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Council aims to raise profile of carers during National Carers Week

02 June 2023

As part of National Carers Week, Cambridgeshire County is highlighting the challenges faced by unpaid carers and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities in our region.

This year’s theme, focuses on 'Recognising and supporting carers in the community' and wants to bring communities together to recognise the huge contribution unpaid carers make to society.

Being a carer can be very rewarding, but can also be very hard work. There are lots of reasons why caring for someone can leave carers needing support and it’s important that they think about their own mental and physical health and emotional wellbeing as well as the person that they are caring for. Support is available for anyone who cares for someone else, whether they call themselves a 'carer' or not. This support can help make the caring role easier and it can free up more time for carers to take care of themselves.

Richard Howitt, Chair of the Adults and Health Committee for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We all have a role to play in recognising and supporting carers in the community.”

“We often hear people say ‘I’m just helping my mum/brother/friend’, but regardless of whether it’s picking up shopping or providing 24/7 personal care, we can help people access the right information, advice and support so that carers can continue to provide the vital the work that they do. I urge anyone who needs support to get in touch.”

If you provide care for someone, our partners are on hand to help: Caring Together for adult carers in Cambridgeshire; Centre 33 supports young carers in Cambridgeshire and Making Space helps carers in Cambridgeshire who look after someone with mental ill health.

Information for carers is available on the County Council website.