Carers Week 2013 takes place from Monday 10 to Sunday 16 June and Home Care Direct and looking forward to being part of this great event.

Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. It does this by:

  • Raising the profile of the role of caring in the national, regional and local media and encouraging groups and organisations to take part and organise events and activities.
  • Helping the public identify themselves as carers and access the support, advice and information they need.
  • Celebrating and recognise the contribution the UK’s 6.4 million carers make to the people they care for and their communities.
  • Highlighting the challenges of caring and campaigning for sustainable funding for services and support for carers and the people they care for.

This year the theme for Carers Week is Prepared to Care? Every day at least 6,000 people start caring. Becoming a carer can impact significantly on a person’s life – it takes time, energy, can leave you isolated and can be costly.

Prepared to Care? – the 2013 Carers Week campaign –will focus on how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively Government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.

Through Prepared to Care? Carers Week will highlight the impact of caring on daily life and, with an ageing population and higher incidence of disability and serious illness, encourage the public to think whether they could manage a caring role.

Prepared to Care? will also help those already caring to make sure they are accessing all the practical and emotional support they need to care safely and look after themselves.

Carers Week 2013 is being delivered by a partnership of national charities: Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK. It is also supported by Independent Age and the Stroke Association.

In 2013 the campaign is also being sponsored by Sainsbury’s and Skills for Care.

Organisations throughout the UK are encouraged to take part and join in by organising events, running information sessions and recognising the carers they work with or support. Local groups and organisations can register to take part.

Home Care Direct are proud to say we have registered to take part in Carers Week 2013 and we have lots of fun things planned.  Since we’re a national organisation who employ almost 400 carers on behalf of people all over the country, we’ve had to think slightly differently and come up with national events. We’re planning:

  • A ‘We Care’ free raffle of various donated prizes for all Home Care Direct carers.
  • An online webinar Q&A with the Home Care Direct Directors, where carers can ask questions about Home Care Direct and the care industry in general
  • A design a T-shirt competition – we are going to ask our clients to draw a picture that embodies how important their carers work is to them.  The winning T-shirt will then be made and presented to them and their carers

If you’ve got any other ideas for things we can do please let us know here!

Check out the Carers Week website here and show your support for the invaluable work carers do every day of the year.