Carers Week - 9 - 15 June
Carers Week celebrates the UK’s 6.5 million carers and raises awareness of their vital role. Carers Week is supported by ten leading charities, including Macmillan.
Find a Carers Week event near you or get involved by joining the Carers Week Quest and pledging to host an event.
Carers Week 2014 - identifying carers
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Initially I suppose I didn’t see myself as a carer because it was a father-daughter relationship. That’s why events like Carers Week are absolutely vital.
Anne, who cared for her father
This year's theme is ‘identifying carers’. We want everyone who’s looking after someone with cancer to be able to access the support they need, when they need it.
We’ll also continue to ask people if they’re prepared to care. We will be letting people know that we’re here for them at all stages of caring - from when the person they look after is diagnosed right through to adjusting to their life after caring. We’ll help to make sure people who are already looking after someone with cancer are getting all the support they need. And we’ll be looking at whether the government is doing enough to support the growing numbers of carers in the UK.
Do you look after someone with cancer?
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You may not think of yourself as a carer. You may say ‘I'm just being their husband, partner, daughter or friend ...’ Yet the support you provide is vital - from helping with shopping, dressing, or taking them to the hospital, to being there when they need to talk.
Does this sound like you?
You’re not alone. There are more than one million people in the UK in a similar situation – people who look after someone with cancer who couldn’t manage without that help. We understand how looking after someone with cancer can completely take over your life. We know that without the right support, providing this care can have a big impact on you – physically, emotionally, and financially. We’re here to give you the support you need to feel more in control of your life.
Find support for carers
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the support we offer, see how we can help carers or call us on 0808 808 00 00. You can also come in to one of our information and support centres to speak to someone face-to-face.
Help us identify and support hidden carers
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Join the Carers Week Quest and make a pledge
This year Carers Week is asking everyone to get involved by joining the Carers Week Quest, the greatest ever drive to reach out to carers in the UK. We’ve joined the Quest and are pledging to reach out to hidden carers of people affected by cancer. We know there are people who look after someone but who might not say or think they’re a carer. And we want to tell them about the information and support we have for them.
You can get involved too. Join the Carers Week Quest and make a pledge.
There are many ways you might show your support for cancer carers. For example, you could pledge to:
plan or attend an event
get involved in local Carers Week activities
get active on social media
let those who look after someone with cancer know support is available.
Need a bit of inspiration? See who has already pledged their support on the Carers Week Quest Pledge Wall.
Take part in Carers Week event
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Events will be taking place all around the country during Carers Week and will include everything from social activities, such as pub quizzes, picnics and pampering sessions, to expert and support events. There are loads of ways you can get involved. Find an event near you.
Host an event
Joining the Carers Week Quest and pledging to hold an event is the ideal opportunity to reach out to carers and let them know about the support available.
We can help support you to hold an event by offering free resources and promotional materials and guidance. Visit our be.Macmillan site to get yours.
Once you've joined the Quest and registered your event, you’ll also receive regular updates and support from the Carers Week team, including free promotion of your event on the Carers Week website. When you register, carers will be able to search for details of your event, so please join the Quest and register your event today.
Free resources and support
For free promotional posters, a step-by-step guide to running an event and a range of free information resources, please visit our be.Macmillan site.
Carers Week 2013 - a review
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Last year we were blown away by the number of people who contributed to make it the biggest Carers Week yet. More than 2,600 organisations took part and around 10,000 events and activities happened. So a huge thank you to all those who made it such a successful week.
During Carers Week 2013 we:
Published the findings of Prepared to Care? [PDF, 754Kb] a survey of over 2,100 carers which explored the impact that caring has on people’s lives.
Spread the Prepared to Care? message far and wide.
Reached out to and identified carers.
Attracted great coverage in national and regional media.
Delivered around 10,000 events and activities across the UK.
Took 100s of pictures for the Prepared to Care? gallery.
Encouraged around 250 politicians from all four governments of the UK to join in. They provided messages of support on the Carers Week website and social media, attended events in their constituency and wrote articles in their local media and their websites.
Find out more about Carers Week 2013 highlights and achievements.