MPs attend Carers Week launch in Parliament

Over 100 MPs from all parties attended the launch of CarersWeek 2015 in Parliament this week to show support for carers. They spent timetalking and listening to carers’ personal experiences of caring, what it meansto care on a daily basis, and how this has impacted on their lives.

The MPs made pledges such as: “I pledge to speak up forcarers in Parliament”, “I pledge to guide carers to localsupport”, and “I pledge to build carer friendly communities.”

Carers Week Manager Diana Walles said: “It’sfantastic to see so many MPs supporting carers. Families are increasinglytaking on caring roles for older, ill or disabled loved ones, yet stillstruggle for recognition and support from health and care services and in theircommunities.

“Much progress has been made – indeed, almost 2,000people and organisations have already pledged to actively engage with carers intheir local community for Carers Week and into the future. But we still have along way to go. This Carers Week, we’re calling on individuals andorganisations to think about what they can do to improve the lives of carers intheir community.”

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness ofcaring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contributionthey make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This year Carers Week is focusing on “building Carer-FriendlyCommunities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, whilerecognising that they are individuals with needs of their own”.

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