Carers Week is a national event run each year in June and is all about recognising, supporting and celebrating carers. The theme this year is Making Caring Visible and Valued. We are keen to not only highlight the amazing work that carers do, but raise awareness of the difficulties they face and support that is needed.

Carer facts and figures:

  • 3 in 5 of us will become carers at some point in our lives
  • 1 in 7 workers are also a carer. Close to 70% of carers have quit work or reduced their hours due to the stress of juggling work with care.
  • 63,000+ people in Worcestershire (6.5 million in the UK) are currently caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is older, disabled or seriously ill. This figure is estimated to have risen since the Covid pandemic.
  • Many people don’t identify themselves as carers – they simply see themselves as spouses, parents, children or friends, meaning that many carers across Worcestershire aren’t connected to vital information and support that can help them with caring
  • Carers save the economy £132 billion per year – this is close to the cost of a second NHS
  • Carers Allowance is £67.25 a week and is the lowest benefit of its kind
  • In a 2018 survey carried out by Carers UK, 72% of carers said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring. 61% said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of caring.

Events for Carers Week:

We have a variety of events running during Carers Week - click HERE to be taken to our events page where you can find out more information and to book.

Pledge your support for Carers Week:

Make a pledge this Carers Week to do something to make Caring more visible and valued 

  • Reach out to a family member, friend or neighbour that you know is caring for someone – let them know you are there for them
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share our posts to spread the word about Carers Week
  • Organise a fundraiser for WAC, or you can donate money to help support carers here
  • Share information about caring with your colleagues at work. Ask your workplace to look into becoming a Working for Carers member
  • Get in touch with your local politician and ask them to support Carers Week

For more information on Carers Week go to www.carersweek.org