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.
Carers Week daily updates
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Friday 12 June
For the first time, Carers Week has a whole day dedicated to Young Carers. To mark the day, new resources have been produced for schools, to raise awareness about the number and needs of young carers. You can order these at any time, and the first pack is free.
Macmillan also has a resource for young people looking after someone with cancer. And if you are under 18 and looking after someone with cancer you can join our facebook chat taking place on Macmillan's facebook page between 4 and 5pm today. You can ask your questions and hear what others have to say.
Thursday 12 June
Are you struggling to manage working and caring? Or are you not sure whether you can work at all while you’re looking after a friend or family member with cancer? There are currently over 500,000 people in the UK juggling working and caring for someone with cancer, so you are not alone. Macmillan has resources and guidance for people who are working whilst caring, and you can also call us on 0808 808 00 00 for financial guidance, information on your rights at work, and signposting to local support. Or just to have a chat.
Today we are focusing on this theme, as well as holding a focus group with healthcare professionals to discuss ways in which they can better support carers. Watch this space for guidance for professionals that is being produced over the summer.
Wednesday 11 June
Wednesday’s theme is focusing on the professional health and social care workforce, and celebrating the good practice that is taking place for carers of people with cancer and other conditions.
If you are a professional or a carer, Macmillan can offer a range of free online courses at learnzone.org.uk/professionals You can also check out Macmillan’s information and support and order free resources for people you know and people you care for who are affected by cancer. Simply log onto be.Macmillan at be.macmillan.org.uk to see what’s available.
Also, we are excited to share that Ricky Gervais has been tweeting for us for Carers Week! Thanks for raising awareness for us Ricky! Join the discussion at #carersweek
Tuesday 10 June
Today’s theme is about supporting the UK’s 6.5 million carers and listening to their unmet needs.
We enjoyed going to a Carers Information Day in Croydon last Thursday, talking to carers and local organisations and promoting Macmillan’s Carers Support, and we know that many of you are representing Macmillan this week in similar events around the country. If you’d like to tell us about what you’re doing, please email Elizabeth Grew at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read below to see how Macmillan can support you or someone you know who is looking after someone with cancer, and also to find Carers Week events in your local area.
Monday 9 June
To mark the start of Carers Week, YouGov survey results have been released today revealing that the majority of the public are unaware of the fact that they will be likely to care for a relative or friend during their lifetime. Only 9% of the nation understand the true impact that caring can have.
There are an estimated 1.1 million cancer carers in the UK and 46% of these suffer with mental health problems and 13% experience physical health problems. Macmillan Cancer Support is urging health professionals to routinely identify cancer carers and refer them to much needed practical, emotional and financial help.
This afternoon Lucy Schonegevel, from Macmillan’s Public Affairs Team, and Caroline, a Macmillan Cancer Voice, will attend a parliamentary event in Westminster, where carers have the chance to talk to MPs about their experiences and their needs. We are also teaming up with Marie Curie and running a stand and quiz for our UK Office about Carers Awareness. Results to follow...
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.
Take part in a 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.
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.
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.