Celebrating Carers Week
Celebrating Carers Week
It’s Carers Week – the perfect time to show your support for carers and the valuable work they do! This is something we should always strive to do, but a dedicated week provides great opportunities to learn, listen and make impactful change in your community.
Like many Devon charities and trusts, here at Calvert Trust Exmoor, we know how important it is to give recognition to the vital role of a carer – something that is too often taken for granted. So, what does Carers Week involve, and how can you celebrate it?
What is Carers Week?
Every year, the Carers Week campaign aims to highlight and uplift the work done by carers across the country. The 2021 campaign takes place this week, between Monday 7th and Sunday 13th of June.
As a result of the pandemic, more people have been taking on care roles, and gaining additional support has become more challenging. So, it is now more important than ever that we prop up the often unheard voices of carers. This year, the campaign focuses specifically on unpaid carers, making them more visible and helping them feel more valuable.
Every year, individuals and organisations come together to provide support, run activities and raise awareness for this worthy cause.
Why Should We Celebrate Carers?
According to carersweek.org, 6.5 million people in the UK are classified as carers. The responsibilities of a carer are varied; whether this means caring for an older family member or supporting someone with a mental or physical disability.
It is often a demanding role, fraught with challenges – celebrating carers is all about recognising these challenges and putting systems in place to facilitate the necessary support.
Being a carer is incredibly rewarding, but it is not without its difficulties. Prioritising education and helping people understand what constitutes being a carer and their contributions to individuals and communities is one of the ways we can show our support and help change things for the better.
How Can You Celebrate Carers Week?
To celebrate this week, you can head over to the Carers Week website and find out what kind of events are taking place near you. You’ll find plenty of events and activities to get involved with. Some of the many great events hosted by individuals, groups and organisations include:
- Virtual or socially distanced meetings and get-togethers centred around celebration and support.
- Sessions to raise awareness and provide education.
- Wellbeing events highlighting the possibilities of meditation and yoga when de-stressing.
- Resources and professional advice, whether it be financial, emotional or anything else.
Remember to search the Carers Week activity map to find events near you. You can also make a pledge of support, outlining what you are going to do or continue doing to further the cause and help give carers more visibility.
If you’re celebrating Carers Week, be sure to let us know what kind of events you get involved with or tell us how you’re showing your support via our Facebook page!