Carers Week with the theme of ‘Make caring visible, valued and supported’, takes place on 6 – 12 June.
During the lead up to the week, we thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight the range of support we offer to people looking after a family member or friend.
If you or someone you know is looking after someone because of their illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, and they would find it difficult to cope without that support, then they are recognised as a carer.
Last year we supported more than 17,000 carers of all ages and their families across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk. Their caring roles were varied and wide ranging.
If you are a carer, we are here to support you whether you are new to your caring role, have seen your role evolve as the person you care for has needed more support over time, or have lost a loved one you cared for.
We can offer a range of advice, information and support, and help you, and the person you care for, access services that are helpful to you.
Our services include:
- a dedicated carers telephone helpline where trained advisors can give you information and advice that will support you in your caring role, such as carers assessments, emergency planning and welfare benefits;
- homecare services, where a care worker looks after the person you care for, including to enable you to have a break;
- face-to-face and online carers hubs and carers days trips, where you can meet other carers in a similar situation;
- carers learning to help you feel more confident in your caring role;
- support with emergency planning;
- and newsletters to keep you informed and updated – sign up here.
Carers Week 2022
The week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers of all ages face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities.
To show our support for carers, we have events and activities planned for the lead up to/and during Carers Week.
Read more about our Carer Week events including Cambridgeshire Libraries Read a Little Aloud sessions.