University proud to support carers in our community for Carers Week 2017

The University of Birmingham, a leading research organisation pioneering in caring research, is proud to support Carers Week 2017. Running from 12 to 18 June, the week long campaign aims to celebrate the vital contribution that carers make in Birmingham and beyond.

During this week, the University will highlight the research that will help today’s and tomorrow’s carers, the experience of our students and host an event to celebrate all the carers in our community.

Professor Saul Becker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and internationally-leading researcher on young carers, said: “I am delighted that the University of Birmingham is supporting national Carers Week. As a leading educational institution, and one that is world-renowned for our expertise in research and policy work on carers, we have a duty to support the carers amongst our staff and students,  and to engage more widely with discussions about the needs of carers across our diverse communities and society in general.” 

Heléna Herklots CBE, on behalf of Carers Week, said: “Carers Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people in the UK who care, unpaid, for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend. Caring can be a rewarding experience but without the right support many carers find themselves facing financial hardship, ill-health, emotional stress, relationship breakdown and isolation. 

“It’s fantastic to see so many events taking place across the country to support local carers. We hope that through these events; individuals, organisations and services will be able to see just what a positive difference they can make to the lives of carers. By thinking about what they need to build Carer Friendly Communities; whether that’s, for example, offering a flexible GP appointment, having flexible working policies or raising awareness in schools of caring.”

Carers Week 2017 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society and Which? Elderly Care and kindly supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition and the Lockwood Foundation.

Thousands of events are taking place across the country this week, and thousands of people have already pledged their support for carers online. To find out more about events during this week, please visit www.carersweek.org.

About Carers Week 2017

Carers Week will take place from 12-18 June 2017, across the UK.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with thousands of events planned for carers across the UK.

Carers Week 2017 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society and Which? Elderly Care and kindly supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition and the Lockwood Foundation.

Website: www.carersweek.org
Twitter: @CarersWeek  #carersweek
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarersWeek
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/CarersWeek

What is a carer?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

For some, taking on a caring role can be sudden: someone in your family has an accident or your child is born with a disability. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed: your parents can’t manage on their own any longer or your partner’s health gradually worsens.

The amount and type of support that carers provide varies considerably. It can range from a few hours a week, such as picking up prescriptions and preparing meals, to providing care day and night.

Caring will touch each and every one of us in our lifetime, whether we become a carer or need care ourselves. Whilst caring can be a rewarding experience, it can also have a damaging impact on a person’s health, finances and relationships.

To find out how you can get support in your caring role, visit: www.carersweek.org/support

Facts about carers

  • 6.5 million people in the UK are carers; that’s 1 in 8 adults (Census 2011)
  • By 2037, it is estimated that the number of carers in the UK will rise to 9 million (Carers UK)
  • Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people every year (Carers UK)
  • 58% of carers are women and 42% are men (Census 2011)
  • The unpaid care provided by the UK’s carers is worth £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer (Carers UK, University of Sheffield, University of Leeds)
  • Over 3 million people juggle care with work, however the significant demands of caring mean that 1 in 5 carers are forced to give up work altogether (Carers UK)
  • A BBC Survey (2010) estimated there are more than 700,000 young carers
  • There are 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 16-25 (Census 2011)
  • 1 in 5 people aged 50-64 are carers (Census 2011)

Carers UK is a charity registered in England and Wales (246329) and in Scotland (SC039307) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (864097)