David pledges to support Stroud's 11,000 carers during Carers Week

David pledges to support Stroud's 11,000 carers during Carers Week

With more than 11,000 unpaid carers in Stroud constituency, David Drew MP has pledged his support to people who care for family members.

To mark Carers Week he attended a speed-networking event this week with carers and charities in Westminster.

The event was in support of Carers Week, to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide 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.

MPs heard from carers about their experiences and the support they need to take care of their own mental and physical health and well-being.   

Eight national charities have come together to call for urgent support for unpaid carers to be 'Healthy and Connected' as new research released at the start of Carers Week reveals the toll that caring can take on many carers’ own health and wellbeing.

Labour MP, David Drew, said:

“I was delighted to be able to show my support for the carers in my constituency at the Carers Week event and I pledge to support the 11,425 carers in Stroud Constituency through my work in  Parliament.  

"Unpaid carers make a huge contribution to our society, providing vital and often hidden support to friends and family members, and it is right that we value them and ensure they have the right support at the right time. I look forward to working with the Carers Week charities, and, with unpaid carers, locally, to make a difference to their lives.”

Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK, on behalf of Carers Week, said:

“Without the unpaid care provided every year by family and friends, our health and care services would collapse. Yet, caring for a loved one too often means carers neglect their own mental and physical health. By working together during Carers Week we have a huge opportunity to make our communities more Carer Friendly and make a difference to those who contribute so much.”

Carers Week 2018 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society and Which? Elderly Care and kindly supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition.

About Carers Week 2018

Carers Week takes place from 11-17 June 2018, 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 hundreds of events planned for carers across the UK

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 responsibilities can grow gradually over time: your parents can’t manage on their own any longer or your partner’s health gradually worsens.

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)

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