Hello everyone welcome to your new blog for Matthew McKenzie a carer from South London. Now as of this blog it is carers week 2018. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
For this year carers 2018 looks to address caring in the community as where carers can come connected to the community and also keeping carers healthy. It is quite common to know that carers can also be isolated and caring for someone that they have known for most of their lives or at least someone special.
We all want a caring Society so that’s why it is so important and continue to address that carers can be connected to the community.
1. Make sure carer centers are still active in the area so at least carers have a safe space to go and get support and advocacy.
2. Make sure staff are trained to be carer aware and engage with carers and unknown carers as much as possible.
3. If you know of any carers or your close to someone who is currently carer, it does not hurt to give them a call to see how they are doing.
4. A good one is to make a Pledge on the ‘carers week’ website. https://www.carersweek.org/get-involved/pledge-support.
5. Educate carers on how they can keep fit and healthy so in order that they can care for others it is important that carers care for themselves.
6. Reward organisations that make a continued effort to raise the profile and support of carers so it can sit a good example to other organisations for instance GP practices, NHS trusts or councils.
It is so important that you raise and continue raise the needs of 6.5 million carers across the country. It is a shame that carers have to Sacrifice so much when their loved ones become unwell. Carers don’t often ask for much so that’s why we should at least give carers some recognition.