This year, Carers Week will take place from 6th – 12th June and will focus on ensuring that carers are Visible, Valued and Supported. To support your participation in the week’s festivities, we have detailed some ways local Age UKs can get involved below, including some infographics and template wording for social media and a template letter to local media.
As you know, Carers Week is an annual celebration of the role unpaid carers have in providing thousands of hours of care to friends family and loved ones and also a chance to focus on how they could be better supported.
The theme for this year’s awareness week is ensuring carers are Visible, Valued and Supported. As well as highlighting the important work of unpaid carers, the coalition of charities delivering Carers Week will call on the Government to implement a proper plan to provide respite and recovery for unpaid carers who rarely, if ever, get a break.
To support your participation in the week’s festivities, we have detailed below some ways local Age UKs can get involved. Don’t forget to promote the services and incredible work you do to support carers!
If you have 5 minutes…
Add Carers Week activities to the website
Are you running an activity during Carers Week? Add it to the Carers Week website.
Whether your activity is online, or you are running a face-to-face event, make sure everyone knows how to get involved.
If you have 10 minutes…
Promote Carers Week online
Use Carers Week 2022 as an opportunity to share the experiences of older carers and to promote your services and events for carers.
Use these graphics featuring statistics about older carers to highlight the experience of older carers in the UK.
Use your social media accounts to highlight your carers services and to promote any events you might be delivering during the week. You can also find template Facebook and Twitter posts, focusing on older carers and to promote your services, here.
You can also find official Carers Week graphics and resources for download here.
If you have longer…
Send a letter to editor
Use this template letter to editor to write to your local newspaper and highlight the experiences of carers and the need for a proper recovery and respite plan to ensure they get the breaks they need.
Your local newspaper may have a long lead-in time, so try and submit the letter as soon as possible, but be clear the letter is for publication during Carers Week (6th – 12th June). The letter is embargoed until 00:01 on 6th June.
Do you know any carers or older people who are supported by an unpaid carer who would be willing to share their story? Please let us know if you know any possible storytellers and if they would be willing to provide a quote for your Carers Week promotion.
Get in touch!
We will have more materials to share with you once the Carers Week report is ready to be published. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.