Please ask your MP to Support the Carer’s Leave Bill

The second reading of the Carer’s Leave Bill will now take place on Friday 21 October. If you have time, please write to your MP using the template letter below.

We are supporting Carers UK’s campaign to enshrine the right to Carer’s Leave in employment law. The Carer’s Leave Bill from Wendy Chamberlain MP would provide unpaid leave for at least 2.4 million employees with unpaid caring responsibilities, helping them to juggle work and care.

We previously asked you to join us and support the campaign in September, but the second reading of the bill was delayed. The second reading of the bill will now take place on Friday 21 October, so there is still a bit more time to get more support from MPs for these important rights.

This is a really important opportunity to secure these landmark new employment rights for millions of people who are juggling their unpaid caring responsibilities alongside paid employment.

Write to your MP

If you have time, please contact your local MP using the template letter below, asking them to support the Carer’s Leave Bill.


There is space to include a quote from an older person or carer you support locally detailing how Carer’s Leave would help them and their loved ones, if you are able to include one.

For further information on the campaign, please contact Luke.Pilot@ageuk.org.uk or Carers UK directly via policy@carersuk.org.

Campaign Callout: Supporting the Carer’s Leave Bill

Age UK’s Campaigns Team are supporting Carers UK’s campaign to enshrine the right to Carer’s Leave in employment law. Find out how your organisation can get involved with the campaign too.

We are supporting Carers UK’s campaign to enshrine the right to Carer’s Leave in employment law. Wendy Chamberlain MP’s Carer’s Leave Bill would provide unpaid leave for at least 2.3 million employees with unpaid caring responsibilities, helping them to juggle work and care. Find out how you can get involved below.

This is a really important opportunity to secure these landmark new employment rights for millions of people who are juggling their unpaid caring responsibilities alongside paid employment. The Bill needs MP support before 9 September when it has its Second Reading.

Supporters of the campaign can complete this form that will help them send a letter to their MP, asking them to support the Bill.

There are two ways local Age UKs can support this important campaign:

Promote the action

If you have time, please use the resources – including social media graphics and suggested social media posts – in the campaign toolkit below to promote this action online.

Write to your MP

The more MPs support this bill, the more likely we are to secure these landmark employment rights. We would be grateful if you could contact your local MP using this letter template, asking them to support the Carer’s Leave Bill.

There is space to include a quote from an older person or carer you support locally about how carers leave would help them and their loved ones, if you are able to include one.

Thank you and keep in touch!

Thank you as always for your support with this campaign.

For further information on the campaign, please contact Eorann.Lean@ageuk.org.uk or Carers UK directly via policy@carersuk.org.

Age UK’s Influencing Work During Carers Week and Loneliness Awareness Week 2022

With Carers Week and Loneliness Awareness Week both falling in June, here’s a roundup of Age UK’s influencing work across both weeks.

It’s been a busy month for the whole Age UK Network, with both Carers Week and Loneliness Awareness Week following each other during June! As you know, both weeks are major opportunities to raise awareness of these issues and to highlight the important work that is being done, and more that could be done, to tackle them. Read on to learn about some of the central influencing opportunities we engaged in over these two weeks:

Carers Week – Ensuring Carers Feel Visible, Valued & Supported

Carers Week is delivered by Carers UK alongside Age UK and other charity partners as a celebration of the huge contributions of unpaid carers. This year, the campaign also focused on highlighting the impact of the pandemic on unpaid carers and calling on the Government to create and fund a Recovery & Respite plan.

Age UK’s role is to highlight the role of older carers and ensure the support they need is recognised. As well as arranging for two campaigners to speak with the Minister for Care and the Shadow Minister for Care during online calls, we also attended the Carers Week Parliamentary drop-in for MPs on 8th June.

Norman Philips, who cares for his wife, and Rasila Mehta, who cares for her sister, joined Age UK at the event and spoke to over 21 MPs and Peers about their experiences and the support they need to meet the demands of their roles as older carers. Alongside the more than 6000 campaigners who wrote to their MPs, Norman and Rasila demonstrated just how reliant the Health and Care sectors are on unpaid carers and made a very clear case for the need for immediate Government support.

