As Carers Week continues, read the latest research on carers from the Age UK Blog and download a campaign pack of resources to help you get involved.
Since the start of the pandemic, 72% of carers have not been able to have any breaks from their caring role. You can read more of the latest research on carers on the Age UK blog. We’ve also put together a pack of resources below to help you show your support for carers this Carers Week – including social media templates, a letter to the editor and more – so please do get involved if you have time.
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. 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 and resources and templates here.
What can you do?
If you have 10 minutes:
Post about carers week on your social media channels.
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, we’ve put some together that you can download 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.
If you have 15 minutes:
Send this template letter to the editor to your local paper. You can download the letter here.
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 the letter to the editor using our latest research on older carers. 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.
The Carers Week breaks campaign is calling on the UK government to increase funding for carers’ breaks by £1.2 billion, through an additional £50/week paid directly to carers.
You can get involved by writing to your MP through the e-action on the Carers Week website, which you can find here, and asking them to raise the need for better breaks support in Parliament. Please also feel free to share this action with your service users.
You can also download the Carers Week report Breaks or Breakdown from the Carers Week website. The report looks at the lack of respite for so many carers this year. The report’s key findings are as follows, which you may want to use in press releases or on social media:
- 72 per cent of carers have not had any breaks in the pandemic
- Almost two thirds of carers (63 per cent) are worried about continuing to care without a break
- Over a third of carers (35 per cent) say they feel unable to manage their caring role
- 74% of carers are exhausted as a result of caring
- 65% of carers feel lonely and isolated
- 71% or carers are stressed and anxious
You can also read and share this article on the Age UK blog which considers the consequence the lack of breaks has had for carers like Elaine, and outlines what the Government needs to do to ensure carers can take proper breaks.
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.