I have once again pledged my support to carers in Oldham East and Saddleworth as we mark Carers Week 2015, which runs from 8-14th June. There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, of which 11,076 are in Oldham East and Saddleworth.
Without the right help and support, caring can have a detrimental impact – carers can quickly become isolated, with their physical and emotional health, work and finances all hit hard. I know from providing respite care for my mother how difficult caring for a loved one can be, as well as being extremely rewarding.
The Carers Week 2015 charities are calling on individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to take action to improve the lives of carers by building ‘carer-friendly communities’ that consider and support their needs.
The call comes after research for Carers Week revealed that the variation in the support and recognition carers experience from services across the country is putting the health of many carers, and their ability to support the people they care for, at risk.
Carers make a hugely valuable contribution to society and they need support to carry on the work they do. That is why I am supporting this initiative to encourage services in my community to think about the needs of carers and reach out to carers across Oldham East and Saddleworth and help ensure they don’t miss out on support. I look forward to visiting a local carers group in Saddleworth later this week.
Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support and MS Society. Thousands of events are taking place across the country this week, and thousands of people have already pledged their support for carers online. To find out more about events in Oldham East and Saddleworth visit www.carersweek.org