This year’s Carers Week will run from 7 – 11 June 2021, please save the dates in your diary. It’s an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and pave the way for policy makers to provide greater support for carers in the long term. There are lots of ways you can start getting involved now and show your support for carers. Read on to find out more about Carers Week, including how to get involved.
Carers Week is brought to life by the thousands of individuals and organisations who get involved, so we’d love your help to make it a success. By taking part, you’ll be highlighting the important role carers play in our communities, helping connect them with vital support networks, and sparking a national conversation about carers’ needs that will encourage decision makers to take action. Taking part in Carers Week also offers a great chance to raise your profile as a local charity.
There are lots of ways you can start getting involved now and show your support for carers. Here are just a few:
- Send out a “save the date” in a Tweet, Facebook post or newsletter using these templates and graphics, or retweet the Age UK Campaigns account
- Head to the Carers Week website to pledge your support for carers
- Download the activity guide to see what you can do during the week – there are a huge range of ideas, from showing your support on social media, to holding an online coffee morning for carers
- If you are running an activity, list it on the website
- Find more resources on the Carers Week website to get you started
Carers Week is also a great hook for engaging your MP and local decision makers in a conversation about the support carers need in your area, and what they can do to help. If you’re interested in setting up a virtual meeting with your MP during Carers Week we’d be glad to support you, please email Rhianon.Steeds@ageuk.org.uk to find out more.
If you have any other questions about the actions listed above or would like support getting involved please don’t hesitate to get in touch, you can email me at Rhianon.Steeds@ageuk.org.uk. I’ll be in touch again soon with more detail about the activities going on in Carers Week and how you can take part.