Making Caring Visible and Valued this Carers Week (7–13 June 2021)

During Carers Week 2021 Healthwatch Bracknell Forest is inviting health and care services, schools, employers and businesses across the community to recognise the vital contribution made by unpaid carers in Bracknell Forest.
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“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic unpaid carers have played an essential role supporting older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends, doing so most of the year on their own behind closed doors. They have forgone breaks from caring and much of the support they would normally have relied on. “Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it sometimes comes with difficulties, including getting the right support. This Carers Week I hope all parts of the community – family and friends, employers, businesses, schools, health and care services – do their bit to make caring visible and show it is valued.”
— On behalf of the Carers Week charities, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

For Carers Week 2021 charity Carers UK is joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness to help raise awareness of caring around the country.  

The six charities driving Carers Week 2021 are calling on individuals, services and organisations to do their part in Making Caring Visible and Valued – recognising the contribution made by carers and helping them get the practical, financial and emotional support they need to care for a loved one. 

Hundreds of activities are taking place across the country during Carers Week and many people have Added Their Voice on the Carers Week website to make caring visible this year. To find out more about activities in Bracknell Forest visit https://www.carersweek.org/

If you are a carer and want to share your experiences of accessing health and social care services in Bracknell Forest then you can get in touch with us by emailing us at info@healthwatchbracknellforest.co.uk or calling us at 0300 0120184 between the hours of 10:00 – 16:00 Monday to Friday.

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