Carers Week

We are part way through Carers Week 2010 (14th – 20th June), but it’s not too late to get involved. 

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With 3 in 5 people becoming an unpaid carer at some point in their life, saving the government an astonishing £87 billion each year (the same cost of running the NHS) carers week will highlight and celebrate “the incredible contribution that carers make, sharing the positive experiences as well as the more difficult.”

This years theme is ‘A life of my own’ aimed at highlighting the isolation carers often feel as they sacrifice their own lives; “a life of my own is a daydream. Caring demands are relentless, and costs you your health, relationships and happiness. To have a life of my own, for just one day would be marvellous,” Theresa from Glasgow.

To find out what is happening in your area, visit the Carers Week event finder. Also take a look at these blogs and forums to speak to other carers and hear their stories; Carers UK; NHS Carers; CarersBlog; Young Carers blogs; Carers Corner.

If you are a carer you can get advice and assistance from the seven charities organising Carers Week: Carers UKCounsel and CareCrossroads CareMacmillan Cancer Support, the Princess Royal Trust for CarersHelp the Hospices and Parkinson’s UK.

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June 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Goings on.

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