HomeCareDirect are proud to say that we have pledged to support unpaid carers, who make such a difference to their loved ones lives, by offering training, advice and support. We are one of nearly 4500 organisations, politicians, carers and others who have pledged this year. Click here to see all of this year’s pledges.

HomeCareDirect will also be attending several Carers’ Roadshows around Nottingham. On Monday 12th June two of our staff members, Sam Hey and Claire Molinari, attended the Bulwell Roadshow. Here they are at the HomeCareDirect stand.

We will also be attending Roadshows in Hyson Green and Mansfield.

Carers Week 2017 takes place from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th June and is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. Its aim is to improve the lives of unpaid 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 recognising the contribution the UK’s 6.5 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.

Carers Week 2017 is being delivered by a partnership of national charities: Age UKCarers TrustCarers UKMacmillan Cancer Support, MS Society, Independent Age, Motor Neuron Disease Association and Which? Elderly Care. The campaign is also being sponsored by Nutricia.

This year the focus is on Building Carer Friendly Communities. Communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

Carer Friendly Communities are aware of the part played by unpaid carers within their community. They have some understanding of a carer’s daily reality; that they can be under a lot of pressure, and are often hidden from view.

When a community is Carer Friendly, every corner – from the hospital, workplace, primary school, to leisure services and beyond – will be geared towards addressing the needs of carers.

This means that if you’re caring for someone unpaid, local services and systems will remove obstacles and make sure things are done differently so your life is a little bit easier.

Carer Friendly Communities reach out to support carers where they can. Working together, Carers Week and all the partner organisations are committed to building communities like these.