Caring for Carers

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Sir,
Some 759,000 people in Scotland care, unpaid, for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend.
While caring can be rewarding, without the right support it can also take a serious toll on a carer’s health, relationships and finances.
That’s why, this Carers’ Week – June 12 to 18 – we are asking individuals and communities up and down the country to do what they can to make life that little bit easier for carers.
Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can make a difference.
This year, we want to highlight the importance of carer-friendly communities – places where local people and services understand what it is like to be a carer and show what they are doing to help and support carers better.
We are asking people to visit the Carers’ Week website to recommend carer friendly services.
It might be an employer, local GP, pharmacy, local care service, school or a café that is carer friendly.
We urge everyone to pledge their support to carers and make a change.
You could also run an activity or event and add it to the Carers’ Week website to get a free event pack with resources for your event.
Follow Carers’ Week on Twitter @CarersWeek and use the hashtag
#carersweek. Like Carers Week on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carersweek and join in with the discussions.
Simon Hodgson,
Director, Carers
Scotland on behalf
of Carers’ Week.

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