Carers Week 2020 

This year’s theme for Carers Week (8-14 June) is making caring visible. 

This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.

So during Carers Week, we want to help Make Caring Visible.

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, and an estimated 47,000* of those live in Wiltshire. They are looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Caring’s impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated, and carers are facing even more difficult circumstances this year. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.

It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need.

How are we supporting Carers Week?

Due to the current circumstances, this Carers Week is entirely virtual!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a week of carer stories, a carers week colouring page you can print out and display, a carer themed word search, virtual cafes and more.

Read our carer stories –

Parent carer Shona.

Young adult carer Rosario.

Young carer Finley. 

Military carer Edd. 

Male carer David.

Working carer Debs. 

 

*Census 2011

*Colouring sheet designed by @amywrites__ www.amy-writes.co.uk