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Which? Elderly Care is working in collaboration with Carers UK to promote Carers Week in 2017. Read on to find out more about Carers Week, how we’re getting involved and how you can take part.

Carers Week

On this page you will find information on:

1. What is Carers Week?
2. Who is supporting Carers Week?
3. Carers Week on social media
4. More information for carers

What is Carers Week?

Carers Week is a yearly campaign focused on caring in the community, aiming to:

  • recognise the fantastic work done all year round by carers across the UK
  • increase awareness and understanding of caring roles
  • highlight the issues and challenges carers deal with on a day-to-day basis
  • emphasise the importance of the role of carers and encourage improved support nationwide.

The Carers Week 2017 campaign runs from Monday 12 June to Sunday 18 June and the main focus of this year’s campaign is Building Carer Friendly Communities.

What are Carer Friendly Communities?

A community is considered to be Carer Friendly if carers feel well supported within it and able to take care of their loved ones while being understood as individuals in their own right, with their own needs.

Support and understanding is crucial to people in caring roles, and can make a huge difference to their lives and the lives of the people they are caring for – that’s why we’re supporting Carers UK in their work to encourage change to help improve support structures nationwide.

On the Carers Week website, you can use the Carer friendly communities page to recommend Carer Friendly organisations and services, invite them to become a part of the movement or even register your own organisation to commit to a plan for a carer friendly future. 

Who is supporting Carers Week?

One of the other great things about Carers Week is how it brings together organisations to amplify important messages about carers needs.

As well as Which? Elderly Care, these charitable organisations are working together with Carers UK to support Carers Week in 2017:  

Carers UK are the organisers of Carers Week and the driving force behind this fantastic annual campaign. They are the only national membership charity for carers in the UK and are committed to making life better for carers through advice, information, support and campaigning.

Which? Elderly Care is a free online information resource that provides a wide range of advice about caring for older people. Our website is for relatives of people who need care, people who need care themselves and professionals who are looking for a comprehensive, independent online resource they can share. This is our first year as an official supporter of Carers Week. 

Carers Week on social media

It’s a well-known phrase: sharing is caring! Spreading the word about carers and the great work they do on social media is a crucial aspect of Carers Week. Every like, comment and share helps build awareness.

You can visit the official Carers Week pages on Facebook and Twitter, and get involved in the conversation using the hashtag #carersweek.

Also don’t forget to check out the Which? Facebook and Twitter accounts to catch our posts throughout Carers Week.

More information for carers on Which? Elderly Care

  • Advice for carers: Sometimes as a carer, you might need a little support and advice to help you through an emotionally draining time. Our comprehensive section contains guides covering a wide range of issues.
  • Carer’s assessment: The carer's assessment gives unpaid carers the opportunity to receive support either as part of the needs assessment of your relative or according to your own needs. Discover whether you might be eligible, how to get a carer’s assessment and more.
  • Your relative’s needs: We explain how to deal with common concerns and worries that you may have, with advice on providing physical, emotional and psychological support for your relative.

Last updated: June 2017
Next review due: June 2018