We would like to say a big thank you to each of you who has joined with us to help raise awareness of unpaid carers, and the importance of them getting the support they need.
Here is just some of how different people have been involved in what we have been doing this Carers Week. We really appreciate your support and involvement which has included:
- Unpaid carers shared their experiences on the radio and our chief executive Miriam spoke to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Norfolk. Belinda from our awareness team also spoke to Greatest Hits radio about important work being done by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Young Carers and Young adult carers to understand more about the impacts of caring.
- Hannah, who is part of Norfolk Young Carers Forum, was one of the young carers Carers Trust invited to afternoon tea reception inside 10 Downing Street on Tuesday.
- We really enjoyed meeting unpaid carers at our Time for Tea in ’23 get-together that we hosted at our St Ives office with Time for Tea in ’23 events also held at carer hubs. And thank you to everyone who is planning your own event in the weeks ahead.
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System gave us the opportunity to speak to 200 health professionals to explain more about the role of unpaid carers and the support available to them.
- 40 people joined our online webinars for employers, health organisations and community organisations to find out about the importance of recognising and supporting unpaid carers, and hear about our Carer Friendly Tick Awards.
- Schools have been involved. Ella from our communities team helped organise pizza making at Crosshall Junior School, St Neots. Young carers at Buckden Church Of England Primary School, talked about their caring role and the superpowers they have in an assembly. children and staff at Mulbarton Primary School in Norfolk had an session with Claire from our awareness team.
- Aria Court Care Home in March and Tesco (March store) donated pamper hampers as a ‘thank you for all you do’ gift to the unpaid carers whose loved ones come along to our March Day Club.
- We held an Information stand at the Norfolk Carer for Carers event, speaking to numerous unpaid carers.
- Businesses and organisations across our region have been using our free awareness film ‘Am I an unpaid carer?’ to show to their staff teams during Carers Week. Your business or organisation can also use this film – click here to find out more
- Thank you to all of you who used Facebook, Twitter or other social media to let people know about unpaid carers, and how they can get the support they need. You can carry on doing this even after Carers Week as looking after someone is something that happens every week of the year, and your help in raising awareness is hugely valuable.
Our work to ensure carers get the support they need continues year-round. If you want to share your experiences as an unpaid carer for us to use in raising awareness and share with policy makers, please visit our Carers speak out page by clicking here.