Carers Week 2015 took place from 8-14 June. It’s an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK.
There are hundreds of thousands of carers in the UK. People like Wendy, pictured, who cares for her grandfather Leslie. There are also now an estimated 116,000 carers over the age of 85 in England alone - many of whom put their own health at risk by caring for their loved one. We need to better support carers and those they care for, by working to build carer-friendly communities.
Each year, Age UK joins with Carers UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Carers Trust, Independent Age and MS Society to support Carers Week. This year our aim is to make every community carer-friendly.
Taking action for older carers
Over 2,400 of you asked your MP to show their support for Carers Week by attending the parliamentary launch event on 8 June. Over 130 MPs came to the event, where they were able to meet with local carers supported by Age UK and other charities. Thank you for taking action to encourage MPs to stand up for carers.
What happened during Carers Week?
Following the week's launch in Parliament on 8 June, Age UKs and other charity groups across the UK held events to celebrate carers, to help them relax, and to pass on information about support services.
For example, Carers Oxfordshire, in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire, hosted a series of Older Carers Day (12 June) cream teas. The Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, popped in to the cream tea in his constituency, Witney, to meet local carers.
You can visit the Carers Week website to find out about Carers Week events that happened in your area.