Jo supports Carers Week 2013


To celebrate Carers Week from 10 to 16 June, local MP Jo Swinson is encouraging East Dunbartonshire residents to get involved and recognise the contribution that carers make on a daily basis.

Carers Week is an opportunity to celebrate the 6.5 million carers across the UK and raise awareness of the impact that caring has on people’s lives.

The theme of 2013 Carers Week is ‘Prepared to Care?’ which will highlight how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.

As part of Carers Week, a number of events will be held to help carers access support and advice. Carers can find out about events at www.carersweek.org.

Commenting Jo Swinson said:

“Every day in East Dunbartonshire 1 in 8 people will care for a loved one in some form. These are people who give up their time, sometimes their jobs and often make life changing sacrifices to care for someone.

“Carers save this country an incredible £119 billion1 every year. That’s why I believe as a society we must be Prepared to Care for our carers and I want to encourage local residents to get involved in the events taking place during the week to show their support.”

Helen Clarke, Carers Week Manager, commented:

It’s fantastic to see MPs taking a stand for carers. Carers form the backbone of our society and that’s why Carers Week is so incredibly important to not only recognise their contribution, but ensure they get the help and support they need.”

Carers Week is delivered by a partnership of national charities – Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK and supported by the Stroke Association and Bupa’s Carewell. In 2013 it is sponsored by Sainsbury’s Plc and the sector skills council in England Skills for Care.

Keep up to date with Carers Week and events happening at:

www.carersweek.org  /www.facebook.com/carersweek  / https://twitter.com/carersweek

1 Carers UK and the University of Leeds (2011) Valuing Carers 2011: Calculating the value of carers’ support.

Carers Week is delivered by a partnership of national charities – Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK and supported by the Stroke Association and Bupa’s Carewell. In 2013 it is sponsored by Sainsbury’s Plc and the sector skills council in England Skills for Care.

Carers Week takes place to recognise and celebrate the UK’s carers and encourage them to access the support, advice and information they need that can help improve their lives and the people they care for.

At least 2,000 organisations take part in Carers Week, including local charities and voluntary organisations, hospitals, hospices and care homes and a growing number of employers.


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