You can read more about Carers Week and the Recovery & Respite plan here.

Norman Philips, Age UK’s Senior External Affairs Manager Eorann Lean, and Rasila Mehta

Loneliness Awareness Week – Tackling Loneliness with the Minister

We started the week with a webinar, chaired by Darren Henry MP, on supporting those on low incomes to overcome loneliness. We had a fantastic presentation from Jenny Paton at Age UK Wirral on their work with their local hospital trust.

To mark the end of Loneliness Awareness Week, Nigel Huddleston, the Minister responsible for tackling the loneliness agenda, joined a game of walking football in his constituency at Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire last Friday.

He got to see first-hand an example of the amazing work the Age UK Network does to tackle loneliness across the country. Walking football is a great way for players to socialise, while staying active at the same time.

The team spoke with the Minister about why playing means so much to them. Richard told him:

“I’ve made new friends and gotten to know more people. We all stop for a coffee after and have a chat. For those who are getting on or may have lost a partner, it helps with socialising. If someone doesn’t turn up for a few weeks, we reach out on our WhatsApp group.”

Richard, a regular walking football player

The Minister was happy to get stuck in and have a kick about with the team. It’s safe to say he thoroughly enjoyed himself and was very impressed with Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire, saying later:

“it was great to see their inspiring work helping older people make new friends while having fun and getting exercise.”

Nigel Huddleston, Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society

You can read more on the Age UK Discover blog and see some lovely clips of the visit on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s twitter feed below:

Thank You!

We are deeply thankful to all our campaigners and all the local Age UKs who support unpaid carers and deliver services essential to tackling loneliness in older people. This work is essential for supporting the older people who need us most. Age UK will of course continue campaigning for them, to make sure they get the support they need.

If you have any questions about our campaigning work, please get in touch – luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK secures win for cap on care costs!

We’ve had a huge win in our campaign to stop the Government from undermining their own cap on care costs! Thank you all for your help so far, find out what happens next below.

We are delighted to inform you that our campaign to stop the Government from undermining their own cap on care costs has secured a major win! On the 7th of March, the House of Lords voted against the Government’s change which would have taken the cap beyond the grasp of older people with few or modest assets, those living in poorer places, and disabled people of working age. Thank you for all your support with the campaign so far, find out what happens next and how you can stay involved, below.

The Government’s changes would be an extraordinarily unfair and regressive policy. Thankfully, due to our work with a coalition of organisations and Peers, the House of Lords has rejected the change. There was also a significant win for our colleagues at Carers UK to keep carers at the heart of the process that discharges people from hospital and into social care.

Next Steps

The Bill and the Government’s change to the cap on costs will now go back to the House of Commons and MPs will have to decide what to do. We will be working hard to persuade MPs on all sides that the change has to be rejected.

Your continued support will be integral to maintaining pressure on MPs to protect the cap on care costs. Please keep an eye out for how you can work with us to engage MPs ahead of the next vote.

For further information or to join our campaign, please get in touch with luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk

Social Media Content

If you have time to spread the word on social media, please retweet our thread on the importance of this win to help raise awareness.

Or, you can use this template tweet:

We’re so pleased Peers voted to remove #Clause155 from the #HealthAndCareBill. This is a vital step to making the #carecap work.

Thank you so much for everyone who made this happen, special thanks to Baroness Wheeler, Baroness @SalBrinton, Lord @AndrewDLansley and Lord Warner.

Thank you as always for your support!

Carers UK Launch the Carers Active April Campaign

Find out all about Carers UK’s new Carers Active April Campaign, including how you can get involved.

Carers UK are launching an exciting new campaign called Carers Active April, to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity for carers. The aim is for all carers to be able to access activity that is achievable, accessible, and affordable. Find out more details, including how you can get involved, below.

Carers have had an extremely challenging time during the pandemic, and many have seen their own health and wellbeing impacted by their caring responsibilities. Now more than ever, finding ways to improve carers’ health and wellbeing is crucial.

How to get involved

There are lots of ways to get involved with Carers Active April. You could run an activity or event such as walking, online yoga classes or dance sessions. Or you could share information and advice for carers on how to become more active and look after their wellbeing. Carers UK have put together lots of tips and resources to help you get started.

