Carers Rights Day – 25th November
Carers Rights Day 2021 is coming up on Thursday 25 November, but many people who look after a family member or friend do not realise that they are a carer, or that there is vital support available to help them.
Caring Together, a charity that supports carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk is encouraging people to help increase the awareness of the role of carers, which is often hidden, and the support available to them.
Miriam Martin, chief executive of Caring Together said, “Many carers are facing huge pressures, but help is available. Depending on their situation it may be emotional support, help to have some time away from their caring role, practical advice, opportunities to meet others in a similar situation, or help to attend medical appointments that they need.
“Three in five of us are likely to become a carer at some point in our lives, with many more of us likely to need the support of someone to help us.
“This means that caring is an issue that affects all of us. But very often people care for someone they love, and do not realise that the support that they are giving is something that is recognised and that they can be given support with.
“Some rights carers have, for example the right to a carer’s assessment, are set by law. Others may be provided by an employer or school that has policies or support in place carers can access. And we are here to provide advice and information for carers, as well as to raise awareness of the incredible contributions they make.”
The latest findings from the State of Caring Survey by Carers UK highlight just the need for carers to know about the support is available to them:
• Nearly half of carers were caring for more than 90 hours a week (or 12 hours a day).
• The top priority for carers is support with their health and wellbeing.
• Nearly 40% of carers did not know what a carers assessment is – something that they have a right to access.
Earlier this year Caring Together asked young carers about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and found:
• 74% said their ability to cope with their caring role has deteriorated during the pandemic
• 71% said their mental health has been negatively impacted
• Over half of young carers said they had not had any respite or break from their caring role during the pandemic
• 60% felt their education has been negatively impacted
If you or someone you know looks after a family member or friend, you can contact Caring Together. See caringtogether.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 241 0954.
Caring Together are also able to help health, education and community organisations, as well as employers, to identify and support carers. More than 60 organisations now hold the Carer Friendly Tick Award, in recognition of what they do and have in place for carers.
If you are a carer please let the surgery receptionist know so that we are aware.