This Carers Week (7-13 June) a big ‘thank you’ goes out to the many unsung heroes who have cared for loved ones, friends and neighbours during the Covid pandemic.
Many carers have continued to provide support despite feeling isolated and unable to access their usual support networks. The dedication they have shown each and every day has ensured the care system and NHS have not been overwhelmed during the crisis.
In recognition of their efforts, 50 local unpaid carers nominated by Knowsley Carers Centre, Knowsley Young Carers, Knowsley Parent Carer Voice and The Alzheimer’s Society will receive an afternoon tea package, in a Care for the Carers event on Wednesday 9 June led by the LFC Foundation and Merseyside Fire Service.
Carers are also reminded that they are eligible for a Covid vaccination, not only to protect themselves, but also the people they care for. Carers registered with their GP, or who are in receipt of a Carers Allowance, should have been contacted to arrange an appointment for their vaccine. Those who don’t fall into these two categories, can ring Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group on 0151 244 4121 to request an appointment to be vaccinated.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
The theme for Carers Week is Making Caring Visible and Valued and this year’s campaign will highlight the vital role carers play in our communities and draw attention to just how important caring is.
Knowsley Carers Centre offers a range of services to support unpaid carers who live in Knowsley or care for a Knowsley resident. These include information and advice, benefits advice, carers ID and emergency cards, training activities, social groups, breaks, and counselling. They can be contacted on 0151 549 1412, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Knowsley Carers website.
The Council also provides support to carers to maintain a good quality of life. For a discussion on how you can be supported contact the team on 0151 443 2600.
Knowsley Council’s All Age Carers Strategy, launched last year, focuses on ensuring all carers are recognised and valued and that they receive supportive services, enabling them to have a quality of life similar to those without caring responsibilities. Read more here.
How you can get involved
Carers UK is shining a spotlight on the lack of breaks available to carers in the past year, and the worrying impact this is having on their health and wellbeing, as well as their ability to work and live a meaningful life beyond caring.
To address this situation, the charity is calling on the government to urgently increase funding for carers’ breaks by an additional £1.2 billion, so all carers providing significant hours of care can take a break.
To raise awareness of the campaign, carers are being asked to write to their local MP and tell them about their own experience of caring and how long it has been since they had a meaningful break. Just click here to write to your MP about the campaign! Please forward any response received to email@example.com, so that it can be followed up with the MPs.