Visit the Carers Active April supporter area for a range of information, ideas, and resources for running an activity or spreading the word about the campaign.

Carers UK would be delighted if you wanted to run an event, and have produced some top tips and ideas for you here.

Whatever you decide to do, you can add your activity on the Carers UK website.

Find out more

For further details, please view the latest Carers UK newsletter.

Carers Active Project – Hub and Facebook Group

Carers UK have set up the Carers Active project to help make physical activity achievable, accessible, and affordable for unpaid carers. Find out all about the project here.

The Carers Active project from Carers UK has been set up to make physical activity achievable, accessible, and affordable for unpaid carers. A key part of the project is the Carers Active Hub and the Carers Active Facebook group, which are designed to help carers of all ages be more active and overcome some of the barriers to moving more. Find out full details about the Carers Active project and the Hub below.

The importance and positive impact of physical activity on carers’ health was highlighted again recently following the release of Carers UK’s Caring and Physical Activity report. It found that the impact of the increased amount of caring and the stress and anxiety of the pandemic has taken a clear toll on carers.

Now more than ever, finding ways to improve health and wellbeing is crucial. Around three quarters of carers do not feel that they are able to do as much physical exercise as they’d like to do and wanted to know how to build this into their busy lives.

We also know that:

  • 67% of carers said doing a range of physical activities helped them to feel more connected to other people.
  • 58% of carers said being active helped them to learn more about the importance of looking after their health.
  • Carers were more likely to categorise themselves as rarely or never lonely after finding an opportunity to exercise regularly.
  • Carers who take part in some form of physical activity say that their mental wellbeing improves as a result.  

Based on these findings, the Carers Active project has been set up to make physical activity achievable, accessible, and affordable for unpaid carers. A key part of the project is the Carers Active Hub and the Carers Active Facebook group, which are designed to help carers of all ages be more active and overcome some of the barriers to moving more. The Hub contains a range of advice and information about the options available for building more physical activity into life around a caring role.

The Hub includes the following:

  • Health information – key recommendations and how to get started
  • Activity ideas and sessions – inspiration and links to resources to help you find something you enjoy
  • Carers’ stories – carers share their experiences of getting active while caring
  • Expert advice – insight from health and social care professionals

You can access the Hub here.

You can join the Carers Active Facebook community here.

Carers Week Resource Pack | 7 – 11 June 2021

Age UK’s Campaigns Team have put together a resource pack for this year’s Carers Week. Find out how you can get involved.

Carers Week will run from 7 – 11 June 2021. 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. We’ve put together a pack of resources for you to start getting involved now. Read on to find out more.

The last year has been incredibly difficult for carers and it’s clear to all of us that they deserve more recognition and better support. Carers Week is a great chance for us to come together and make that case so please do get involved. This year will focus particularly on respite for carers, and we’ll be calling for the Government to provide much needed respite funding. The week is also a good opportunity to promote the fantastic services many of you offer to support carers in your area.

There are lots of ways you can get involved, both now and in the week itself. The Friday in particular will be dedicated to older carers, so we’ve put together a letter to the editor and some social media content for use on that day. Find more detail below:

What can you do now?

If you have 5 minutes:

Pledge your support for carers on the Carers Week website.

If you have half a day:

Organise an activity to take place during Carers Week to make carers feel visible and valued. For instance, you might hold an online coffee morning. You can find ideas for different activities in this guide.

If you are organising an activity, please list it on the Carers Week website here and let us know. If you already hold this type of event as part of your regular programming, please do list it.

What can you do during Carers Week?

In the week itself, we’d love you to get involved by writing to your local paper and posting about Carers Week on your social media. We’ve put together the following resources and templates if you’d like to use them.

Letter to the editor

Placing a piece in your local paper about Carers Week is a great way to raise awareness for carers. We know MPs read their local papers, so this is a chance to get carers on their agenda too, whilst raising your own profile as a local charity.

We’ve drafted a template letter to the editor using our latest research on older carers for you to send to your local paper. Please note that it is embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June, so please leave the embargo on the letter when you send it and make sure the paper is aware.

You can download the letter here.

Social media templates

Carers Week is a great time to share your resources for carers, highlight your services and promote the voices of carers on your social media channels.

