Carers Week is organised by eight leading charities, including Macmillan, to highlight and celebrate the contribution made by the UK's six million carers.
One of the themes of Carers Week 2013, which took place 10-16 June, was about recognising yourself as a carer. A recent report found that eight out of 10 (81 percent) carers were not aware of the support available because of the time it took them to identify themselves as carers. Find information and support about looking after someone with cancer.
We also have more information about how we can help in other ways.
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?
Don’t worry, 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 know that without the right support, providing this care can have a big impact on you – physically, emotionally, and financially. We’re here to support you. As part of what we do for you we run, promote and support events for Carers Week.
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, Carers Week asked people 'Are you prepared to care?' As well as helping to make sure those already looking after someone with cancer are accessing all the support they need, we asked whether the wider population would feel prepared to take on a caring role. We also looked at whether the government is doing enough to support the growing numbers of carers in the UK.
Events took place around the country, including everything from social activities, such as pub quizzes, picnics and pampering sessions, to expert information and support events.
A review of Carers Week 2013
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We were been blown away by the number of people who participated to make this the biggest Carers Week yet with more than 2,600 organisations taking part and around 10,000 events and activities happening throughout the campaign. So a huge thank you to all those who made it such a successful week!
During Carers Week 2013 we:
Spread the Prepared to Care? message far and wide.
Reached out to and identified carers.
Secured great coverage in both national and regional media.
Delivered 10,000 events and activities around the UK.
Took 100s of pictures for the Prepared to Care? gallery.
Encouraged nearly 180 politicians to support the campaign by attending events in their constituency, activities in the Parliaments and Assemblies of the UK or raising the awareness of carers in local and social media.
If you would like to get in touch and tell us about your event please contact Fiona Smith at Macmillan.
Carers Week Report 2013
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For Carers Week 2013, we asked you to tell us about your experiences of caring. You can view the results on the Carers Week website.