and care professionals, schools and universities, and friends and family could also help put them in touch with practical and financial help.

Derbyshire Carers Association provides support, advice, information and representation to and for our local carers. DCA works to enable them to make choices whether they wish to be carers, and to value their own feelings and needs as well as the feelings and needs of the person they care for. They work to ensure that all carers, regardless of age, gender, religion, culture or relationship to the person they care for, should have the same rights, hopes, expectations and choices as people who are not carers and will campaign to raise public awareness of their role and to ensure that they are seen as people first, carers second.

Derbyshire Carers Association are holding many activities and events during Carers week, see the photos below for more information. 

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Diana Thompson

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