If you’d like template posts for your Twitter and Facebook channels during the week, you can download some here.

To go alongside your posts, we’ve put together some creatives and graphics, which you can download here. We have also made graphics using our latest statistics on older carers, which will be embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June. You can download these here, but please do not share them before this date.

You can also share the official Carers Week graphics, which you can find here.

Breaks campaign

The Carers Week breaks campaign will be launching on Wednesday 12th May.

The campaign calls on the UK government to increase funding for carers’ breaks by £1.2 billion, through an additional £50/week paid directly to carers. An action will be added to the Carers Week website so please keep an eye out.  

We’ll be in touch with more information and resources when we receive them from Carers UK.

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.

Older Carers’ Day

Today is Older Carers’ Day, a chance to celebrate the work of more than 3 million carers across the UK who are over the age of 65. Below you’ll find a template social media message and a video from Sir Tony Robinson for you to share if you wish.

This week is Carers’ Week – an opportunity to celebrate the estimated 6.5 million unpaid carers across the UK, all of whom are playing a vital role during the Covid-19 pandemic. Today marks Older Carers’ Day, which will highlight the work of more than 3 million carers across the UK who are over the age of 65.

As it won’t be possible to host events as usual, this year’s Carers’ Week aims to raise our voices together to help “Make Caring Visible”. With that in mind, Age UK have created a template social media post for you to use to celebrate Older Carers’ Day if you wish:

Over 3 million carers in the UK are over 65.

This #CarersWeek, we are continuing to reach out to older carers to help  them feel less isolated during this difficult time, and provide any necessary information and advice: https://bit.ly/3czlzR8 #MakeCaringVisible

This social media post can be linked to the following video from Sir Tony Robinson, in which he shows his support for Older Carers’ Day and the Age UK network as a whole. If you do have time to share the video on your social media, that would be fantastic:

Other ways to support Carers’ Week

There are many ways to support Carers’ Week, including: adding your voice to the Make Caring Visible call; pledging your support for carers as an individual/organisation; or highlighting any digital events you may have planned. Age UK have submitted a pledge of support and we’d encourage you to send in your own pledges if you have capacity.

Carers UK have created some resources and guides to help you get involved with Carers’ Week, including useful information for unpaid carers. We know you’re extremely busy at the moment, so these materials are just here for you to use if you have time.

We have also made some more general Carers’ Week social media posts for you to use this week if you wish. These can be downloaded here:

For more information on Carers’ Week, head to www.carersweek.org

Carers’ Week starts today!

Today marks the start of Carers’ Week! As it won’t be possible to host events as usual, this year’s Carers’ Week aims to raise our voices together to help “Make Caring Visible”. This article highlights a number of ways to get involved if you have chance.

Today marks the start of Carers’ Week – an opportunity to celebrate the estimated 6.5 million unpaid carers across the UK, all of whom are playing a vital role during the Covid-19 pandemic. As it won’t be possible to host events as usual, this year’s Carers’ Week aims to raise our voices together to help “Make Caring Visible”.

There are many ways to support Carers’ Week, including: adding your voice to the Make Caring Visible call; pledging your support for carers as an individual/organisation; or highlighting any digital events you may have planned. Age UK have submitted a pledge of support and we’d encourage you to send in your own pledges if you have capacity.

Carers UK have created some resources and guides to help you get involved with Carers’ Week, including useful information for unpaid carers. We know you’re extremely busy at the moment, so these materials are just here for you to use if you have time.

We have also made some template social media posts for you to use this week if you wish – including a tweet for Friday’s Older Carers’ Day. These can be downloaded below:

For more information on Carers’ Week, head to www.carersweek.org

Carers Week 8th-14th June

Carers Week is still set to go ahead this year and will take place from 8th to 14th June. We’ll share updates and resources as they reach us.

Just a brief message to say that Carers Week is still happening this year! It will take place from 8th-14th June and the Friday (12th June) will be specifically focused on older carers. Carers UK are creating materials and a guide on how to hold virtual events (both online and offline) which we will share as soon as we receive them. We hope this will be within the next few weeks.

In the meantime you can find out more about Carers Week at www.carersweek.org

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