This year Carers Week ran from 10-16 June. We were out and about across the county highlighting the challenges that unpaid carers face. We know there are over 63,000+ carers in Worcestershire and we currently look after or support just over 13,000 of them. That means we still have a large number of carers to find who may need support.

The theme for this year’s Carers Week was ‘Getting Carers Connected’ and we know that, although caring can be extremely rewarding, it can also be quite isolating and carers often don’t find time for themselves.

Thanks to Tesco's Bags for Help scheme, Sanctuary Group’s male carer project funding, and community support from organisations like the Mark Master Masons we were able to take carers out for a delicious breakfast in Evesham, an afternoon tea at The Twisted Spoon in Upton Snodsbury and on a boat trip and lunch in Alvechurch, providing over 50 carers with the opportunity to meet other carers, have some ‘me time’ and chat to our staff about their caring roles.

We were also able to hold drop-ins at local hospitals, GP surgeries and hospices across the county, and we thank those venues immensely for their continued support.